Get Through Those "Boring" Workouts: How To Make Exercise Fun
Updated: Jan 26
First: The Energizer Workout Bunny Effect
If you find exercise boring, or you can't seem to consistently find motivation to workout, then you're probably a little bit annoyed with a certain group of people.
You know who they are.
The ones who wake up thinking about a hard workout. Who tell anyone and everyone who will listen just how pumped up they got during their gym session.
Sometimes they're the ones who spew fitness motivation quotes as if they're a Pinterest board come to life.
Of course, I don't mean that there's anything wrong with that. Whatever motivates you to stay fit, healthy, and get after it is good in my book. We all motivate differently and the most important part is that you're treating your body well.
But I do also think it's super important that we normalize the idea that you're not always going to be motivated. There are going to be days where you wake up and don't feel as if you could ride on the back of the wind straight to the gym.
If you're lacking motivation to workout sometimes, that's normal and you're not beneath the Energizer Workout Bunnies that you know.
And if we're keeping it real, no one is crazy motivated to do a hard workout every single day of their lives.
Sharing highlights of our day is what we do. You're very rarely getting the full picture—so it's not difficult to feel like everyone around you is going after it at all times.
Motivational posts on social media can be super encouraging, but other times they weasel their way into the guilty, self-shaming portion of your mind.
I call this the Energizer Workout Bunny effect. That bunny is always going, battery never dies.
>>For legal reasons, this isn't about you Energizer batteries. :) <<
Anyways, and then we feel bad about it, because we don't feel that same way. Are we doing things wrong when we think working out absolutely suck?
Like I said, we're seeing snippets. Take me. I legitimately find working out enjoyable—exercise is literally my job after all-—and even I can't constantly muster this excessive level of pure excitement to get a sweat on and feel the burn.
Moral of the story, if you're feeling like you're the only one who isn't stoked out of their mind for Pilates on the lunch break, you're not.
You're not alone in that feeling—and you're not the only one desperately searching for how to make exercise fun.
7 Tips To Make Exercise More Fun
Do you want to learn how to make exercise a habit? Or at least get some ideas to help you get through those boring workouts that seem to drag on...and on...
Then read on for 7 busy girl ideas to make exercise more fun!
1) Own Your Workout
I know that not everyone is training for a competition—we all take our workouts with a different level of seriousness. But even though I apply this tip to my training as an elite athlete, the concept remains the same.
When you approach a workout that you've already deemed as boring, it's going to be boring.
You might surprise yourself and have fun, but the chances are slim. If you've already made up your mind that something is going to be terribly boring, you won't even make an effort to make it fun.
Nine times out of ten, that seals the deal and you're sure to end up hating it.
Next time a workout is coming up, acknowledge it as a workout that is an essential piece of your health plan.