Over the years, I have acquired quite a few workout DVDs. Well, to have variety my routine and not get bored, I've decided to do a "grab bag" of workout DVDs. Just round up all of the DVDs, get a bag, and shake it up. Pick out a dvd and that will be the workout of the day. after you're done, set it to the side instead of putting it back in the bag so you won't accidentally pick it again. repeat each day until the bag is empty and then start over!
I get bored easily but want to stay focused on exercise. Meanwhile, I realized that I have a LOT of workout videos. So I've made up a weekly checklist of about 8 workouts, e.g., 3 different cardio videos, 3 different strength training videos, 1 yoga, 1 abs--plus a long walk with my walking group. I do 0-3 videos daily, depending on my energy level and schedule. Each month I make a new list using different workout videos, maybe substituting a Pilates video for yoga or abs.
The other day I was in the library (I go there a lot for books, movies, and free WiFi), and I realized--Hey, they have workout DVDs I can check out for free here! So, I checked out "Bollywood Burn" and went home and tried it. It was fun and free! I know I'm not the only one who craves variety, and utilizing your local library is a great way to keep your workout fresh and exciting for free! I can't wait to try more!
Plan you menus. How many calories, protein, carbohydrates, and fats do you need for each day?
Taste all the different apples at the grocery store to find your favorite! I'd been buying Red Delicious out of habit, but decided to try all the others at the store. It's fun bringing a different one to work every day and trying all the different tastes. Cameo and Honeycrisp are my new favorites!
We all like variety, but none of us want to spend all day cooking! I have about 3 go-to meals that I can always whip up in a hurry, but they're easily customized depending on what I feel like eating. Oatmeal w/ flax seed for breakfast (add toasted, chopped nuts, maple syrup, craisins, whatever!), stir-fry for lunch (any veggies you have, egg, whatever other protein is lying around the house), or fish and veggies.
Cross train - have a variety of exercises - in order to keep your routine fresh and motivating. It will also help to break through plateaus.
Build a salad bar for the fridge's bottom shelf. After grocery shopping, wash and prep all fresh veggies/fruits. Store attractively chopped, sliced & minced ingredients in clear sealed bags, filed in an easy- to- reach storage box with a tight lid, so you can bring it all out at once.
Try new foods, experiement with spices, discover fresh herbs, or even just change up your usual meal plans. I find I'm a lot more likely to start dreaming about a burger or nachos or something unhealthy if I'm bored with my food.
Take the boredom out of salads. Keep a variety of different salad fixin's to vary up your plate. I keep craisins, low fat feta cheese, low sodium - low fat grated cheeses, low sodium turkey breast, as well as broccoli, cucumbers, carrots, celery, frozen baby peas and healthy salad dressings.
So, you're a runner, right? Well, go take a Zumba class! Or you're a swimmer? How about some spinning?!
I workout 3-4 times per week and hardly ever do the same workout twice in one week. I make sure to add variety to my workouts, try new strength training moves, add jumps to my aerobic exercises, whatever I think of to make it fun. It takes boredom out of the process and keeps it challenging!
The hint here is to workout without even realize it! Plan different things to do, like a day skiing, or snowshoeing, going on a hike, or a historical tour of your city. Make something different and fun, and you will exercise without that feeling "I have to workout"...
Eating a variety of different foods help shake up a meal, especially casseroles and one-dish meal. It is as easy as adding a side of vegetables, a salad or fruit, or maybe even a whole wheat roll. Same goes with fitness, cycle through several different types of routines every couple weeks.