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11/4/17 8:38 P

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I do different programs on the elliptical and then do pretty much the same routine for my legs and upper body. Although I do sometimes change the weight routines by using heavier weights or using the machines instead of dumbbells. I like the consistency and it's been working so why change.

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11/2/17 4:54 A

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I love my "boring" lap swimming. It's great to be on autopilot and just let my brain wander. If I've had a stressful day, I try to focus on being mindful and enjoying the feeling of the water on my skin, the reflections of the sun in the pool and the sounds of splashing. Other days I use my time in the pool to think through a problem or daydream about an upcoming event.

In order not to stagnate, I pick one day a week to work on sprints and another day to push myself distance-wise.

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ZRIE014 Posts: 91,943
10/26/17 12:38 A

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one of ways that i keep working out on the treadmill being boring, i listen to music while i'm working out.

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10/25/17 6:46 A

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Routine boring is great for those times in your life when there are other major stressors. You don't have the additional stress of figuring out how to fit it in or when to do it.

Thinking about the time when my kids were very little and I didn't want to get a babysitter just so I could go exercise. So each and every morning I got up before they did and worked out with Gilad.



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ZRIE014 Posts: 91,943
10/19/17 12:38 A

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a routine is only boring if it is boring to you. you can change routine to keep it from being boring. i train on the treadmill and keep myself entertained by listening to music. it helps me to exercise.

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10/18/17 8:22 P

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My routine tends to be very similar week to week... belly dance practice drills for cardio and lots of squats, dead lifts, and other strength training exercises. I wouldn't call this "boring" -- I really like everything I do for fitness -- but it is the same thing week in and week out.

That said, I think it definitely helps me with consistency. It's harder to make excuses when you know exactly what to do and how long it will take. Even more so if you can do the exercises at home. Plus, I think dancing and weight lifting are both tons of fun. That's really what led to this "boring" and consistent routine: I have a lot of fun with things the way they are, so why change it up with something I despise like running or spinning?



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10/18/17 7:35 P

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Guess my routines could be called boring since I do some cardio on the treadmill, elliptical, rowing machine 4 or 5 days/week. If I don't do that I take a spin class or walk around town. For me the routine is making sure that I get at least 30 minutes of cardio every day. I add to that with barre & stretching classes.
The power of that approach for me is that exercise is a non negotiable part of every day.

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10/18/17 3:01 A



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I like variety, but there's a lot to be said for routine. I wouldn't call it boring, though; I think "well rehearsed" is a better description. If you do the same thing over and over and over, you reach a point where your don't have to think about it and your mind is free to wander. It becomes almost like meditation, or like playing a well-practiced musical piece. I suspect that a lot of people who are successful at sustaining an exercise routine over the long term are able to do it because they enjoy exercise as their "thinking time."



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10/18/17 2:05 A

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I'm not sure what you mean by a "boring routine"....!! While I tend to do the same activities (walking/biking), I don't find that "boring" in the least bit. I will say I avoid stationary, indoor bikes and choose a more complete workout on a road bike. Every time I ride, I find different routes--changing up intensity and some rides are long and straight--some are hills and lots of turns which challenge your balance and core muscles--seeing different things, feeling the weather.... Ditto for walking outside!
I might choose the same activity--but enjoy a different experience each time. THAT is powerful!!
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ZRIE014 Posts: 91,943
10/18/17 12:46 A

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it is good to have routine that you use to help with your training, but it is sometime help to vary your training program.

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10/17/17 9:55 A

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I need to have a routine. I have a stationary bike and ride 3-4 times per week. Every Monday, Thursday and Saturday, for sure it is in my schedule and is a habit, I don't want to break.



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10/17/17 9:32 A

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Thank you all for responding!

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10/17/17 6:59 A

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Well we are creatures of habit. I think it does help to have the same schedule, but to mix it up a little. For example, I teach HIIT training Mondays and Thursdays, but when they come in it's a different routine each time, and it might hit a different muscle group for that time. So they know what's coming (routine), but it's a shock to the system!



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10/17/17 12:38 A

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it is good to have a routine that you perform daily then you know what to do, but it is sometimes to try some variety to help how you feel.

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10/16/17 2:41 P

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Sure, I believe there are benefits of having a routine that never changes.

I say this because, if you find some form of exercise that you will do--on a regular basis--either every day or at least five days per week--you are going to see benefits.

Rather than jumping around from routine to routine--and never really getting good enough at anything to see positive results.

I will use my self as an example, I have been a bodybuilder for 30 years--I will admit that I am not a big person--but, by doing what I love for the past three decades, with basically the same routine, I have gained muscle, gotten stronger, and have a lot more confidence in myself than I had when I was younger.




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10/16/17 2:01 P

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Hi everyone!

I'm writing a blog about the power of a boring fitness routine. It doesn't mean you do exactly the same exercises in exactly the same way every day, but are you a creature of habit who likes the same basic activities? For example, maybe you're a walker who prefers walking as your main form of cardio.

What can people gain by having a routine that never changes? Are there benefits? Does it lead to consistency? Is it easier to keep up with a routine when you know what to expect every single day?

If this applies to you, please send me a SparkMail with answers to the questions above and you might be featured in my story!

Thanks so much!

Coach Jen

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