Joy Held's Writer Wellness

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Wednesday Workout: Exercise is Boring

on January 12, 2011

There are five primary areas of practice to the Writer Wellness plan. Every other week I will post an idea for relaxation (Monday Meditation,) creative play (Tuesday Tickle,) fitness and exercise (Wednesday Workout,) journaling and misc. (Thursday Thought,) and nutrition (Friday Feast.)

Even if it’s producing results, exercise can be boring. When you think exercise is boring it’s time for a change. Time to shake up the workouts or possibly time to get started with a fitness plan you can manage that will reap solid benefits.

Think of “boring” as a symptom of repetitive stress syndrome. Exercise bores you because your muscles are no longer responding to the actions because you do the same treadmill, the same bike, or the same yoga practice over and over again. You have created “muscle memory,” which is good, but the average person’s muscles respond better to a variety of workouts. Muscle memory is important for dancers and athletes who have to perform consistenly under stress. Games and performances are stressful and these folks rely on muscle memory to carry them through, but the same exercise routine day after day for the average person causes muscle fatigue because after a certain point muscles stop improving they tire and do not improve. This is the feeling that leads someone to think, “This is boring.”

Variety is the secret. Create a fitness program that includes a number of varied options. Exercise reaps more benefits faster and maintains results longer if the body and the brain are regularly challenged by variety. Mix it up. Yoga, treadmill, aerobic dance, walking, martial arts, kickboxing, recumbent bike, and weights can make for an interesting week of productive exercise. And change the locations. That helps also.

Writer Wellness, A Writer’s Path to Health and Creativity

Who Dares Wins Publishing


One response to “Wednesday Workout: Exercise is Boring

  1. joannaaslinn says:

    Hi Joy,

    Great post! When I find myself getting ‘ho-hum’ and making excuses to skip the exercise routine, I pull-out my YouTube playlist of favorite fast and upbeat songs/videos. (Think: Beyonce, All My Single Ladies, and Je-Lo, Let’s Get Loud to start me off.) I pop the thing on full screen and dance away! A lot more fun than a static routine and I try to throw in some more formal moves, squats, lunges, etc during some of the songs that slow the pace a little. I also try to get creative with the large ball and challenge my muscles in ways I’d never consider. Feels great when I pull off a move I’d never conceived possible.

    Joanna Aislinn
    Dream. Believe. Strive. Achieve!
    The Wild Rose Press

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