Even the most dedicated person experiences periods when it's a
struggle to get any fitness activity into the day. Expanding your fitness
activities is a good way to increase your motivation.
Coaching and teaching
If you are bored with a sport or activity you once enjoyed,
coaching or giving instruction can renew your interest. (You may need to learn
how to coach properly, but that can be fun as well.) Young people and those who
are new to a sport often have an enthusiasm for it that you can catch. Coaching
or teaching will also make you feel proud of your skills, even if you are not
an expert, which can lead to renewed interest in them.
Youth leagues for organized sports are often
seeking good coaches.
If you ski, offer instructions at a ski
If you cycle, offer to lead a group of schoolchildren on a
bike ride to teach bicycle safety.
Offer to lead an informal
fitness class at your workplace during lunch or after work.
Competition can be a good motivator because:
It gives you a specific and measurable goal to
Learning the details of a new course or event and
then preparing for it can restore the excitement and challenge that's gone from
more familiar competitions.
Helping to plan or organize a competitive event instead of entering
it can provide friendship and fun with others interested in the same activity.
Cross-training is the combination of various activities to spread
the work among various muscle groups. Cross-training has some important
It prevents boredom by providing variety. It
can help you break out of a slump.
It helps you maintain balance
among your various muscle groups. For instance, runners who have developed
powerful leg muscles might cross-train to strengthen the upper body, which does
not get a good workout from running.
It reduces the risk of
injuries because the same muscles are not being stressed in the same way during
Some exercise machines, such as elliptical cross-trainers, can help
you cross-train. Or you can use exercise machines that give variety to your
program by working muscle groups that aren't heavily used in your primary
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerHeather Chambliss, PhD - Exercise Science
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