Workout Boredom..The Antidote?

6 Nov

I have mentioned here before about me not being the best at keeping up with regular work outs.  I ebb and flow with the best worst of them.  I have managed to workout at home for the past year and half, and for a while, it was great.  However, I am now bored.  I don’t want to get up and workout in my living room.  If I am in my house, I want to be playing with my kid or watching TV.  It has become too easy to be lazy again.

Enter the gym membership.  In true domineering wife fashion, I had Tim go sign us up for a gym membership yesterday.  I had it burned in my brain that Tim was going to sign us up and my chunky butt was going to get in a workout.  Right now the gym is a nice new something (look something shiny!) to distract me from the fact that I am actually working out.  I was excited to get in there, scope it out and get my sweat on watch live TV.

I had it all planned out.  I got my workout gear on while Tim gave Harper a bath so that I could be there at a specific time after she was in bed.  That specific time would allow me to watch The Originals, New Girl and maybe even The Mindy Project if I was feeling frisky.  Remember, we cut our cable a few months ago.  I have to wait until the next day to see new shows.  The gym and my TV addiction are a match made in heaven…or so I thought.  Of the 12 TV’s, none were on The CW or Fox.  They had most of them doubled up on stations that no one would want to watch.  It was super annoying, but I did not want to waddle up to the desk on day 1 and ask them to change the channel.  I worked out to some jams, which was fine…I guess.

I only used the elliptical for the hour that I was there.  I really just wanted to get in a good cardio session, and the elliptical gave me the perfect opportunity to get a feel of the place before going and getting all roid’ed out in the weights section.  It takes me a few visits before I can get out of my own head enough to not give a crap what people think of me.

Of course I felt awesome for having worked out and yada yada yada…  I know the drill.  “The only workout you regret is the one you don’t do”, or something like that.  I know all of this.  It is just really hard to get up and do the damn thing sometimes.

So, as I try to push past this plateau, you can expect some tales from the gym and maybe one day I will throw caution to the wind enough to take a gym selfie..don’t hold your breath.

I did manage a wobbly picture of the elliptical when I was replying to a text.  I also took the obligatory heart rate monitor pic…you know as proof or the workout never happened.

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Which do you prefer, home workouts or sweating to the oldies at the gym?  Proponent of the gym selfie, or anti-sweaty endorphin high pics?

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14 Responses to “Workout Boredom..The Antidote?”

  1. Nicki November 6, 2013 at 9:03 am #

    I’ve done both. I’ve worked in the gym for years. Now I do stuff at home and I run outside. I liked the flexibility with the gym meaning the day care factor. I could go whenever, but the extra cash in my pocket is nice too!

  2. Elise @ 9toFit.com November 6, 2013 at 9:04 am #

    I like a good mixture of good. I get bored easily so when I do go to the gym I need to switch our my elliptical/treadmill workouts with alot of sprints and intervals like the one I posted yesterday.

  3. Heather @ I do what I want. November 6, 2013 at 9:06 am #

    Definitely ask them to change the channel next time! I much prefer the gym because the outfits and people distract me from what I’m doing. And, when I get tired of that, there are several tvs and my jamz :)

  4. Sara November 6, 2013 at 9:30 am #

    First of all, the most important comment: I’m so glad that you watch The Mindy Project and you need to have them turn the TV because I have an insane fear that its going to get canceled because nobody I know watches it.

    I don’t have a gym with babysitting anywhere near me and the one that I could go to after bedtime/before wakeup isn’t worth what they charge. So, its home gym for me, but I would if I could. I’d love to get back to step aerobics and such. Except, I’ve been fat for so long, I think easy things like step aerobics, cardio box, and such are a thing of the past and cross fit and pilates have taken over the world.

    If you want to watch tv and need to work out, be weird like me. I have a timer app on my phone that goes off every 30 seconds, just rings a bell. I set it for 20 or 30 minutes and I make myself a list of several exercises and go through the list. I do the list like 4 times. Its actually the most calorie burning thing I do. Better than wogging. Only problem is I’ve caught myself simply standing in front of the tv and never starting. If I get going and actually hit start on the timer app, I go for gold. Burpees, jumping jacks, kettlebell, anything to make my heart rate soar.

    You rock sista

  5. Jacquelyn @justjacq November 6, 2013 at 10:03 am #

    I just joined a gym and love it. I also needed a few days just doing the treadmill before I got the lay of the land and felt comfortable enough to whip out a weight routine. And I love gym selfies because I love looking back at them and remembering how hard I worked that day. I totally look around to make sure no one is looking at me and I think I’m being super slick but I’m sure everyone sees me. Whatevs. I post the weight routines I’m doing on my blog if you want some :-) I don’t make them up… I mostly get them from The Fitnessista. Go you!

  6. Kala @ My Breezy Room November 6, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    I am so glad that my gym has TVs attached to each elliptical, so then I just take headphones and I can watch whatever I want! I hated gyms with the big TVs because even if you get it on something you want, it’s usually not loud enough or you can’t hear for the volume on the other TVs. I’m sure the gym will be a nice change up from your normal routine!

  7. Merchon November 6, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    I am soo struggling with the same thing. I was working out at home for a while too and just fell off. I did my first crossfit class last night. I feel like I need somewhere to go. I have a gym membership, but feel all of the self conscious, oh I will do it at home, I don’t have anyone to go with, excuses. Good luck and I hope the membership helps!

  8. Aubrey Leigh November 6, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

    Congratulations on your new gym membership! So for about 2 years now my employer has paid for my membership and I still couldn’t get my lazy butt there. Yeah, I was pregnant twice or whatever, but you know. So I feel ya. It’s hard to get it done sometimes. All times. I, too, am fearful of the weights area. I haven’t tackled weights yet (running on treadmill and outside, and doing elliptical), although I know I have to at some point, just because I dread the inevitable conversations with strangers about my form or technique. Bleh. Kudos for getting started though!

    Aubrey Leigh

  9. Meredith @ Call Me What You Like November 6, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    I sooooo know what you’re saying about just DOING it. Sometimes it’s just the last thing I feel like doing. Yeah, you feel great. And yeah, it helps you get that body right. But dang….sometime it’s just nice to be lazy….and not have to freakin’ sweat!

    Good for you for going though!! Getting that routine down is always the hardest part and hey, at least it’s good that you’re switching it up! Baby steps, my friend. Baby steps!

  10. Megan Belcher November 6, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    I am a total home work out fan. It is sometimes just SO hard to get up and just do it! I totally feel you! Every once in a while I think “Maybe if I bought a gym membership I’d do it more…” But then I end up reminding myself that I thought that when I bought my workout DVDs too.

    Sometimes inspiration is hard to come by, but I’m totally grateful to be along the journey with you! YOU GOT THIS GIRL!

  11. Dalaina November 6, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

    I am a gym girl All the way! I have a treadmill at home but I couldn’t even tell you the last time I used it! I even have a tv above it! I Love doing classes at my gym I do boot camp MWF and weights T Th then jog or Zumba or spin after BC. Only down side is the gym in my town doesn’t have child care (a Must for me as a SAHM) so I have to drive 30 mins one way so I put in a good hour or two when I get there hey if I am going to drive for an hour I am going to Work an Hour!

    And good for you! Yes totally ask they will change the tv for you! :)

  12. Amber S. November 7, 2013 at 10:12 pm #

    Yay for shiny and new to get you excited again! I know just what you mean. I also cling to the elliptical if there’s not one of my classes going on. I look forward to your gym selfie :)

  13. Nichole C November 8, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

    I can’t get motivated at home. I joined a brand new gym that opened near me. They have TVs IN the cardio equipment. Its the most amazing thing ever, for me. I just zone, and go. If they have YouFit in your area, look into them. I need distraction!

  14. Ida Rutherford November 11, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    I run girl! Outside, where it’s free and my husband doesn’t have to pay anyone to let me sweat lol.

    Honestly, being married to a Scotsman is a treasure for sure…

    I would love a gym membership if only for the weight section, but like you it would take me a while to be able to get in there and not give a shit what people think of me.

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