Tired of Exercise?
Mindy Berry & Nancy Rones
Give yourself a pat on the back: You’ve made the commitment
to getting fit, dutifully dedicated a few hours a week to breaking a sweat,
and—best of all—watched as the pounds began to steadily melt away.
Unfortunately, exercise boredom is one of the top reasons people throw in
the towel. It can also lead to a weight-loss plateau: Our muscles get just as
bored with the same old fitness routine as our minds, so when the newness
fades, they stop responding, bringing weight loss to a grinding halt. The good
news: Jump-starting fat burn is as easy as taking exercise up a notch or making
a few tweaks to your current regimen. This month, Real-Life, Healthy Life
fitness guru Jillian Michaels pays a visit to Jennifer Strange's home in
Traverse City, MI, to help recharge her get-fit goals -- and give her (and
you!) a new routine designed specifically to nix boredom, deliver fast results,
and fit even the busiest lifestyle.
Boredom is only one of many reasons for falling off a fitness plan, so
before Michaels shared her new workout routine, she helped Jennifer tackle her
biggest fitness roadblocks.
Hurdle #1: NO TIME
"Mondays and Tuesdays I have class after work, so I leave the house
before 8 a.m. and don't come back until 10 p.m. In fact, I'm only able to pick
up my son, Keegan, from child care before 6 p.m. twice a week. I also have to
teach a class on Saturday mornings, so Sunday is my only free day, and I try to
devote it to Keegan."
-- Michaels's fix: "Jennifer does have a lot going on, but that's why I
know she can find room in her day for fitness. She's so good at juggling her
commitments that once she makes exercise a must-do, she'll get it done. Some
ideas: "On one of the weeknights when she comes home on the early side, she
should do a workout DVD while Keegan plays nearby. And if she wakes up just 15
minutes earlier twice a week, she could complete one 30-minute circuit workout
by doing half one morning and half the next. Jennifer could also ask
who--ever's watching Keegan on Saturday mornings to stay 45 minutes longer so
she could hit the gym. If you really look at your schedule, I bet you'll find
pockets of time where exercise will fit in."
Hurdle #2: NO MONEY
"I can't afford to pay sitters -- it's too hard to justify in my budget.
My mom sometimes watches Keegan on the weekends, and his other grandma helps
out during the week. But I already rely on them so much, I feel bad asking for
-- Michaels's solution: "Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to sneak
fitness into your day on the cheap. At work, Jennifer should take a 20-minute
walk on her lunch break -- that costs nothing! Jennifer also has a jogging
stroller, which she should use with Keegan. One fun, free routine: After
getting your child settled in, try fast walking for five minutes, then
recovering for two minutes, alternating between the two for 30 minutes. And be
sure to make your last stop the playground -- that's good exercise for both of