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.
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.
Competition can be a good motivator because:
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
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
October 25, 2011
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Heather Chambliss, PhD - Exercise Science
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