Stop your interest from fizzing out faster than you can drop the kilos.
Ways for those easily bored to stick to their fitness and diet plans. (Photo: ariwasabi / www.123rf.com)
You have to derive pleasure from the activity you’re doing or you’d give it up. Gym-based routines bore you. The usual cardio exercises, like running and swimming, are also a drag. Sound familiar? According to American fitness expert Linda Shelton, you’re a “squigglie” – a term coined by her to describe folks whose interest fizzle out fast.
You’re also constantly snacking, quite possibly to avoid feeling dull as you get bored easily. But, you justify your actions by telling yourself you’re only eating “healthy” foods, like nut bars. Warning: Because you don’t count calories or read nutrition labels, you don’t realise that one bar could add as much as 250kcal to your daily count, says Jaclyn Reutens, clinical dietitian at Aptima Nutrition & Sports Consultants.
1. Easy way to stay focused on losing weight: Try something new
Set a goal to master a new sport. This activates and challenges different groups of muscles to torch more calories. As soon as you find something you enjoy, stick to it and amp up the level of difficulty to avoid stagnation, advises Alfred Tang, a freelance personal trainer.
2. Easy way to stay focused on losing weight: Vary your exercises
Since “squigglies” quit when they don’t derive pleasure from their activities, Linda recommends having an extremely varied exercise plan. This includes lots of different classes and new activities to maintain interest in exercise.
Check out these memberships by Guavapass, Passport Asia, Dossier Singapore and Kfit Singapore. These outfits offer monthly membership with unlimited access to boutique studios and their classes. That means you can do spinning, hatha yoga and bootcamp whenever you like!
3. Easy way to stay focused on losing weight: Distract yourself
Every time you reach for a snack, ask yourself if it’s because you’re hungry or bored. If it’s the latter, distract yourself with a walk or do mental sums. You can calculate the number of times you’ll need to run round a track to burn off the extra calories, for example. Hint: It’s three and three-quarter rounds per 100kcal.