2000-11-25 / Sports

Fitness Forum

Dear Shaun,
By Shaun Ruskin

Dear Shaun,

I finally found my way into the gym, but whether I’m jogging on the treadmill or lifting weights, I rarely complete my workout. I tend to get bored and ultimately end up leaving. Any pointers on keeping myself interested, so I can finish a workout for once?




It’s somewhat of a disturbing circumstance, isn’t it? You’ve found exercise, which is proven to physically and often mentally improve your position in life, but yet you just can’t seem to keep yourself interested in doing what you now know will truly better your situation. It’s almost like a scene straight out of the Twilight Zone. Nowhere near as exciting though, or thrilling, so I suppose if you really think about it, it isn’t anything like that at all, is it? Let’s just move on, shall we?

I cannot tell a lie my friend...not everyone and their mother is going to hands down enjoy exercising and working out. I know, it’s sad, but true. So what is a man to do when faced with a doubtful dilemma such as the one faced by you? Pay attention as I attempt to kick some knowledge...in the non-limerick format, of course.

What you need to do Tom is distract yourself with some sort of attention grabbing device. Here’s an example. There is not a single living child that enjoys eating brussel sprouts. But if you put that sprout on a fork and pretend it’s an airplane coming in for an emergency landing, your baby is going to love every last bite of that traumatizing vegetable. I used to chow down on liver because of that sneaky trick.

Now I realize that we’re no longer children, and not as easily distracted, but we are still humans, and because of that my theory holds true. Take something you enjoy doing, something that will distract, and incorporate it into your workout. For instance, if you like listening to music, then bring a Walkman with your favorite mix tape or a Discman with your favorite CD. Within four or five songs, you’ve already done 30 minutes on the treadmill, or 30 minutes of weight lifting, without even realizing it. If you take pleasure in reading, grab a book and mount it on a treadmill. As chapter 2 comes to an end, so will your workout. The same goes for weight lifting. Between sets you can read a magazine, or the morning paper. You can even catch up on some work, or maybe writing. Not to mention envisioning the wonderful results and benefits you will acquire, that helps a bundle as well.

It’s that easy Tommy. Take something you enjoy, and kill that second bird with the same stone by bringing it into your workout. Certain circumstances in life are not so fun and exciting for everybody, but if they’re beneficial, sometimes it’s worth doing it. Occasionally the doctor needs to stick us with a needle. Nobody likes it, but if you close your eyes, hold your breath, and think happy thoughts, it’s not so bad. That was a frightful comparison, I apologize, and I think I’m going to depart on that note. Work, walkman, a book, a hobby, chatting with a friend, or whatever your liking. The idea is to enjoy yourself, better yet enjoy the results, look great, feel great, and I’ll see you at the gym.

Shaun Bigshotss@aol.com

Enjoying their results, and definitely not bored, are Harbor Health & Fitness beefcake’s, Hans and Frans Rosenzweig, who seem to have surrounded Shaun.

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