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What exercise/program defines BORING for you?

ninerbuffninerbuff Member, Greeter Posts: 44,900 Member Member, Greeter Posts: 44,900 Member
People are all different. Some find joy in exercising with weights and others with cardio, while some love yoga, etc. But I'm more than sure many here have tried forms of exercise they found boring. What made it boring to you? For me, it was cycling class. There's really only a couple of ways to pedal, so while yes you can turn up resistance, or "climb", doing an hour of cycling classes don't do it for me. I do have a mountain bike that I ride outside which I do enjoy.

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  • cwolfman13cwolfman13 Member Posts: 39,135 Member Member Posts: 39,135 Member
    Pretty much any indoor, stationary cardio with one caveat which is I have discovered Zwift and enjoy it far more than any other indoor cycling I've ever done. Not so much the just riding around part...though that can be mildly entertaining, but I am enjoying the structured programs and workouts and it's easy to see where I need to improve and see improvements being my pedal stroke is inefficient with lots of dead spots and my FTP is for *kitten* right now...which I kinda expected being off the bike for about 9 months. I also like the whole "video game" aspect of it and chasing badges and whatnot and lots of cumulative training data in one place.

    But yeah...pretty much droning away on the treadmill, elliptical, stair master, my old dumb indoor trainer, etc...You're just staring at the wall. I also don't really enjoy cardio that doesn't have some kind of real world functionality that translates over to other things I do. I've yet to figure out what the elliptical would make me better at (except for improved cardiovascular capacity) it makes my feet go numb. Also, jumping around my living room to a DVD or YouTube just doesn't do it for makes me feel like I'm just doing random stuff to do stuff...which is fine, but not my cup of tea.
    edited January 28
  • MaltedTeaMaltedTea Member, Premium Posts: 5,318 Member Member, Premium Posts: 5,318 Member
    Isometric holds. Essentric moves. Yoga. Pilates.

    Thing is boring isn't necessarily bad. All of the above have a place (although minor lol) in my workouts at some point during the year.
  • ythannahythannah Member Posts: 3,704 Member Member Posts: 3,704 Member
    It's a tossup between walking on a treadmill and yoga. I think yoga might have the lead though because you could always watch TV while on the treadmill.
  • JennliftsandspinsJennliftsandspins Member Posts: 150 Member Member Posts: 150 Member
    Walking outside alone. I want to walk with friends or my husband.

    On the treadmill or rower I can watch a show but usually choose YouTube to spin, do yoga or circuit training.
  • gigius72gigius72 Member Posts: 183 Member Member Posts: 183 Member
    I like movement. I can't stay in place for to long.
    I love running (not on a treadmill). I've been doing Aikido for close to 15 years and as meditation I use taichi.
  • quiksylver296quiksylver296 Member, Premium Posts: 28,074 Member Member, Premium Posts: 28,074 Member
    I don’t really mind anything I’ve tried. Indoor cardio is probably the closest to boring, but I just put on a podcast and I’m good to go.

    But I’d always rather be lifting. 😉
  • janejellyrolljanejellyroll Member, Premium Posts: 25,511 Member Member, Premium Posts: 25,511 Member
    Resistance training. I mean, I know it's important, but if there was another way to get those benefits, I'd quit so quickly.

    Also not a fan of anything that has me watching someone else's movements and repeating, like aerobics, etc. I'd much rather have a simpler movement and be able to let my mind wander, things like running, cycling, etc.
  • claireychn074claireychn074 Member, Premium Posts: 475 Member Member, Premium Posts: 475 Member
    Running or cycling (sorry @sijomial ) and prehab work. Necessary but deathly boring. Let me clean and jerk!
  • heybalesheybales Member Posts: 18,771 Member Member Posts: 18,771 Member
    So many of the listed cardio workouts, when inside, if no music - so boring.

    Can tolerate or enjoy if music available.
    Have done 2 hrs on gym spin bike with my own mix with cadence (bpm music) changes for up & down hill and level hard efforts, my own routine.
    Treadmill same thing, some variety in pacing and matching music needed.

    Stretching can barely do needed required stuff so will call that the most boring, but never tried a yoga or stretching class because I know I couldn't take it.

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