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What exercise/program defines BORING for you?

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  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Member, Premium Posts: 20,373 Member Member, Premium Posts: 20,373 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.

    Y'know, I think this is something bizarre about my brain**, but I can't watch TV while rowing machining.

    Music, podcasts, audio only: Fine.

    Add video, and I lose focus on technical details and groove in bad habits that will bite me come Spring, when back in a boat (where bad technique can easily turn rowing into swimming, Not A Good Thing especially in open water in Michigan in Spring, because cold, maybe even ice chunks at first).

    ** To make my point explicit: I'm not criticizing you! It's me that's weird. I'm actually envious of you.
  • freda78freda78 Member Posts: 326 Member Member Posts: 326 Member
    Indoor cardio bores me to tears.

    Yep, but that is what I do when it is too cold and/or wet for my daily 5 mile walk. I put a film on and try to forget about the activity.
  • rosebarnalicerosebarnalice Member Posts: 3,231 Member Member Posts: 3,231 Member
    Anything using a machine :smile: I LOVE TO SWIM!!!
  • Speakeasy76Speakeasy76 Member Posts: 660 Member Member Posts: 660 Member
    ninerbuff wrote: »
    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.
    While time passes faster with someone, I actually enjoy walking alone. Gives me the time to get "within" myself and think. And I think of a lot of different things. As of late it's been about how I can improve my home.

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    Same here. I also try to do a bit of "mindful walking" and get out in nature a bit. My husband would rather go with me, and I feel bad telling him I'd rather go by myself!
  • cwolfman13cwolfman13 Member Posts: 39,304 Member Member Posts: 39,304 Member
    AnnPT77 wrote: »
    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.

    Y'know, I think this is something bizarre about my brain**, but I can't watch TV while rowing machining.

    Music, podcasts, audio only: Fine.

    Add video, and I lose focus on technical details and groove in bad habits that will bite me come Spring, when back in a boat (where bad technique can easily turn rowing into swimming, Not A Good Thing especially in open water in Michigan in Spring, because cold, maybe even ice chunks at first).

    ** To make my point explicit: I'm not criticizing you! It's me that's weird. I'm actually envious of you.

    I'm the same way on my bike when I had my dumb trainer. More like I'd lose focus on my intervals and intensity. I would occasionally spin a bit while watching football or something, but that was pretty much just to move and spin my legs and get a little exercise without any real kind of training purpose.
  • dsc84dsc84 Member Posts: 195 Member Member Posts: 195 Member
    Not a fan of steady state cardio. I'll lift anything heavy any day of the week, but tell me I have to go for a long walk or run I'm not interested. I love HIIT type cardio.
  • freda78freda78 Member Posts: 326 Member Member Posts: 326 Member
    cwolfman13 wrote: »
    AnnPT77 wrote: »
    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.

    Y'know, I think this is something bizarre about my brain**, but I can't watch TV while rowing machining.

    Music, podcasts, audio only: Fine.

    Add video, and I lose focus on technical details and groove in bad habits that will bite me come Spring, when back in a boat (where bad technique can easily turn rowing into swimming, Not A Good Thing especially in open water in Michigan in Spring, because cold, maybe even ice chunks at first).

    ** To make my point explicit: I'm not criticizing you! It's me that's weird. I'm actually envious of you.

    I'm the same way on my bike when I had my dumb trainer. More like I'd lose focus on my intervals and intensity. I would occasionally spin a bit while watching football or something, but that was pretty much just to move and spin my legs and get a little exercise without any real kind of training purpose.

    I have a app on my tablet that beeps at the intervals I set. Really works for me.
  • kshama2001kshama2001 Member Posts: 24,083 Member Member Posts: 24,083 Member
    For those of you bored by yoga, have you tried the "power" yoga types? Ashtanga?

    I'm never bored by yoga, but I have to be in the right head space for it - already reasonably chill.

    I'm bored by any indoor stationary cardio.
  • ninerbuffninerbuff Member, Greeter Posts: 45,205 Member Member, Greeter Posts: 45,205 Member
    AnnPT77 wrote: »
    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.

    Y'know, I think this is something bizarre about my brain**, but I can't watch TV while rowing machining.

    Music, podcasts, audio only: Fine.

    Add video, and I lose focus on technical details and groove in bad habits that will bite me come Spring, when back in a boat (where bad technique can easily turn rowing into swimming, Not A Good Thing especially in open water in Michigan in Spring, because cold, maybe even ice chunks at first).

    ** To make my point explicit: I'm not criticizing you! It's me that's weird. I'm actually envious of you.
    Possibly because your focal view changes when watching TV while rowing. It's back and forth so your eyes focus and refocus continually whereas on the others you don't need to eye focus.


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  • ninerbuffninerbuff Member, Greeter Posts: 45,205 Member Member, Greeter Posts: 45,205 Member
    dsc84 wrote: »
    Not a fan of steady state cardio. I'll lift anything heavy any day of the week, but tell me I have to go for a long walk or run I'm not interested. I love HIIT type cardio.
    Running HIIT is brutal if done correctly. I do it 3 times a week and my recovery after 8 sets takes a toll. I walk so much slower and it takes me about 5 minutes to speed up to normal again.


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  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Member, Premium Posts: 20,373 Member Member, Premium Posts: 20,373 Member
    ninerbuff wrote: »
    AnnPT77 wrote: »
    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.

    Y'know, I think this is something bizarre about my brain**, but I can't watch TV while rowing machining.

    Music, podcasts, audio only: Fine.

    Add video, and I lose focus on technical details and groove in bad habits that will bite me come Spring, when back in a boat (where bad technique can easily turn rowing into swimming, Not A Good Thing especially in open water in Michigan in Spring, because cold, maybe even ice chunks at first).

    ** To make my point explicit: I'm not criticizing you! It's me that's weird. I'm actually envious of you.
    Possibly because your focal view changes when watching TV while rowing. It's back and forth so your eyes focus and refocus continually whereas on the others you don't need to eye focus.


    A.C.E. Certified Personal and Group Fitness Trainer
    IDEA Fitness member
    Kickboxing Certified Instructor
    Been in fitness for 30 years and have studied kinesiology and nutrition

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    It's not the watching that suffers, it's the rowing that suffers.

    One year, I let myself get way behind on the C2 Holiday Challenge, and had to do some 20K days to finish (not 20k without a break, but still a tedious amount of volume). So, I watched movies. The movies were swell. The rowing gradually slid in the direction of s*ck.

    I fall back into bad habits that I'd previously laboriously mostly broken, like opening the body angle a little too soon, or not getting my heels down fast enough, or a bit too much layback, or . . . . !

    Something about the visual stimulus is too absorbing or distracting, and I start to lose focus on the tiny details of technique. I can't afford that. Audio is fine. I just see at higher volume than I hear, brain-wise, I guess. 🤷‍♀️
    edited January 30
  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Member, Premium Posts: 20,373 Member Member, Premium Posts: 20,373 Member
    Oops, network glitch, duplicate post.
    edited January 30
  • AndreaTamiraAndreaTamira Member, Premium Posts: 272 Member Member, Premium Posts: 272 Member
    I like some indoor stationary exercises, but hate stationary biking. It is boring AND hurts my behind.
  • sijomialsijomial Member, Premium Posts: 18,551 Member Member, Premium Posts: 18,551 Member
    I like some indoor stationary exercises, but hate stationary biking. It is boring AND hurts my behind.

    Yes and yes!
    Even with exactly the same saddle and riding position indoor cycling is a PITA after a short time - missing the rocking motion you get when riding outdoors apparently.
    With good music I can tolerate an hour or a little more indoors for my technical (mostly interval) training but need to put in some standing cycling for saddle relief. Very much training for results and not exercise for enjoyment though.
  • ythannahythannah Member Posts: 3,748 Member Member Posts: 3,748 Member
    kshama2001 wrote: »
    For those of you bored by yoga, have you tried the "power" yoga types? Ashtanga?

    I need constant motion to stay engaged and interested. Unless there is some form of yoga with an activity level roughly equivalent to aerobic dance class, it has zero appeal for me. Plus, given limited time for working out, I need to get an effective cardio bang for my exercise buck.

    I have to admit that I find the music and being told when/how to breathe super annoying too.
  • nytrifisoulnytrifisoul Member Posts: 486 Member Member Posts: 486 Member
    Any intense indoor exercise. Less intense indoor exercise like walking, I can watch tv and completely forget im walking for a few hours. But when im doing intense exercise like my treadclimber, i can barely focus on the tv. I usually have to listen to music to get through it. NFL or UFC i can watch and get into the exercise, but those shows are only on once a week so only get a good intense workout on those days.
    edited January 30
  • Slejhamer2112Slejhamer2112 Member Posts: 10 Member Member Posts: 10 Member
    cwolfman13 wrote: »
    I have discovered Zwift and enjoy it far more than any other indoor cycling I've ever done.

    My wife LOVES Peloton classes but I find those incredibly boring, and most of the instructors annoying. I almost regretted buying a spin bike for indoor cycling, but I recently found Zwift and am really digging it. Gives new life to the bike for me, and is a completely different experience from the Peloton-style classes. Ride on!

  • 33gail3333gail33 Member Posts: 781 Member Member Posts: 781 Member
    I hate lifting weights - I am one of those odd people who really likes running on the treadmill. I also find the indoor bike boring but I am stuck with that now instead of running because my knee is shot.
  • WandRsmomWandRsmom Member Posts: 253 Member Member Posts: 253 Member
    Spin class made me want to light my hair on fire to make it interesting.
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