by Mary J. Shomon
In my newsletter, I mentioned that I found myself getting bored sometimes working out on my home
treadmill. I asked if anyone had any good tips on how to not get bored exercising at home. The good
advice poured in from fellow thyroid patients who have mastered the art of regular workouts!!
The advice was too good not to share with everyone who, like me, might need a little extra push
to get the exercise done!
I'm sure that you'll find some inspiring and practical ideas in these wonderful suggestions, just as I
1. Get a Good Tape, Follow the Progress, and Use a Trainer
"I have been exercising regularly for the past four or five years and the
for me is having a GOOD tape to watch. When I am engaged in a tape, the
hour flies by. Also, I use exercise equipment where I can measure my progress and compete
against my acccomplishment/record from the previous day. That is more
motivating than merely using a machine which does not give feedback. And last, I hired a personal trainer
for a few sessions to help me better
understand strength training exercises. So now I am confident that my
is being utilized effectively. I have added variety to my routine."
2. Hire a Trainer to Motivate You!
One reader hired a personal trainer, and I can't imagine slacking off when you are paying a dedicated trainer to help you work out. Our Exercise guide has great advice on how to choose a personal trainer.
3. Use Great Music, and Work Out With Friends!
"I have never been one to enjoy exercise. Ever. Even as a child, once I hit puberty it was a chore to
move around. However, in 1992 I lost 80 pounds, and it was clear that part of remaining healthy was
I use a treadmill several mornings a week, and it helps me to use new age meditation music with
headphones, thus making my walking time a time of walking meditation. Three mornings a week, I meet
friends that I otherwise do not have time to nurture a relationship with--we have set that time aside to
both walk together and as our special friendship-nurturing space. That means I keep 3 neat people in a
good central space--otherwise, I would not have that opportunity. Knowing I have someone to meet at
at 5:45 am on Tuesday and Thursday, someone I will ENJOY walking with, gets me moving. On
Wednesday, I meet a friend at a mall (she hates being outside if it is dark!), and that is fun, too--it
makes me look forward to the exercise. And it does provide a nice afterglow, both physically and
"In your latest newsletter you asked for information about exercise that isn't boring. After years of
jogging, step aerobics, exercise machines and walking I have finally come up with an exercise that is fun
really works without much effort. I ordered a rebounder off of the internet and I love it. A rebounder is a mini trampoline. I costs about $250, which is less than a treadmill and is more effective. Best of all it is like when you were a kid and jumped on your bed. Don't waste your money on the $30 ones
that they sell in the discount stores. They are not the same quality. Here is the site I ordered it from:
5. Listen to Books on Tape
"For boredom, a very real problem, several suggestions: I have found, and
others agree, that walking outside, where your feet make contact with
earth (sort of) is better for you then a tread mill. So, when possible,
walk outside. In either case, try a Walkman, with tapes of music you
or even more distracting, books on tape. They are wonderful. If you
like the reading voice, of course, it doesn't work. Get a bunch from
library, and just listen to the ones you like. You will be amazed how
quickly time goes by when your mind is sharply engaged. I find, for
instance, when I have to stand a long time doing a job, and my legs get
tired, and my body is restless and annoyed, if I put a tape on, I relax,
the job, and don't mind much at all."
6. Concentrate on the Results
"Hi, I'm hypo and started exercising six days a week about five months ago.
I am up and at the wellness center by 6:15 a.m. I've never been one to hold
to an exercise routine, but I've seen so many positive results that I've
with it. Getting up and getting it over is one of the great things. I'd
always find excuses not to go later in the day. And I've not experienced
lethargy in the afternoons that I used to. I think exercise for
hypothyroidism can have some really positive results."
7. Do the Body For Life Routine
"Approximately 17 weeks ago I started Body for Life. One of the great
things about his workout (Bill Phillips..the author) is, although you work
out 6 days a week..its not as tough as it seems. Your cardio is 3 days a
week...for 20 minutes, then weight training 3 days a week for no more than
50 minutes. The beauty of it is...you do High Intensity Interval Training
(HIIT), i.e. 3 minutes warmup (I also use a treadmill) increase 1 min,
increase again 1 min, increase again 1 min, for 4 cycles then on your last
cycle, the 18th minute you reach for a 10...the max you can do, then 1 min
cool down..Sooo ...you are constantly changing, no time for boredom..also
with this type of training you burn more calories "after" the workout than
a normal boring walk....If you are at all interested check out his website
. I love this workout and it's
8. Walk Outside Instead of Inside!
"I too am not a great exercise fan, and did the treadmill for years. Then
It broke and the new ones were so expensive I decided to walk outside each
morning for 45 minutes instead. I actually ENJOY doing this and try to
never miss. I live in a beautiful wooded area so no matter what the
season it always looks wonderful. Something about being outside invigorates me
and since it is hilly here, I feel like I get a great workout. Try getting outside
for some brisk walking and see if that helps your exercise routine."