As a general rule, Americans desperately need to spend more time in the gym. As a nation, the United States is overweight and suffering from all the associated problems that come with obesity. Heart disease, diabetes and high risk of stroke all abound. An entire industry has grown up around promising an easier way to shed those unwanted pounds, but the only healthy way to lose weight and keep it off remains the same as always. That way, of course, is through healthy eating and regular exercise. Americans, unfortunately, tend to focus on one or the other rather than combining them. Many people spend exorbitant amounts of money on craving-crusher shakes, special weight-loss meals and other diet foods while refusing to go to the gym. Others worse out like maniacs and hire special trainers but continue to subsist on a diet of cheeseburgers and hot dogs.
One of the most common excuses people give to avoid exercising is that they find it boring. Even if they know it is good for them, the idea of spending 30 minutes inside a gym bored out of their skull is torture. Those people, however, might not find working out so boring if they tried something other than walking on a treadmill or doing bicep curls. Here are six things you have to try if you find exercise boring.