Are there good programs out there that will help me stay fit without getting bored when I'm not participating in a team sport or working towards a specific goal? I'm willing to pay a small amount or make investments in equipment, but ideally the monthly cost should be less than a gym membership.
In the past, I've managed to stay engaged in fitness programs by participating in a team sport, where the desire not to let down the team motivated me to show up and work hard even when my heart wasn't in it. But my schedule now makes that hard -- I have enough time for exercise each day, but not always at the same time each day.
I've also been motivated by goals -- strength training so I can do a pull up, running a 5K, then a 5K at a certain speed, then a half marathon. But when I accomplish whatever my goal is, I'm no longer interested in the often boring tasks that helped me achieve it. And honestly, my underlying fitness goal is not to look different, run faster/farther or lift more -- it's to keep exercising often because it's good for my health and it makes me feel good.
Right now I'm doing the Jillian Michaels "30 Day Shred" video, and I'm enjoying it. But what comes next after 30 days? Repeating the same three workouts over and over every month sounds dull. I don't really want to have to spend $20-$50/month on fitness videos just to keep myself exercising without getting bored.
I know that I'm capable of devising my own program. I've got a shelf full of books about weight training, heart rate training, etc. But devising my own program takes so much time and effort that the process of coming up with a plan destroys some of my motivation, and then pretty soon I'm bored with whatever I came up with and I have to do it again.
I guess ideally I'm looking for the fitness equivalent of The Fresh 20
-- I'm paying $5/month, and every week I get a list of ingredients to buy at the store, some prep work to do ahead, and recipes to cook. Somebody else does the hard work of planning for me, and my meals are healthy and varied, so my body is healthy and I don't get bored while eating well.
Is there a similar service in the exercise world? Something that for a small monthly fee comes up with rotating 30-60 minute workouts to try, so I stay healthy, feel good and don't get bored out of my mind?