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Fitness

Beat Workout Boredom

When your brain abandons your workout routine, your body is soon to follow. Here's how to bust out of almost any exercise rut and get back your motivation.
Need New Ideas for Working Out at Home

Instant replay: If you miss your fair-weather routine, go ahead and re-create it indoors. It's possible -- promise! Turn your road bike into a stationary one by mounting it on a CycleOps Magnetic Bike Trainer ($179, rei.com), or keep running sans trail with the Stamina InTone Jogger trampoline ($80, sportsauthority.com). And bring a touch of the outdoors inside to help you get your nature fix: Open up the shades and add some low-maintenance plants, like bamboo or ferns, to your exercise space, recommends trainer Ellen Barrett, creator of the Studio exercise DVDs. "They'll add some much-needed oxygen, not to mention a welcome touch of green, while you work out," she says.

Gear shift: Netflix it. For $9 to $17 per month, you can get an endless supply of fitness DVDs (find more than 1,000 exercise titles at netflix.com). One week do yoga, strength training, and kickboxing; the next, order Pilates, cardio sculpt, and belly dancing -- you may find your new sweat-session obsession!

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