Going to the gym is not everyone’s thing. For some people it’s just the infinitely better option as opposed to going outside and working out in the elements. Sometimes they don’t like the place, sometimes they just don’t like working out. Whatever it is, the gym can get stale eventually. The reason carries a lot of weight with it, but no matter why you’re getting bored you can always find new ways to entertain yourself at the gym. It’s way more beneficial to not only your mind and your routine, but to your actual workout if you’re having fun. That’s because you’re going to end up working out harder if you’re having a good time. Keep things fun and fresh by trying these tricks the next time you go.
MusicThe first and most popular trick is music. Get together a playlist of all of your favorite songs that are really upbeat. You can have a few slower ones if you want, but keep those at the end of the playlist for a cool down. When you’re in the middle of lifting or hitting that peak on a treadmill you don’t want anything throwing off your game. It’s amazing how many people don’t listen to music when they work out. It can affect your entire mood. If you feel like you’ve gotten too used to what you’ve got in your library but can’t buy more, download the Pandora, Spotify, or Last.fm apps. These have stations already built that can be looked up with words like “Country Workout” or “Power Hip Hop Radio”. They’ll put in the stuff you know and love, but also some remixes and new songs you may not have heard of. The mix is surprising and keeps you alert. If you don’t like something, just skip it. If you don’t happen to have a smart phone or iPod, you can buy a cheap iPod Shuffle or some knock-off for the gym. It’s well worth your money and time. Go Here For The Best Workout Playlists.
Change It UpSome people really just don’t like routine. That’s fine, you don’t have to be so routine on gym days. Mix it up by writing down what body part you’re going to do each day and what exercises would work for that. With that in mind, throw your list away. Then when you get to the gym you have a rough idea of what you’re going to do but nothing set in stone. Going around and doing whatever machine pleases you while having a semi-set schedule in mind will help you feel fluid enough to not get stuck in routine. Reward yourself with a fun class on the last workout day of your week if you went all of the other days. This new way of burning fat and building muscle will help keep you motivated for a treat at the end.
If you think music won’t help you but you’re a book nerd, get a few audio books to engross yourself in at the gym. You want to avoid actually reading because you’ll be paying more attention to holding the book and turning the pages than on actually working out. By keeping it hands free you’re able to hold your arms the correct way while running and can keep your head straight. Running and reading is way too hard anyway.