It is easy to get bored with your workout routine and decide it is no longer worth participating in. When we don’t see the results we want fast enough, or we find the gym monotonous, we quit. It’s just human nature for the beginner to lose motivation after the first few months. Falling off the wagon is okay as long as you always remember to get back on.
If you’re guilty of giving in to gym boredom, you’re not alone. Here are seven tips to keep your exercise routine fun.
1. Work out with a friend- Working out with a friend can keep you motivated and hold you accountable for your gym habits. Generate a meet-up schedule that you both can follow weekly to ensure you don’t meaninglessly skip days. You can keep each other motivated to stay at the gym for longer intervals by making the experience more fun for both of you. Create friendly competition by seeing who can lift more, run longer or hold poses deeper.
2. Join a group class- Group classes keep things exciting by appealing to new and fun interests. Examples of group classes include spin, yoga, pilates, dancing or Zumba. Some traditional gyms offer group classes as an add-on option, or you can find a local studio. Participation in group classes can be a weekly occurrence or just something you occasionally do to break up the traditional workout routine.
3. Track your progress- You’d be surprised how motivating your own progress can be! Take photos of yourself at the beginning of your journey and continue to take them as you move along. Track the increasing weight you’re able to lift and how long you’re able to participate in cardio activities. Look back at your progress on a biweekly basis as a reminder that you are improving.
4. Create personalized playlists- If music motivates you, then personalized playlists are the way to go. Fast, upbeat songs are great options for cardio and strength training while slower, relaxing songs are great for your cooldown and stretching. If you don’t want to take the time to create your own playlists, music apps like Spotify, Youtube and Pandora have workout playlists ready to go.
5. Change the scenery- Get out of the gym for a day and exercise outside. Go for a run around a local lake or explore a new bike trail. Soak up that Vitamin D and sweat out those daily toxins. Similarly to participating in group classes, occasionally exercising outside keeps things exciting and prevents you from getting into a workout rut.
6. Explore some variety- Practicing the same workouts over and over can undoubtedly become boring. You may run out of exercises you know how to do, and you don’t want to risk injuring yourself by trying new things. Luckily, there are plenty of resources for new workouts that can add some variety to our exercise routine while targeting new muscles. A personal trainer can adjust your workout plan to keep things interesting as you move through your journey. If a personal trainer isn’t in your budget, there are apps and workout videos full of diverse exercises that you can follow along with on your smartphone.
7. Make time for rest- Always give your body enough time to rest between workouts. Alternate muscle groups each day to avoid exhaustion. Work to prevent muscle fatigue and injury as they will cause prolonged breaks between gym sessions, making it challenging to get back in the habit.
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