Do you find yourself wishing your workout were over before it starts? It's okay to dread the really tough exercises, but you should never actually hate working out. That's a problem. Because when you're unmotivated during a workout, you end up stopping and completely sabotaging your goals. (If your schedule is the problem, see How to Create a Workout Schedule.)
Luckily, you can fix the problem by restructuring your routine. Changing things up will minimize boredom while maximizing results. Get inspired and rethink your fitness routine with the following tips.
Mix It Up
With so many cross-training opportunities, you should never get ina rut. Try a new workout each day to keep your mind and body guessing. Try:
- Boot camps
Work to the Music
The right song can tune out the world and tune your body to exercise. According to researcher Costas Karageorghis, for many athletes, music becomes "a type of legal performance-enhancing drug." It boosts our mood, makes us happy, and allows us to more easily target our training zone.
Take a Class
A group setting can force you to focus and to take responsibility for your workout. Classes make you feel part of an exercise community, and they are particularly effective for people who like structure and prefer to let someone else take charge.
Invite a Friend
Many people find working out with a friend reassuring and inspiring. Partner up or simply go together for moral support. However, it helps to work out with a friend who shares your fitness objectives. This ensures that the two of you will be equally challenged. (No buddies around? Try a Virtual Workout Buddy.)
Wear a Heart Rate Monitor
These devices are like having a personal trainer on your wrist. They keep you honest and informed by measuring your exertion rate. The ones that also count calories and calculate training levels are great motivational tools. (See Heart Rate Training: Everything You Need to Know.)
Taking any or all of these suggestions will ensure that you continue to embrace your workouts for a long time to come. And don't forget to reward yourself. Invest in new shoes, clothing and accessories from time to time, especially when you reach a milestone. It will make you feel more confident and accomplished.
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