One of the biggest things that deters many people from working out is a fear of boredom. After all, a long weight training session or run can be very mind numbing if you don’t find a way to spice things up. If you find that you just aren’t motivated to work out because of the boredom factor, there are several different tricks you can use to keep yourself entertained. Before you know it, your workout will be over!
Go to the gym with a friend.
It’s surprising just how motivating it can be to work out with another person instead of doing it by yourself. Next time you feel like you just can’t be bothered to head to the gym or out for a run, grab a friend or family member and take them with you. You’ll have someone to talk to (or complain to if the workout isn’t going well!), and you can motivate each other with a little friendly competition. Plus, you can reward yourself with a nice meal or even some drinks afterwards and have fun catching up.
Listen to a podcast.
Many of us listen to music when we workout, but if the same old playlist is starting to get you down, try a podcast instead. There are so many podcasts online, it’s nearly impossible to choose just one to listen to. Whether you love sports, politics, lifestyle, or even creepy ghost stories, there’s something out there that will appeal to you. Podcasts appeal to our social side by essentially engaging you in conversation, without you having to respond. Their longer length will also keep you on the treadmill or in the weight room for a few extra minutes without you even realizing.
Deal with your problems.
Although this sounds rather daunting, it is actually one of the best ways to keep your brain engaged during a particularly long workout, and it has real-life benefits for you as well. If something’s been bothering you at work or at home, now is the perfect time to think through it. You can develop new solutions, decide what you want to say to others involved, or just think back through and process what’s been going on with you the past few days. If you lead an incredibly busy lifestyle, this could be one of your only opportunities to really deal with what’s been bothering you.
Try a completely new workout.
If nothing you do is making your current workout more interesting, then it may be worth it to switch things up a bit. Pick something off the beaten path, like a martial art or team sport. You might find that the change was what you needed to be more engaged while you exercise.
Although it can be difficult to stay entertained while you exercise, adopting a strategy and sticking to it is one of the best ways to get more out of your workout. Instead of thinking of it as a chore, think of it as free time to relax your mind and do something that’s good for you.