Don’t you hate it when you get bored at the gym? You’re four weeks into your new workout plan (or maybe two…or maybe six…), you’re feeling good, then you go to the gym to bust it out and…
Blah! You can’t do it. Because you just don’t want to do it again! You are SO bored!
We all know that it takes 4-8 weeks to start seeing results from a new workout plan, so it’s hard to stick with something once you get the boredom bug. How do we bust through it?
First of all, it’s OKAY to stray from your workout plan. Just because you wrote it on paper (or a trainer did) doesn’t mean that straying from it will automatically undo everything you’ve worked for. Nope. Not even close.
Here’s what I do, and here’s what you’re going to do.
1. Download a new CD. You’re worth it. Just do it. It’ll set you back $8-$12 which is like 2 Starbucks lattes, so just do it. (I’ll do it with you, and I choose…Gavin DeGraw’s “Make a Move” album)
Now, I say download a whole CD, and not an upbeat playlist you’ve put together for a reason! CDs are riddled with a variety of music; some upbeat songs, some ballads. We’re going to need this variety for our boredom-busting workout.
Another reason I say to download a whole CD is that you don’t know all the songs! This will be very important. You’ll have to listen to the beat, be surprised. When you know all the songs on your playlist you’re more likely to want to skip a few songs or get bored and checkout early because you know what the rest of it is going to sound like.
2. Get on the treadmill or on a stationary bike (we all know it’s too cold outside to even pretend like we’re working out outside). Ready?
3. Run/bike WITH the music. You’ll be essentially doing intervals. You’ll “run it out” during the fast choruses, slow down for the versus, jog at a steady pace during the ballads. You’ll need to change your pace and your “sprints” during every single song.
This works! Why?? Well, you’re keeping things interesting! You’re getting to know new music! You’re continuously working and guessing what is going to come next. You’re sweating and having fun. You’re BUSTING THE BOREDOM!
Good luck! You got this!
Oh, and my new CD?! It’s a great one! I highly recommend it!
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