Gray ratty sweats, gray rainy day, same old same old on the iPod. You. Just. Don’t. Want. To. Exercise!
Here are five tips for having fun during your next workout.
Set an “I rock” goal! Pick a rock star move you’ve been wanting to do and do it. Sprint up that hill at breakneck speed. Or increase the weight you lift by 10% on the leg press and push out those reps with gusto. Try your usual pushups but on a BOSU or Styrofoam roller so you’re really feeling your core as well as your arms, chest, and back. Pick a usual activity or a secret “wanna do” and go for it! Pat yourself heartily on the back when you’re done.
Update your music. I get into this rut a lot; I’m just so sick of the “gym shuffle” mix that I could, well, skip my workout. Take your newest upbeat CD and load it to your iPod or download some new tunes from your favorite music source. Don’t overlook Pandora; type in “workout” and you’ll get lots of mixes to follow, some by famous artists who share their own workout jams. Then you can pretend you’re Usher as you groove along to your workout.
Get some cool duds. Maybe it’s an inspirational T-shirt, new sneakers, or a sports bra that actually fits (you know who I’m talking to …). I always feel extra sassy with a new pair of workout pants and an oh-so-hip tee. Spiff yourself up a bit and you’ll feel inspired during your exercise routine.
Intervals! Okay, you’re rolling your eyes; you don’t believe me, but intervals are a blast! Get your inner warrior on and chug as hard as you can for 60 to 120 seconds. Push yourself and feel how amazingly strong you are! Feel smug knowing that you’re torching calories and will be in your skinny jeans in no time.
Go with a friend! What could be better? Hook up with a friend and pound out a grueling workout together. Try to pick someone who’s competitive so you won’t just be “pretending” to do crunches and chatting about your love life. Call your jockiest friend and challenge them to a little friendly competition. You’ll have a blast egging each other on and you can celebrate with a skinny latte and salad afterward.
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Here are some more ideas for mixing up your workout.