Have you ever thought about going to the gym and moaned. You need to make some changes in your life and one of those is attitude. To be fair, maybe your attitude is negative because you’re not varying your workout or are simply doing exercises you hate. There are a lot of ways to change your thinking about exercise and start looking forward to every visit to the gym.
Vary your workout and start loving exercise again.
Do you do the same thing every workout? Are you working out in a box gym where you go from one machine to another? You need to add variety to the workout. If you’re working with a personal trainer or at a boot camp, you know what I mean. Trainers not only change the workouts frequently to avoid boredom, they also do it to avoid plateauing that can occur when your body becomes to efficient at doing specific moves and burns fewer calories.
Exercise doesn’t always have to take place in the gym.
Exercise is nothing more than a more formal way of getting your body moving and pushing it. You don’t have to do that in a gym. Go swimming, ride bikes, take a hike or do some rock climbing. Dancing through the night to fast music will burn just as many calories, if not more, than a workout in the gym. In fact, you’ll probably get more exercise doing it and have a lot more fun. Take your workout outside and enjoy Mother Nature while you get fitter.
Get your workout while you’re doing daily chores.
Turn on that music and boogie your way through housework. This is seriously not a challenge for those who aren’t fit, especially if you go at top speed. Paint the living room or wash the walls or windows. Trust me, even people in good shape will know they’ve exercised, especially if they move faster than a crawl to get it done. You’ll actually find it can be fun and save time in the process. Use the work/exercise route to replace a day at the gym and when you’re finished, if the work was tough, you’ll actually look forward to your gym visit.
- Break your workout into smaller units that you can do at times you otherwise would just be waiting. I have a client that works at a computer all day and she has a list of exercises she does when the computer is running slowly, downloading and etc. She says it gets her into shape and stops the stress she’d otherwise feel.
- Change your mind. Don’t focus on the time, the pain or the hassle, but on the prize. With every movement, think about how great you’ll look and feel soon.
- When you feel your muscles tiring, know that feeling isn’t pain, but a sign that you’re building them stronger.
- Track your progress. Congratulate yourself on doing more reps, lifting heavier weights or finishing your set faster. Don’t let your weight or measurements be your only reward.