Does this sound familiar? You just got to the gym, cranked up the music on your iPhone, and headed to the nearest treadmill, but before you’ve even reached the half-mile mark, you’re completely bored. As you know, I love circuit workouts, but sometimes, they get a little dull and I find myself not putting in the effort I need to.
Sure, workout routines help us stay committed, but doing the same thing week after week can leave you burned out. It may even cause you to quit exercising altogether. If you’re bored with your usual workout routine, it’s time to start shaking things up!
I’ve put together a short list to help you fight through boredom at the gym:
Rotate. Instead of doing three to four sets on one machine and moving on, do a rotation. Select the machines you’re going to use and do one set on each one – then repeat two to three times.
Vary your weights. If you usually lift heavier weights with fewer reps, try increasing your reps and decreasing your weight. Or the opposite, if you always lift lighter weights, try using two times that weight, but only do half the reps.
Try something new. If you’re a faithful runner, step away from the treadmill. Give the elliptical or stationary bike a chance. Or, just stepping outside for a run may change your scenery enough to jump-start your focus.