Let’s face it, most people just don’t get as much exercise as they should. While some enjoy pushing themselves to the limit, the majority of the population would rather watch TV than run a marathon.
One of the biggest excuses people have for avoiding the gym is that exercising is too boring. This dread of working out actually makes the process feel lengthier and even more tedious. In the long run, that isn’t going to help anybody and will likely cause you to quit altogether.
MAKE IT A GAME
Running just to run is a lot less fun than running with a goal at the end – like catching a ball. Pick a game you enjoy and use it in your routine. It doesn’t have to be complex. You can just grab a buddy, then run out in the distance while he or she throws you a long fly ball. Then jog on back and repeat the play continually until you’ve run a preset distance. If you’re more of an indoorsy type, just hook up a Wii U with a sports game and a motion sensor controller and burn some calories in your living room.
WATCH YOUR FAVORITE TV SHOWS
Make a deal with yourself: Agree not to watch your favorite shows of the week unless you’re working out. You can do this on a treadmill at home or watch on a monitor at the gym while on the StairMaster. Warning: You must use this tactic only with the shows you love. We can’t guarantee it will work while learning about the ShamWow.
FIND AN ENEMY
OK, maybe not an actual “enemy,” but get competitive with someone who frequents your gym. Stage a little trash talking and dare each other to run faster, lift harder or burn more calories than the other. You can have fun with this but make sure the one thing you’re serious about is winning.
TRY SOMETHING NEW
Make it a point of adding something new to your routine each and every week. Use a jump rope for one workout and do some burpees the next. Focusing on a variety of challenges will definitely deter the clock-watching.
CHANGE UP THE TUNES
Listening to music has always been one of the best ways to pass the time while working out – and the more energetic the song, the better. The only problem is that if you’re hearing the same tunes each time, you will likely get sick of them no matter how much they rock. Force yourself to make a playlist with new workout songs on a regular basis. This might be your best tool for making the time fly by. Just don’t add “Stairway to Heaven.”