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Beat boredom in the gym

January 26, 2020 2 translation missing: en.blogs.article.read_time

One minute you’re starting a new year, motivation is high and targets are set, the next you’re demotivated, disinterested and skipping planned workout sessions. If you’re struggling with motivation don’t worry, everyone goes through these patches. 

Follow these tips to put the fun into fitness and reinvigorate your workout.

Make it competitive

If you regularly train with friends why not make things competitive. Bet on who will hit their target weight first, add an extra plate to their bench press or run the fastest or the longest distance. Regardless of who wins, this will incentivise everyone to train that bit harder. This we’ll ensure that you stay focused on your workout and boredom doesn’t kick in. 

If you don’t have a training partner to compete with, there is nothing to stop you from setting regular goals. Keep challenging yourself to burn more calories lift higher weights, undertake higher reps or to beat your previous personal best to keep you focused and to ensure boredom doesn’t kick in.

Find a workout partner

Training with a gym partner or group will keep you motivated, and the time will fly. You can push each other harder, exchange workout ideas and celebrate your success. Your partner can serve as a spotter, watch your form and keep you accountable. If you’ve made an agreement to meet at the gym, you’re unlikely to bail on your fiend. When you have a workout partner, training becomes more challenging, more frequent, more fun and you have som

Mix up your workout

If you’re performing the same exercises in the same sequence week after week, don’t be surprised if you occasionally feel bored and fall into a rut. The key to beating gym boredom is to switch up your routine. If you're happy with your routine try changing the order. If you normally do weights at the start of your workout, try cardio.

Get out your comfort zone

If you’ve been going to the gym for years, it could be time to try something different. Join a running club, take up badminton or try sparring at a boxing gym. The idea is to take up something completely new and break out of your fixed routine. Don’t worry – this doesn’t mean you have to call time on your gym. In trying something new, you’ll rediscover your love for fitness and return to your regular training feeling motivated and re-energised.

Stimulate your mind

Gym boredom is generally a psychological, rather than a physical, problem. Stimulate your mind and your body will follow suit. If you’re accustomed to performing steady state cardio or lifting weights while listening to music or a podcast, it could be time for a change. How many times have you listened to that same playlist while performing the same exercises? Regularly update your playlist with different content. Try listening to podcasts and learn something new while you train. Keep things fresh in the gym by stimulating body and mind. In doing so, you’ll avoid plateaus and keep boredom at bay.

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