Working out at the gym doesn’t have to be a chore, and it’s entirely possible to find creative and unique ways to enjoy the experience. Whether it’s something simple like trying a new workout or attending a different class, or even working out at a different time of day – there’s plenty of things you can try to enjoy the gym more. Here we’ll look at a few simple things you can try.
Train with a friend (or don’t…)
One well-established method is to get a partner, a friend who’ll accompany you, someone with equal goals. This is beneficial as it helps you and your partner to motivate each other and help each other to pick up the pace when you need a boost. Gyms are fantastic places to meet other people with common interests and goals as well, so it’s always helpful to be social in these types of environments as everyone is there for the same reason.
That being said, some like to have a little alone time and exercising can be the perfect opportunity. If you’re a solo trainer, try bringing some music with you. A lot of sporting apparel produced nowadays takes into account the fact that individuals love to have their iPod with them whilst at the gym, and you’re able to tuck it neatly into your sleeve or pocket. It helps with motivation, certainly, and can you to push yourself a little bit more; just ensure the playlist is set up before you leave the house.
Mix it up
It’s important to remember that each individual is different, and you have to experiment to find what works best for you. You don’t want to be restricted to just running on the treadmill or pedalling away for hours on an exercise bike, so try mixing your routine up every once in a while. This can include attending classes, such as dance classes or martial arts, or even just trying a new routine every now and then.
By experimenting with different routines and workouts, you can also begin to challenge your body in new ways. This can make attending the gym a fresh experience, because it encourages you to step out of your comfort zone and make an active effort to keep yourself fit.
Turn your workout into a game by giving yourself a target and aiming to beat it, whether it’s something like miles run or push-ups accomplished. Doing this will also encourage you to keep records of your workouts, document the weight you’re losing, the muscle you’re gaining as well as allowing you to chart the time spent in the gym doing certain exercises.
Dress for the occasion
This might sound strange, but another way to enjoy the gym is to wear the right clothing for the workout you’re doing. Whilst some may like to go overboard on their outfits (you know who you are!), choosing something you’re comfortable in and that allows you to move freely can make enjoying your workout a little easier.
A new outfit you know you look good in can also help you feel less self-conscious about your body; after all, that’s one of the reasons many go to the gym and wearing the right outfit can allow you to feel more comfortable within yourself.
Manage your time
One of the main issues that can dissuade people from working out, exercising and making that vital visit to the gym is the time they’ll have to commit to it. In a work-obsessed society where people work from nine to five every day, not including the commute, the daily struggle can really take it out of you and it’s highly likely you’ll have no energy left by the end of the day.
If you find you’re struggling to work out in the evening, why not try getting up a little earlier and going to the gym before work? A morning workout can mean you have more energy throughout the session, and it also gives you more free time at the end of the day.
Finding the right balance between working and working out is crucial, and one way around that is to start enjoying smaller, more intense workouts. Knowing full-well that you’ll only be committing to a smaller time period can make it easier to train with higher intensity and focus, which can be incredibly beneficial in the long run. Exercising for too long is not good for the body either, so smaller workouts can allow you to recover properly and helps you better prepare for the next session.
Finally, it’s imperative that you reward yourself every once in a while. With a dedicated schedule, there’s no harm in taking a little time off, and it can give you further motivation and dedication to rededicate yourself once the break is over.