The term “yo-yo dieting” should also refer to going to the gym. I feel like people are constantly going through extreme, gym-crazed phases and then fading into a slum of halfhearted workouts. The reason that I get into a lazy gym routine is due to pure boredom. Doing the same routine day after day gets really boring, even with good workout music. To escape this gym boredom I have come up with a plan to stay driven.
Here’s the plan:
Don’t always listen to the same workout playlist on your ipod. There are so many good apps out there for music that you might as well take advantage of them. I’m a big fan of Pandora Radio and am always hearing new and exciting songs while I’m at the gym.
Alternate cardio days and weight training days. No wonder we’re getting bored…people seem to either always be on an elliptical or always in the weight room. Switch it up! Both strength and endurance are very important.
Now that we’re alternating between cardio days and strength training days let’s take it one step further. On the cardio days alternate your routine. If the last time you did cardio you were on the treadmill then try the bike this time. You may discover something new that you really enjoy. Same goes for weight training: don’t only work your arms. Alternating you’re routine is crucial to staying engaged.
My one last tip for those of us that consider ourselves “antsy” is to do intervals. If an hour of the elliptical sounds tedious try working out in chunks. Do 15 minutes on the bike, 15 minutes on the treadmill, and 15 minuted on the elliptical. Keeping the duration for each machine shorter will keep you more motivated during each exercise.
Getting bored at the gym happens. Some days will be great and some days not so great. The trick is to find what works for you. If watching a TV show helps you get through a half an hour on the elliptical, then watch a TV show. Figure out if you get a better workout in the morning or in the afternoon. Find out what foods help keep you energized and which just seem to weigh you down. I know this sounds cheesy but you need to discover yourself and what it is that helps you perform at your very best.