So often we set hold on a workout regime ready to go full blast only to find ourselves losing steam as the weeks go by. The motivation seems to have lost its way, especially when the results are coming in slow. The problem is that we’re so drowned in “Fast Transformation” fads that we’re culturally programmed to be impatient for changes and before we even see it we already give up! So below are some ways you can “train” yourself to enjoy your workout and stop that fire of motivation from intermittent changes.
1) Change your Music
Music has been proven to be intertwined with physical performance, so always remember to change up your playlist! Earworms can only last for so long in the gym and once that gets boring, you will not feel the same kind of pump anymore.
I dig around random playlists from YouTube and Spotify especially for my oh-so-monotonous cardio and interval trainings.
Here are my most recent playlists that I listen to during my treadmill/elliptical times:
Running Music 2015: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sUXInzxQo0
Best Pump Up Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6deODg5XQI
Best Motivational Workout Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNQFKZXTYx8
(Thethird one is my favorite, I use it to feel like a bad a** when I lift weights )
Otherwise, there are still way more playlists around that you can totally select from! YouTube always has a great selection from the latest songs as well. Always change up the beat to whichever suits your workout pace.
Also, you don’t even have to listen to music. Download a podcast or something, learn a new language while you’re burning your calories away. Who says cardio has to be unproductive?
2) Do it with nature!
Sometimes, all you need is a change of environment. Being cooped up in the air-conditioned gym can dim your spirits, not to mention that you are most likely getting stuck in the office cubicles later on. Go on and ditch that threadmill for some jog in the park! Or gather your friends and get a workout by the reservoir. I hold classes every Saturday morning at Bishan Park, so feel free to join us! If you are interested, drop me an e-mail to get you started.
3) Join a class
If your typical workout routine means going to the treadmill and running 30 minutes all the time, or going to do 100 crunches, chances are you will get bored. Or worst, your progress stops there.
It is always good to change things up so go on and take up a new class that can help you set newer goals, be it improvement in strength or learning a new sport. Or even taking other fitness regimes such as yoga to complement your training.
4) Get a partner-in-crime
Sometimes working out alone can be really boring, especially when you’re doing a cardio interval training. Having a workout buddy to share the pain can make the experience a little bit more bearable. Plus, you kill two birds in one stone when you can catch up with a friend.