Has it got to the point where you truly dread going to the gym? Do you find yourself watching the clock while you are there, wishing you were somewhere else instead? It is easy to fall into a routine when working out. After a while it may even feel as if you do not get the same endorphin rush from working out anymore.
With the following tips, you can change up your fitness regimen so you can enjoy your workouts while maximizing your fat burning and muscle building potential.
1. Workout With A Friend Or Lover
A workout partner is just the ticket to inspire you to work hard. If you have a friend or lover waiting for you at the gym, you are much more likely to show up.
Your workout buddy can also help to motivate you so that you push harder and achieve your fitness goals more easily.
2. Do Not Do The Same Routine Every Time You Hit The Gym
Variety is important to fitness regimens for a few reasons. First of all, muscle confusion can help you to build muscle more quickly and in more areas. You achieve muscle confusion by constantly changing your workouts and areas of the body you target.
Secondly, variety makes your workouts less monotonous and more enjoyable. If it is a nice day, consider working out outdoors instead of hitting the gym. Or if you normally jog in a certain area, try a new place for a change.
3. Set Long Term And Short Term Workout Goals
You probably have an idea of your long term goal. Perhaps it is to be a certain weight, or to have a certain waist size. It is also important to set short term goals for your workouts.
Here are a few strategies for establishing short term workout goals:
i. Set Challenging Goals That Are Realistic
Make sure that your goals are obtainable, but that you will have to work a bit to accomplish them. Unobtainable goals only serve to frustrate you. The idea is to pick something that you will have to work at, but that is achievable with effort.
ii. Do Not Stay In Your Comfort Zone
Short term goals should push you past the point where you typically throw in the towel. By going outside your comfort zone, you will become stronger and will also build your endurance.
4. Reward Your Successes
Diet and exercise take a lot of energy. Reward yourself for all of your hard work with some enjoyable and relaxing activities, like seeing a massage therapist, or simply enjoying a fine bottle of wine with your loved ones.
If you hit your long-term goal, you can give yourself a better reward, like a vacation where you can show off your sexy trim figure.
5. Inspiring Music Helps You To Workout Harder And Longer
One last tip is to bring along an MP3 player or iPod so you can listen to upbeat and inspiring music while you work out. Research indicates that people who listen to inspiring music during workouts burn a higher rate of calories and workout longer than they anticipated.
Exercise is important for health, and for many it is a way of life. Be sure to add new elements to your workout so that you can enjoy yourself while you get in shape. Here’s to your health!