Let’s be honest, cardio sessions can get pretty boring. Whether you’re running on a treadmill or peddling on a stationary bike, the longer you sit, the more bored you become.
Instead of dreading your cardio days, let’s talk about some things you can do to spice up your next cardio sesh.
Create an Awesome Playlist
Create a playlist that you only listen to when you’re doing cardio. Think upbeat fun songs that make you want to move. To make it even more fun, try running or pedaling to the beat of your music. Include songs that have different rhythms so that you can change up your pace as you go. Whatever you choose, make sure it makes you want to get up and move, if it doesn’t, it’s gotta go!
Focus on Distance
Focusing on how much longer we have in our cardio session makes it seem like it’s going on forever. Instead of doing that, focus on how far you’ve gone so far. Doing this will prevent it from seeming like your workout is dragging on and on.
Bring a Friend
Continuing through with your workout instead of giving up early is a lot easier to do when you have a gym buddy with you. Why is that? Well partially because we’re competitive and don’t want to give up before someone else does, and also because having a friend with you can make the experience more fun. You’ll have something to chat about instead of staring blankly at your machine’s control screen. For more tips on working out with a gym buddy, check out this article.
Add some Variety
Set your machine to a setting that changes up your workout. If you’re running on a treadmill, have the workout set to change pace and incline to simulate running on varied terrain. If you’re on a stationary bike, set it to change resistance levels every so often for the same reason. This will keep you on your toes and provide some change so that your body doesn’t get bored doing the same exact thing for your entire cardio session.
It’s a lot easier to complete a task when you know that there will be a reward waiting for you at the end, and what’s even better is when you get to pick your own reward. So while you’re running or biking, think about what’s at the end for you. Is it a giant Chipotle burrito bowl? A delicious protein smoothie? Only you know what will motivate you the most, so use that to your advantage.
Next time you’re planning your workout, incorporate some of these tips to help you power through your workout without getting too bored halfway through, and check out this article for four more ways to fall in love with the gym.
By: Kayla Harwick