All relationships need a little spicing up every now and then. Even our relationship with our workout routine. If it’s a daily struggle to drag yourself to the gym, or make that dance class, or saddle up on your bike, it might be time to shake things up. Here are our top six workout hacks, all great ways to maximize your results and banish the workout blues.
1. FIND A FRIEND
Grab a partner, friend, or colleague to push you to your limits. Hire a trainer. Join a meet-up group. Do yoga at the local cat cafe (yep, it’s a thing!)
2. CHANGE LOCATION
If you normally stationary cycle inside, grab a bike and go outside. If you typically run by the ocean, try a new route through a hilly neighborhood.
3. MIX-UP YOUR ACTIVITY
Try Pilates. Boxing. Yoga. Capoeira. Fencing. Archery. Running. Climbing stairs. Abseiling. With an app like XrossWorld, you can access as many different activities as you can possibly imagine.
4. MAKE IT COMPETITIVE
If your workout isn’t already a competitive sport, it may be time to light that killer instinct. Sign up for a marathon. Make a bet with a friend. Find an app or accessory to track your progress, like FitBit, and set up a rewards system for when you reach certain milestones.
5. MAKE IT SEXY
Wear something that makes you feel like a badass. Find new tunes to get your heart pumping. Imagine you’re a spy running from the enemy or a superstar actor preparing for a role in the latest superhero blockbuster. Pretend you’re fighting the zombie invasion with an app like Zombies, Run!
6. TAKE A BREAK
This may sound counter-intuitive, but sometimes, you just need a break. Go get a massage. Go read by the pool. Take a real vacation. Sometimes, you may think you’re bored with your workout, when you’re actually dissatisfied with your life. If you suspect that’s the case, go chat to a trusted friend or mentor, and check out our article about millennials, the anxiety driven generation.
Workout boredom doesn’t need to stop you in your tracks. Thanks to these six great workout hacks, you can keep focused on your health, fitness, and wellbeing without the frustration or restlessness of boredom ruining your workout.