10 Ways to Defeat Boredom at the Gym

By Steven Cuthbert & Claire Warren

We’ve all been there…

“Work’s busy / I’m feeling tired / the housework’s piling up / I’ll start next week / it’s been a tough day”...

There are millions of excuses for not keeping up with your exercise routine.

The truth is, if you’re making excuses not to do something, it’s not necessarily because you’re lazy or uncommitted, it’s usually because the thing you’re trying to get out of just isn’t keeping your interest.

Think back to when you were at school; in the subjects you hated you’d skive off, turn up late or just not pay attention. In the subjects you loved, you were the model student.

The same applies to your fitness. If you enjoy your training, you’ll be a model gym member!

It’s not surprising that so many people lose interest in the regular gym routine though; sticking your headphones on then running endlessly on a treadmill while watching “Neighbours” with subtitles and never speaking to anyone… yawn!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying training in a big globo gym is bad for everyone. If you prefer being in your own little world and you find this sort of routine does keep your interest and gets you results, by all means carry on doing what works for you!

However, if you are one of the many people who find it difficult to maintain motivation, it might be worth trying some new tactics.

Here are my Top 10 tips to keep your training interesting…

1. Train With A Partner

Training by yourself can be boring, you often won’t push yourself as hard and you may slack off with certain exercises. Plus, when you go to the gym alone, it’s only yourself you have to answer to if you decide to give it a miss.

Having someone there to encourage, support and even compete with, can really uplift your training as well as adding accountability for turning up in the first place!