Bored at the Gym? Tips for Staying on Track

By CNN News Wire

Published 02/28 2014 12:00PM

Updated 02/28 2014 12:02PM

Bored with the gym?  Not motivated to break a sweat...skipping workouts...even quitting altogether? 
If this sounds like you-- there's help.   Here's one man's strategy and offers ideas on other ways to beat gym boredom.

Five days a week, you can find Andy Little at the gym.  But several years ago, that wasn't the case.  And simply joining wasn't enough.
"I just needed something to keep me going, to keep me motivated to continue to work out," explains Little.

So Andy turned to his electronic gadgets.  The apps on his phone give him set weight workouts. They also help him track what he is doing.  In return, he earns points and completes quests.
"Its almost like I'm in competition with myself."

But if you don't have a smart phone- or if this is not your thing- you can still make exercise enjoyable and engaging, instead of dull and dreadful.
First- though it may sound obvious- consider mixing things up by taking a class. 

"When people take group exercise classes, its not like a chore, it's more like a social event. You work out together, and very soon 60 minutes is up and you don't realize you're working out," says Lorna Loh, wellness director of a YMCA branch.

In small group personal training, the participants usually share common goals- plus camaraderie.
But if you prefer an hour to yourself on a single cardio machine, mix up the intensity.

"You might wanna spike it up, bring it down, take it up again, more of an interval training,".

But no matter how you do it, find something that works for you because ...

"When people do get bored, it becomes a chore to them- so they don't want to work out, they don't want to come to the gym, it becomes like work rather than enjoyment," says Loh.

(Holly Firfer for CNN's Health Minute)

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