Beating gym boredom

NEW YORK (CNN) – Bored with the gym?  Not motivated to break a sweat? Skipping workouts, even quitting altogether?  If this sounds like you, there’s help.

Five days a week, you can find Andy Little at the gym.  Several years ago, that wasn’t the case.  And simply joining wasn’t enough.

“I just needed somethi to keep me going, to keep me motivated to continue to work out,” said Little.

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.

“It’s almost like I’m in competition with myself,” said Little.

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, it’s 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,” said Lorna Loh, YMCA Wellness Director.

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

“You might want to spike it up, bring it down, take it up again, more of an interval training,” said Loh.

No matter how you do it, find something that works for you.

“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,” said Loh.

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