Going to the gym can sometimes really tests your will-power. If you dread those mindless minutes on the treadmill or even bicep curls or squats, this is what needs to immediately change in your workouts:
1. Up the intensity: Increase the speed at which you are running, cycling; or the weight that you are lifting. On your every visit to the gym you have to challenge your body. Lift the weight you have never lifted before, do more reps than you thought possible or finish a set distance at a time you never thought you could achieve. By increasing your intensity you are increasing the calories you consume and depending on your strength or stamina you will finish your workout in shorter time than you ever thought possible.
2. Zoom in: Do not socialise, take calls or get lost in a television show. Your time in the gym is when your mind and body should connect. It is not the time to tune out the effort that you are putting in but to zoom in with your concentration. Focus on your breathing as you run the miles or squeeze your muscles through your lifts.
While doing cardio you don’t have to be on the machine for more than 20 minutes. In these 20 minutes you should try to do an HIIT routine, or increase your speed to cover more distance. Keep goals and keep your workouts short. Get in the gym, focus on pushing your limits and get out!
3. Find your beat: Music helps focus concentration. For some it is the legendary ‘Eye of the Tiger’ while for others it is just any song in the background which drowns out all that is happening around you. It helps you keep your head down and focus on the next set or next sprint.
4. Keep track of progress: At the end of the year you can look back at the entries and see how far you have come in terms of your lifts or your run time. Your logs will become a great source of inspiration. You might also look at it and think that you need to start pushing yourself a little bit more. Whatever emotions your log might evoke, it is an indispensable part of your workouts if you want to be regular and keep focus. After or even before your workout, note down the weights you will lift (/have lifted) and how many reps of each exercise you will do (/or have done). Create a template and change it every few months depending on your goals.
If you have made the time and effort to go to the gym, make sure you use it to the fullest. Now get going and have an awesome workout!