Must-Read: Combating Workout Laziness
Working out is tough. It’s not so much the actual physical act of working out, running the mile or two, or maybe doing a few pushups or pull-ups at the ol’ gym. Physically, if you train hard enough you can actually accomplish that feat. But there’s a mental thing going on when you workout as well. During every workout you have to push past a certain wall that you have, your body telling you that it is straining and needs to stop. But right there, when you feel as though you have to take a rest, is when you have to keep on pushing or else your workout isn’t going to be effective. Luckily, there are little ways you can trick your body into pushing past that barrier and finishing the workout so that it’s a success.
So today we head over to Men’s Fitness where they have ways to combat workout laziness. Among the ten reasons they give in order to get past their boredom with working out:
1. Keep your playlist fresh.
It’s really that simple. A recent study by the University of Wisconsin La Crosse Exercise and Health Program reported that listening to upbeat music while working out can reduce the perception of effort and increase endurance by 15 percent. You won’t feel like you’re working as much—meaning you’ll go longer and harder. So, whether you like listening to hip-hop, rap, techno, or pop, keeping your playlists updated is one of the major keys to steady workout motivation.
Simple and effective. So head on over to the list to check out the other 9 examples and what to do in order to keep the workouts coming, and then get on out there and start working out even more.
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About Rick Mosely Rick is the editor for TSB magazine.