Ways To Make Working Out Less Boring

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Finding a reliable and motivating person to train with who will A) show up on time, B) make sure you show up on time, and C) prevent a barbell from crushing your larynx if you lift more weight than you can handle is a good thing to do even if you’ve hired a personal trainer. If it’s a friend, let them know you won’t use the rest periods between sets to vent about every horrible thing going on in your life — there’s nothing wrong with some chit-chat to pass the time, but don’t let it trip you up.

No matter what machine you choose, it’s pretty much guaranteed to be the most mundane thing you do all day. The good news is that you can cut your cardio time in half by using the High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) method. With HIIT, you’ll alternate high intensity with low to moderate intensity on a 2:1 ratio (so if you sprint for two minutes, you then walk for one minute). Research has shown HIIT can burn up to 50 percent more calories than steady cardio activities by speeding up your metabolism in the following 24-hour period after you’ve finished. Also, you can apply the HIIT principle with almost any activity. No, not sex.