Are you committed to working out but dread the time it takes to exercise? Rather than staring at the ticking clock on your elliptical or counting steps on the treadmill, use these two tips to make your workout fly by.
First, challenge long-held notions about what constitutes a good workout. Although old-school beliefs would have you spending an hour on cardio, it’s not necessary to work out longer if you work out more efficiently. Shorten your workout time and maximize your fitness by varying the intensity of your workout. You don’t have to be ready to join a hardcore cross fit class to benefit from the basic concept. Alternate between quick bursts of intense activity with more moderate cycles. By doing so, you can cut that hour-long cardio session down to 20 minutes without sacrificing fitness.
Second, don’t overlook the power of distraction. While listening to music or watching a crime drama may not literally speed up your workout, it will make it seem to go by much faster. Try several activities while working out to see which one is the most effective for you. Most gyms have televisions, which can be a great distraction for many people. Others may prefer to flip through a magazine or read a book on their e-reader.
For people watchers, try spotting these regulars as you workout. From the Strike-A-Pose master to the Feelin’-At-Home regular, looking for these characters is bound to make your workout more enjoyable.
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