Ever heard someone say that running is boring? If you have spent any time around me at the gym it is very possible you heard it from me.

The funny thing is I use to love running 3 or 4 miles at a time. Then at some point in time, for no specific reason, I stopped enjoying running. I hated it. I couldn’t motivate myself to go for a mile jog. Instead of giving up on exercise all together I started lifting weights and learning different styles of how to gain muscle strength or size. To this day, I have a difficult time sticking to one kind of “routine” for lifting. I need variety or else exercise becomes boring to me.

This is a common occurrence. No matter if you hate working out, or if you like it. Variety is necessary. There are far too many people who become a hamster on a treadmill. Don’t get me wrong, that is 10X better than not exercising at all. The likely hood of a person running on the treadmill for 45 minutes every day for the rest of your life is not good. It will, at some point, become boring.

If you have it set in your mind that you must work out for 60 minutes at a time for you to burn any significant number of calories, try cutting your workout in half. Try a different machine, equipment, or style of workout. At some point, you will get sick and tired of the same old same old and not want to come to the gym at all.

I guarantee that trying a HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout will give you the same or more calories burned in half the amount of time. I guarantee there are other exercises that you will enjoy if you just try them.

Don’t know how to do anything besides cardio machines? Take a studio or boot camp class, or try working with a trainer 1 on 1 or in a small group. This is the best way to learn more variety in the gym, because instructors and trainers are right there with you making sure you are performing the movements correctly so you do not injure yourself.

Gyms can be an intimidating place, especially to those who need it the most. One of the best parts about Rejuv is we are not the typical 24-hour fitness gym. Most of our members are looking to improve their overall health, not increase the size of their biceps. This equals to be very non-intimidating gym experience where we encourage you to ask us questions so we can help you.

Please ask me if you have questions regarding how to switch up your workouts, I’m here to help!

 

Chris Hanson

Fitness Director

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