It’s no secret that music can motivate you and get you moving, but how long has it been since you’ve updated your playlist? Clean out your playlist and make one containing only your most fantastic, motivating songs. This tried-and-true practice will increase motivation and workout intensity. Research shows that when people play their favorite tunes during a workout, their feelings of exertion are reduced (even though are often working out more intensely) and their sense of being “in the zone” increases, compared to people who listen to no music at all during their workouts. This means that putting on a playlist of favorite songs could reduce the perceived effort during training, allowing you to run faster, walk longer, or lift heavier without even noticing the extra effort!
Be a Team Player
If you’re used to working out solo, but your exercise sessions are becoming a little stale, consider partnering up with a like-minded friend. People are social creatures and any activity that involves camaraderie increases a person’s motivation to stick with it. If you’re the kind of person who likes a little competition, try working out with someone who you perceive to be a little better than you. A recent study examined performance intensity and workout motivation and found that, compared to when they exercise alone, people tend to give more effort than they normally would when working out with someone who is slightly better than them. But don’t worry if you can’t find a workout buddy who is always a step ahead. Regardless of fitness level, exercising with others promotes social cohesion and accountability, giving you one more reason not to miss your next workout.
Use An Expert
Our personal trainers are here to help you improve. We want to help you out, whether that means showing you how to use a piece of equipment you haven’t tried or answering a question for you. If you haven’t sat down with one of our professional personal trainers and taken of advantage of a free fitness consultation, you’re missing out. Take the time to sit down with a trainer, go over your goals, and ask questions. The benefits are too numerous to count and it may even help you move your fitness goals to the next level. Schedule yours at the front desk or click here to get stared!