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How to Like the Gym

3 Ways to Love the Gym Again

That five-times-a-week gym routine can get old fast. If you find that you're dreading the gym more than looking forward to it, here are three ways to get out of your gym funk.

  • DIY it: If you're a gym class fan but are feeling like you've gotten all you can get out of your go-to class, try working out on your own. You'll have to concentrate more on your workout, from counting reps to navigating the gym floor, all of which can keep you from feeling bored. Print out this full-body circuit workout for your next gym trip, or find an open corner where you can fire up your workout playlist and focus on a total-body mat workout.
  • Skip it: If the gym is just not doing it for you anymore, it may be time to give your membership card a rest. Focus on things you can do to tone and burn calories that don't require making the gym trip, like exercising outside or stocking up your home gym so you can work out at home. These free alternatives to the gym — like the local high school track or free yoga in the park — will inspire you to get up and get outside. Alternating non-gym workouts with your normal routine can help you inject enthusiasm back into your routine.
  • Change it up: Even with all the options at the gym, many people like to stick to a routine. If you're one of them, now's the time to take a look at everything your gym offers. Check out the class schedule online, ask for a tour, or seek out a trainer to explain a piece of equipment. You may find that you actually love to tone your arms with the battle ropes more than dumbbells, or that your gym's newest circuit class is your new favorite.
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