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Let’s face it, we all get into a slump. No matter how good our intentions are to get to the gym at least three times a week, boredom will eventually set in and you’ll find an excuse why you don’t need to show up.

Just like your wardrobe, your workout routine needs a quick pick me upper, especially if you’re doing the same cardio routine or running on the same old piece of treadmill-rubber day after day. Read on for exercise boredom busters that’ll turn your workout around.

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Sick of Going Solo

Become a groupie to automatically get a workout buddy or two. Having a companion jogging, cycling or lifting weight together will keep you from feeling lonely. You and your partner can even compete against each other to boost the moral. However, while exercising together, do not just talk constantly until you lose the focus in doing the exercise.

Tired of the Treadmill

The number-one mistake runners make is going one speed, at one incline, every workout. Play with the control panel. After a 5-minute warm-up, jog for 2 minutes (at 5.5 mph, for example), then walk for 2 minutes (at 3.5 mph) or sprint (at 7.0 mph) — surprise yourself! Repeat for 20 to 30 minutes. Or work the treadmill into a circuit. Place a pair of 5- to 8-pound dumbbells beside the machine, and jump off every 3 minutes to do 1 minute of arm toners.

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Done Spinning My Wheels

Whether you take a studio cycling class or pedal on a stationary bike, bring your mind (and the motivation) back into your workout. Set a positive intention before each biking session that answers the question, “How do I want to feel?” Create a 30-minute playlist of your favorite high-energy hits, then change the way you ride with every song — crank up the resistance, stand up and cycle, pedal faster, etc. The new tunes and techniques will help keep things fresh.


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