How to Love the Gym
Tip One: Treat Yourself to Cute Workout Wear
In fact, make multiple gym playlists. I get tired of my workout mixes often enough that I make new ones every fourth or fifth workout, often focusing them around different themes or genres. Personal faves of mine include my "Early 2000s Throwback", "Country Cardio", and "Sassy Breakup Songs" mixes, but that's just me; you need to find what works best for you. Go through your iTunes and put together 10-30 songs that are upbeat and make you want to dance. If you're bored of your music library, search for mash-ups and remixes that feature your favorite artists; good DJs (that release free downloads!) include DJ PJW, Daniel Kim, and Earlvin. Also here's just a tip: songs you may find annoying under normal circumstances sometimes make for the best gym jams. I'm talking about all those Broadway soundtracks you have but never listen to.
Tip Three: Multitask
If you're not much of a music fan, try other ways to pass the time. My roommate, for example, loves listening to motivational TED Talks while she works out, but there's an endless list of things you can do. Amazon and Netflix both have movie and TV streaming you can view on your smartphone or tablet, so if you're currently marathoning The Carrie Diaries or Downtown Abbey, pair the two together. Or if you have reading together, either for class or because reading is fun, bring your book or magazine with you and perch it up on your machine. The point I'm trying to get across here is multitask with something you'd actually do in your spare time, because if you marry that activity to the gym then you have no choice. What works even better is doing a time-sensitive activity; for example when I'm at home I go to the gym when F.R.I.E.N.D.S is on, because my gym has TVs built into the ellipticals so I tell myself "if you want to watch you have to do it at the gym". Plus, once you get into your workout, you have to admit it's pretty fun; by multitasking you just end up pairing two hobbies.
Tip Four: Go with Friends
Tip Five: Treat Yo'Self!
And that's it! I hope you all found this helpful at least the tiniest bit. If you're a gym rat like me, leave comments below suggesting similar posts you'd like to see!