How to Make Gym Time Fly By


When I leave the gym, I’m always, always glad I went. But sometimes, getting there in the first place—and getting through those first few minutes when your whole workout is still stretched out in front of you—can seem a little daunting.

One trick that I’ll use on occasion is splitting my gym time up into smaller chunks that seem more manageable. For example, sometimes I’ll do 15 minutes on a rowing machine and 30 on a stationary bike. Or another strategy I like to use is doing part of my strength-training routine before hopping on the elliptical, then finishing up with the remaining moves afterward. And you know what? It works!

I know you’re not supposed to have a constant countdown going on in your head while working out (but…let’s be real…I usually do). And somehow it’s not nearly as intimidating to have to tackle a shorter block of time (or reps), even though I know I’ll have another short block afterward. Going for runs is a little different, but you can use a similar approach by focusing on just getting through the next mile—instead of psyching yourself out about the three miles that you still have left to run.

I’m curious—do you have any techniques you use to help make sweat sessions feel like they go by faster? If so, I’d love to hear about them!


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