Most of us develop a routine with our workouts, performing the same exercise sat the same time on the same days. Then one day, as we’re plugging away on the treadmill or doing bicep curls, we realize that it’s … boring. When we’re bored with an exercise, or maybe an entire workout plan, it’s not hard to come up with an excuse to justify avoiding it. Regular exercise is a big part of a healthy lifestyle, so how can you switch things up so you don’t fall into a boredom rut? Here are some ideas.

Try Something New

Changing your routine is the quickest remedy for workout boredom, and one of the easiest to put into action. If you’re used to the treadmill, try the elliptical or stair climber. If you use weight machines, switch to free weights. Test a different path on your outdoor run or walk. Take that yoga class you’ve been considering. There are so many different workouts that you can do. Don’t limit yourself.

Look Into a Personal Trainer

Many gyms offer personal training services. If you’ve just joined your gym, it’s possible that you can get at least one free session as part of your membership. Even one session with a pro can introduce you to new exercises or new ways to perform them. If it’s within your budget, signing up for a one-on-one package with an independent trainer can be a great way to kick-start your workouts, not to mention to add some accountability.

Train for an Event

Your office has just announced that it’s forming a team for an upcoming 5K race for charity. It sounds really cool, but you don’t know if you’re up for it. Fortunately, some apps are available that can help you train to run a 5K. Some are straightforward, while others turn training into a fun game. The popular Zombies, Run! app is just that. Instead of that tedious run around the track, you get chased by the bloodthirsty undead. That’s a definite boredom buster!

Make Friends at the Gym

We’ve all admired that buff guy who obviously knows what to do at the weight rack or the fit girl who makes that yoga pose look so effortless. Don’t be afraid to approach them and ask about their routines. They will most likely take it as a huge compliment and be happy to give you pointers. If nothing else, you’ll get some new workout ideas and someone to say hello to when you come to the gym.

You don’t have to totally overhaul your workouts to avoid ruts. Just a few tweaks here and there can keep boredom from getting in the way of your health and fitness goals.