For many people, working out can be a real struggle. The thoughts of aching muscles and getting sweaty cause some to avoid going altogether. Fortunately, there are ways to help soothe those awful gym downers. Here, we give you five tips that will help make your gym sessions much more enjoyable.

Hear That Sound

In order to truly enjoy working out, set aside one thing to do during your sessions. Throwing on a podcast or listening to that new album can ease your way in the gym. Spotify has several music playlists exclusively for gym time. Without a distraction, you might feel like you’re being tortured on the treadmill.

Download Before You Go

Wherever you go, everyone’s using apps for every single thing. As expected, there are a plethora of apps to use while you’re in the gym. Map My Fitness gives people a detailed look at the results of their gym activities. Daily Burn lets you workout to live sessions on your phone.

Treat Yourself

Make goals for yourself whenever you step foot in a gym. If you run on the treadmill for 200 minutes this week, treat yourself to a new pair of sneakers. Don’t use fast food or sweets as rewards, though. That will basically negate all of the hard work you’ve done.

Wondrous Workout Wardrobe

There’s a difference between buying recommended clothes and buying clothes you want. There’s a greater chance that you’ll hate your time in the gym when you’re wearing clothes you don’t love. Having great attire for working out can lead to a more positive feeling in the gym.

All I Do Is Win

There’s nothing like a friendly competition. So what happens if the competition is yourself? If you’re looking to shake things up in the gym, try to beat your previous record. If you managed to do 50 pushups yesterday, do 55 today. Not does this provide challenge and reward, but it also gives you a better workout.