I know for me, number one, is a great playlist. I have Spotify Premium and I have playlists galore for everything. I usually use very fast paced music, catchy and something I can zone out to. For me, that’s often punk, industrial or techno. But a good playlist for whatever your taste, is essential. Sometimes I’m in the mood to make it meditative, so I’ll play something like Enya or relaxing and blank my mind.
Some days, my mind wants to fixate on all the other more relaxing, lazy or other things I can be doing instead. I turn those times into exercises in watching thoughts and strengthening my ability to do things mind over matter and pretend Im a robot running on a program.
What I find to make the time seem faster, is breaking my cardio into intervals. For instance Ill say “im going to go 5 min at a level 10, then 5 minutes at a level 5”, then I do that and it makes me dread every other 5 minutes’ and when we dread things, the time seems to arrive quicker lol. Its a mind trick that works for me. 5min intervals of elevated resistance or speed or both, gollowed by 5min of lesser resistance or speed. Intervals can be made into whatever works for you, theres no wrong way to do them.
Audible books also work if youre into that. Mix that with the intervals and even if you dont enjoy it, time will seem to go faster.
I focus on how the workout is an investment in me and a time I can br selfish and work on myself and my health. I practise visualizations of all kinds and try to program my brain while getting my body healthy.