5 ways to make your workouts more fun
Your mind is set as are your intentions, yet somehow you feel like your workout is missing a bit of excitement? Here are a few tips to make exercise more fun so that you’ll keep at it!
1. Choose a comfortable location
If silence makes you feel good then do your exercises in a quiet place. Wait until you’re home alone or otherwise get away from the family racket, turn off your phone and the TV and get moving.
If music is your thing, then put some on. Make sure to adapt your musical selection to the type of exercise you’re going to do.
- Are you lifting weights? Choose a catchy rhythm and follow the beat.
- Are you stretching or doing yoga poses? Soft mellow music will be more appropriate.
Make a playlist of songs that motivate you and are more suited to the type of exercise you do.
However, the music shouldn’t be a distraction. Some types of exercise require more concentration to be done properly so that you can get the expected benefits. Be attentive.
2. Go and play outside!
Why train indoors if you love being out in the fresh air? Outdoor physical activities can be done in any season.
- Do you find the hot weather stifling? Opt for a pool workout. Or else exercise early in the morning before the heat sets in, or in the evening when it’s cooler.
- January is way too cold and April too wet? Dress accordingly and you can jog in comfort.
Getting the right equipment and appropriate sportswear means you can play outdoors any time.
3. Try something new
Vary your activities if boredom starts to set in. Jog, swim, speed walk with your dog, go to a Zumba class, lift weights… what’s important is to move.
Many gyms offer the possibility of trying out a group class without having to sign up for an entire session. Take advantage of the free offer and try something new!
Sometimes you just need to think outside the box and try activities that will make your body move in new ways:
- Try kitesurfing
- Climb a mountain
- Organize a canoe-camping expedition with your nature-loving friends
- Go for a family bike ride. The little ones might force you to slow down, but so what? Enjoy the moment… that’s also good for you.
4. Celebrate your victories
If working out is not exactly your thing, find a way to reward yourself for making the effort. You’re now able to run 5 km without a problem? What would you say to a new running outfit? With that bit of encouragement, you’ll be itching to get back out there!
Even if you’re on a tight budget, you can still find ways to celebrate your achievements. If an ice cream cone on a warm summer evening is more your thing, then go for it and enjoy.
Be happy with your progress, however small it might be. Remember to have fun… you’re not training for the Olympics.
5. Put the odds in your corner
Hang out with friends and co-workers who like to exercise just like you. There are those who prefer to go bar hopping several nights a week. You don’t have to be one of them!
Find a training partner and stay the course with them. You’ll be much less likely to skip the gym when you know a partner is counting on you.
You’re a social animal and love interacting with other people? Opt for group classes.
Wear your sportswear as often as possible when you’re at home. You’ll be that much more inclined to get moving and work out.
Think about the fun aspect of exercise and not about performance. Simply focus on the benefits of exercise like:
- Increased energy
- Improved sleep
- Better stress management
- Lower risk of heart disease
- Reduced anxiety
- Prevention of certain types of cancers and depression
- Better weight control
And lastly, don’t look at exercise as punishment―it’s quite the contrary. See it as time you set aside for your health, both physical and mental, to boost your energy level and improve your quality of life. Remember that the important thing is to set your own pace and do what you enjoy.