How to find the fun in exercise and take the work out of workout so that we keep coming back for more so we can achieve our fitness goals.
I thought that I would follow up my 13 Ways To Get Leverage For Fitness Success by looking a little more about how to find the fun in exercise and take the work out of workout, after all how can we expect to fulfill our fitness goals if we are loathing the whole experience. Here are my tips; they are by no means definitive, however I think that for anyone who has a fitness sticking point they may be of great help.
1. FIND A SPORT YOU CAN LOVE DOING
The gym can be a monotonous experience for some but your workout doesn’t have to be an endless stare at the digital timer on the treadmill. In order to start and continue with any workout or sport you need to love what you are doing, it’s as simple as that. To love it means that it provides you with both the satisfaction of achievement – bettering yourself, realizing goals and winning, combined with exciting challenges – competing or trying a new sport for example.
Enjoyment = the use of something beneficial or pleasurable.
2. MAKE IT SOCIABLE
For a lot of people (me included) the idea of exercising in isolation with a home workout doesn’t exactly get the blood pumping and sure enough it doesn’t usually last long. That’s not to say that they don’t work, but for me those people that I know that are successful in their fitness goals are mostly doing so by socializing their regimes regularly with family, friends and co-workers whether it is as gym buddies or as part of a team. The whole experience becomes as much about exchanging laughs and sharing fitness or team goals as it does about keeping yourself fit and healthy.
Make a point to socialize your fitness goals with others as much possible by teaming up with like-minded people and invite some of your friends to join you for your workout schedule. You can also combine this with family days out such as combining picnics with long walks and hikes.
3. FIND A SPORT YOU CAN LOVE DOING
If you have you always wanted to learn how to surf, try rock-climbing, kayaking or skiing then get yourself signed up for your first lesson. We all love to learn something new and combining it with a physical activity can be the winning combination and fire up your motivation.
Trying a list of new sports is a great experience in itself and if one of sticks it can also open up new opportunities and people to you.
4. COMBINE YOUR FITNESS GOALS
Combining goals can act as an added incentive to exercise and give you genuine buzz out of the whole experience. Maybe your scared of heights and you want to overcome that fear, combine it with rock-climbing and abseiling and you have doubled your money. Maybe you want to raise a set amount of money for a charity, get yourself signed up to participate a charity marathon, cycle or swim and get sponsored to do it.
5. MIX IT UP
Mix up your workouts and the types of activities in your schedule so that your time is spent participating in a varied range of pursuits. Spending these hours on different things will prevent monotony, prolong motivation and improve your chances of achieving all your fitness goals.
6. RECORD YOUR RESULTS
Recording your measurements, fitness levels and progress will obviously help to create and stay on track with any fitness action plan but it will also highlight your achievements great or small and drive you to achieve more.
Competing against yourself or others to achieve a particular goal provides the challenge and thrill that keeps us coming back for more. For some beating the clock or personal bests is all that is required but for others they alone are unable to provide enough fulfillment. Participating in team sports or group activities combines’ competition with the socializing of your fitness and therefore a great way for us to find the motivation and desire to exercise and achieve our goals.