6 Ways to Make Working Out FUN and ENJOYABLE
If you have any experience in the world of exercise, then you might have gone through periods of time when the workouts just weren’t cutting it. They weren’t fun and they weren’t enjoyable, and you definitely didn’t feel like getting up and going to the gym to do them. If you haven’t experienced it, then good for you! Keep doing what you’re doing and love every minute of it. However, should the day come when you find your workouts to be boring and uninteresting, remember the tips I am about to share with you below!
Fitness should always be fun and enjoyable, even when we’re challenging ourselves during the toughest workouts. That feeling of fun is what puts us in a position to make the most progress and achieve the best results that we can. When something is fun, we want to do more of it. In the gym, that translates to consistency. The more we enjoy our workouts, the more we want to do them. But, when they get old, boring, and uninteresting, we are so much less likely to want to get up and get them done. To help with that, I’ve created a list of 6 tips to help keep your workouts fun and enjoyable. Share with a friend if you think these tips might be just the thing you need to revitalize your workouts!
1. Take baby steps.
We want our workouts to be fun and enjoyable, not grueling and laborious. One of the pillars of health fitness is the principle of progressive overload. This is the idea that in order to progress, we gradually place our bodies under more and more stress, increasing loads once we have grown accustomed to the previous level. The keyword here is GRADUALLY, especially for beginners and newcomers in the gym. If you are just starting out, there is no need to destroy yourself every single day. Take baby steps and gradually increase the challenge. This will help you love and enjoy the process of building yourself up and help avoid burning out or becoming discouraged.
2. Switch up your routine or try something new!
This is extremely important for 2 reasons! First, changes to your regular routine can help create feelings of excitement and fun towards the workout. Adding in new exercises or changing the way you do specific exercises gives you a break from the norm and something new to challenge yourself. Changing routines can also help you break through barriers and plateaus. The body is very good at adapting to workloads so you have to constantly stimulate it with new routines and exercises in order to keep progressing. If you’ve been doing the same routine for 2 or 3 months, then it’s definitely time to switch it up, not only because it’s fun, but also because it’s more effective!
3. Incorporate exercises or routines that you actually like.
This one may seem obvious, but it’s so important to participate in exercise that you actually enjoy. If you enjoy it, then you’ll keep doing it. If you don’t, then it is much harder to stay consistent. If there are specific exercises that you like, make sure that they are in your regular routine. If you like spin classes or martial arts classes, be sure to go to a class once or twice a week. It will give you something fun to look forward to and make your routine that much more enjoyable.
4. Exercise with a friend.
Unless you’re the type of person that prefers working out alone, consider going with a friend! Not only can they push you to do better and hold you accountable, but they can also make exercise more fun! Make your exercises into games or competitions or even incorporate partner exercises into the routine!
5. Get a change of scenery.
Switch up your view a little bit! Consider going for a run outside or working out at local park instead of in the gym. The novelty of the new location will make it more fun and you might even come up with new and creative workout ideas!
6. Actively try to have a positive outlook on exercise.
Last but certainly not least, actively change your perspective on exercise. If you view it as a chore, then it will feel like a chore. If you see it as a reward, a release, or your own personal getaway, then it will be all of those things. Our perspective shapes our reality. Take a positive perspective on health and fitness and it will return that positivity to you!
-Ahmad, Certified Personal Trainer