As we attack the New Year with a renewed vigour and passion for getting in shape, some of us sadly find ourselves struggling to find the energy and motivation to exercise. We know that exercise and physical fitness are critical components of any healthy living regime, but sadly, some of us just do not enjoy working out. Despite not enjoying what we’re doing, many of us mentally torture ourselves by forcing ourselves into the gym to exercise, despite hating every minute of what we’re doing. Fitness doesn’t have to be this way however. With a few tweaks here and there, you can make fitness fun so that you relish the thought of working out, rather than dread it. Here are some useful tips designed to help make fitness fun.
Be flexible with your training regime – Sometimes it pays to have a training routine to stick to, because it holds you accountable and helps ensure that you’re less-likely to skip training sessions. Sometimes however, trying to stick to a rigid training regime can take a psychological toll on you as you try to fit everything in around your workouts. If your schedule allows you to do so, try being a little flexible with your training and try working out at different times. If for example, you feel like training early in the morning to free up the rest of your day, get your workout in nice and early. Flexibility with a training schedule helps ease the burden on your mind, which in itself is a huge advantage.
Don’t be afraid to try new things – If ordinarily, you find your workouts consistently primarily of you trudging along on a treadmill for 40 minutes at a time, starting at the same four walls several times per week, counting down the minutes until you get to leave, try something new. If your regular workouts are boring and tedious, try switching things up and doing something new instead. You could try joining a fitness class, swimming, playing games, hiking, cycling, boxing, or anything else. The worst that can happen is that you don’t enjoy something, in which case you know not to do it again, so you simply try something new instead.
Get a friend involved – Working out alone can be enjoyable sometimes, but at other times it can be boring and can lead to a lack of motivation. If your workouts are boring, try recruiting a friend and work out with them several times per week instead. Training with a friend means that you socialize, you have somebody to talk to between sets, plus it helps add a friendly, yet competitive element to things as you compete against each other. Not only that, but you can also motivate and encourage each other if you do struggle. Whether you’re lifting weights in the gym, joining a new fitness class, or simply going for a walk in the countryside, fitness is generally much more enjoyable if you have somebody with you.