How to Make Fitness Fun Again

If you are like me, the words exercise and fun do not belong in the same sentence. Working out is something I do because I have to, not because I necessarily want to. Yes, I love the way I feel after I work out, and when I do not get my exercise time I definitely feel like less of a person, but that does not mean that I think working out is fun.

The fact that exercise feels like a chore makes me less motivated to do it as much as I should. If there was a way to retrain myself to think of fitness as a fun activity, and not as an obligation, then I would want to do it more. The good news is that there are ways to make exercise an exciting part of your life, and below are a few of the best ways to do so.

Keep Things Interesting

In order to not get bored with your workout routine it may be necessary to switch things up every now and then. Do not just stick to your routine run or the treadmill or your normal circuit, throw in new things here and there in order to keep it interesting. Swim a  few laps, jog through the hills or start a hiking group. Making exercise something that you look forward to is going to not only make it more fun, but also make you want to work harder at it.

Use Your Immediate Space

For me, the hardest part about working out is driving to the gym. Just getting the motivation to get ready and go somewhere can be the biggest mental challenge. In order to overcome this, take the drive out of the equation. Using your immediate surroundings is sometimes has more than enough resources to get in a good workout. You can just jog out your door and run a few miles, do yoga in your back yard, or incorporate your furniture into a make shift circuit. You would be surprised how much you can do with a bit of floor space.

Socialize While You Feel the Burn

Just like how you plan to get dinner or drinks with friends, schedule a workout date with your pals. This way you can catch up on your gossip while you burning calories at the same time. Plan out a few miles for a hike, walk or jog. The time really does fly when you gab the whole way through your workout.

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