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Tips for Loving Your Workout

Emily Lindholm

Even if you love how you feel after a workout, it doesn't always mean that the working out part is fun.  Or is it?  Everyone feels their own way of working out.  Many would say that it's hard to get motivated, but it feels great once they get started.  Some people simply hate working out.  Then there are those who love working out, do it all the time, and these are the people who are running around in yoga pants and running shoes on any given day.  Regardless of where you stand, here are some tips on how to begin loving your workouts.  Anyone can grow a love for working out, or at least, getting motivated to work out in the first place!

Change Your Beliefs

Drop the association with workouts and gym class drills.  Whatever your association is that stops you from getting up and moving, try re-framing it.  Change your negative beliefs with empowering ones.  Look back and see how far back those beliefs go.  Chances are, they formed when you were super young.  It's time to change your stories into positive ones, and empower yourself through positive self-talk.

Change Your Intent

Many people share the same intent, weight loss.  No matter what the end goal is, it's not going to get you there if that's all you're focused on.  Instead, focus your attention on how you feel, during and afterward.  If the word "should" exists anywhere in your thoughts, take it out.  Focus on the ways you can enhance your lifestyle, improve your mood, and make better decisions, and weight loss will likely follow.  

Find the Workout That is Right For You

Enjoying exercise is all about enjoying what you do.  If you don't enjoy running, chances are you won't keep up a running routine.  Perhaps you like dancing or swimming.  Check out what's happening in your community and partake in those activities that draw you in.  Exercise doesn't have to look a certain way.  It can look however you want it to look, so do what you enjoy!

Self Assess

Check in with yourself.  Did you have an exhausting and stressful day?  Maybe shorten your routine on rough days, or focus more on stretching.  Give your body the recovery time it needs and you'll maintain the fire to keep going.  Then, on those days when your energy is high, take advantage!  

Make the Time

I would guess that one of the most common excuses in the world is that there's not enough time.  Physical movement and exercise is so important, it's worth fitting in, even if that means getting up an hour earlier.  Be sure to make the time, and you'll be glad you did.  

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Flagstaff, Ariz.

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