Tips to Make Exercise Fun!

Davey,

I have been trying to get fit for the longest time, but every time I try, I get bored with workouts and routines or don’t find that I have time, or maybe desire, to stop what I’m doing for an hour or two each day to workout. Are there any activities that I could do, with or without friends, that would target my chest, abs, and back?

From,
Tyler

Hey Tyler,

The belief that “working out = boring” is one of the biggest roadblocks people encounter. Instead of looking forward to the gym or exercise, many people dread it – and then consequently skip workouts and avoid exercise. (And who can blame them? Life is too short to do things that you don’t like.) If exercise isn’t enjoyable, you’ll probably struggle to make it a habit. If it’s fun, the whole process is much easier.

Injecting excitement into your exercise routine might come from doing any or all of the following:

  1. Listen to music – create a good playlist.
  2. Get a workout partner.
  3. Join a class like Pilates, yoga, pole dancing (it’s a great workout!) or Zumba.
  4. Exercise in front of a TV – or even during commercial breaks.
  5. Try new exercises or a new form of exercise (i.e., rock climbing, dancing, tennis, gymnastics, etc.).
  6. Set goals and achieve them – get competitive with yourself.
  7. Just do two sets of each exercise.
  8. Jog or jump rope in between your sets.

Interestingly, there have been a few studies on the subject of exercise and enjoyment. Most recently, I read an article in which researchers discovered that exercisers overestimate how much they’re going to dislike working out. Researchers found that simply by moving a participant’s favorite exercises to the beginning of the workout, people were much less likely to skip the gym. In other words, if you enjoy training on an elliptical, move that to the front of your workout. According to the researchers’ findings, it will help get you to the gym.

Also, keep in mind that you need not exercise an hour or two each day (as you mentioned in your email). Just 30 – 45 minutes a day, 2 – 3 times a week is a great place to start. From there, you can slowly build up as you find forms of exercise that you enjoy. And remember, exercise isn’t just working out in the gym. Exercise comes in many forms; hiking, biking, swimming, dancing, climbing, kayaking and so many other fun activities can all be a part of your fitness program.

Don’t use the excuse that exercise is boring to keep you from working out; exercise is only boring if you make it that way. Have fun with it!

Love,
Davey

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Comments

  1. hello.. i would like to ask.. i quote” Just do two sets of each exercise. ” this is something i would like to ask about. is it realy enough? i mean it would be nice for me because i have read that we should make atleast 3sets from exercise.
    but yeah, it become boring after second round… ofc depends on the exercises .. but still
    anyways this tips are nice:) tyvm for this article…
    in last few month i got much more lazy ๐Ÿ˜› :/ so this helps me little bit and right now im going to make some:)

  2. I agree that workouts don’t have to be boring. In Austin, we are lucky enough to have a long trail around the lake right in the middle of downtown that offers 3, 4, 5, 7, and 10 mile options, depending on the circuit you’re doing. I refer my patients to your site regularly. Of course, they’re not going to get a body like yours just from walking, but it’s a good first step.

  3. Try parkour, exciting and exhausting

  4. Hi guys,

    I love this article, so true…

    In my opinion, there is no use in doing something one doesn’t like in their leisure time. It’s time to have some fun ๐Ÿ™‚

    I say, if you think that some exercise is boring, then do something you like.

    If you don’t like routines, then try something different every day.

    Maybe you won’t have the abs you dream of, but at least you won’t have excuses for sitting on the coach all day.

    Also buying some nice sports clothes and keeping looks helps, especially if someone lacks self confidence, like I do.

    It has been written in the article, but I don’t think it has been stressed enough. The exercise, the motion itself should be fun. Sounds like cliche, huh?

    But it worked in my case. I stopped doing exercises, which I didn’t like and replaced them with workouts I actually do like. From a person who hated all kinds of sport for 16 long years I have turned into someone who can’t live without it now.

    Love and peace,
    L.

  5. Isn’t it difficult to work out with a constant boner though? ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. christopher says:

    this is so so very simple.go to a club-a workout club-where they sincerely honestly-take an interest in their clients-and the clients take interest in other clients-voila-instant gratification-they take an interest in you-and you in them.its happened to me in suburbia-it will happen to you-trust me.

  7. I read books while cycling in the gym for 50 minutes. I used to get bored and music was not entertaining enough. Reading helps time go by fast, plus I love reading now!!!!

  8. Reading while doing anything gets me motion sick. I say, find yourself a passion. My cousin found rock climbing in the beginning of college. Barely knew it. After three years he’s like an expert.

    I am passionate in my volleyball. Been playing since 4th grade. When you have a passion in exercise, your main motivation is to get better. Sure, Volleyball is mainly Cardio but is pushes me lift so I can get stronger. All my strength was in my legs until last year when Started to lift more upper-body. What a difference it makes.

    I suggest sampling as much as possible. And remember. It doesn’t have to be a sport. Just an activity. And if you think you suck at it, then the only way to go is to get better. Practice and see the improvement which will inevitable push you to keep it up.

  9. Arkansas Robert says:

    Davey,

    What’s your top ten workout songs?(everyone else can answer too! :D)

    And pushup/situps during commercials is a great work out too! Do it for the hour or two you watch television and you easily get a couple sets to your arms and abs.

    Hope you reply!
    Robert

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