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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