Keeping fit is not always fun. It feels great to push yourself and burn calories, and there is always the endorphin rush you get from working out, however keeping to the same exercise regime day after day can get a little monotonous. Or maybe you do not enjoy working out at all, maybe you only exercise to stay healthy and otherwise find it a chore?
Well, here are some tips to help anyone, fitness freak and gym hater alike.
Try a sport
Taking up a sport is a great way to have fun whilst working out, especially a team sport. Doing something like boxing, football, volleyball or tennis helps to make your workout into a game and when you play in a group you also get the added bonus of team camaraderie. It also gives you a great excuse to get outside in warmer weather – volleyball, for example, can be played indoors or on the beach. Check out all the must-have beach volleyball gear and prepare for a summer of sport.
Workout with friends
Exercise is always more fun when you do it with friends. It helps you to work harder, you can encourage each other, teach each other, and makes it more enjoyable by adding an element of friendly competition by turning it into a social event. If you are someone who occasionally lacks the motivation to exercise then enlist a workout buddy, it is much harder to skip your workout if you have someone waiting on you.
Make a playlist
Music is an excellent aid to exercise – it is even believed to make your workout harder, make you run faster and push yourself to lift heavier weights. No doubt, you have felt that boost of energy that is sparked when an upbeat song comes on the radio so why not make yourself a playlist full of such music to listen to when you work out?
There is a reason why exercise classes always have pumping tunes playing at a high volume. Music not only improves your motivation but makes your workout feel like a dance party.
Go to boot camp
Boot camp may not sound very fun and might seem a little intimidating but if you get into it, it can be a fun and efficient way to workout. It is an intense regime that will push you to your limits but will undoubtedly leave you with a smile on your face afterwards. You will quickly find it gets easier and easier and your overall fitness level will improve rapidly – it is the sense of accomplishment and the motivation boost that makes this activity a fun way to workout. If boot camp feels a little out of your league right now, try out a slightly easier exercise class to help get you into the groove of things.
Try new things
The key to keeping your workout from getting stale and boring is to mix things up a bit. Throw in a new challenge every now and again such as a new yoga pose, practice with your dog or a piece of equipment you do not usually touch. Variety is the spice of life they say.