Many of us think of exercise as a chore. While there may be days when the couch seems more appealing than the gym, it’s hugely beneficial to shift your mindset and embrace an active lifestyle. There are ways to make fitness fun. If you’re looking to get into exercise, or it’s been a while since you did a workout, here are some tips to bear in mind…
Explore different activities
All too often, we associate being physically fit and active with having a gym membership or spending hours jogging around a park every week. Many people enjoy these types of workouts, but there are so many other ways to work up a sweat. If you don’t fancy doing crunches and sit-ups or hitting the treadmill, or you tend to get bored easily, explore different activities. Join a local intramural sports team, go swimming, start playing tennis or golf on a regular basis, sign up for dance classes or get out into the great outdoors and try hiking, mountain biking or kayaking. You could also start getting fit at home. If you don’t feel confident exercising in front of others, or you have a busy schedule, you can invest in home gym equipment or take advantage of virtual personal training sessions and online exercise classes. Varying your workouts and trying new activities can help to increase motivation levels and ensure that exercise is more fun.
Boost your confidence with new workout clothes
Sometimes the right outfit is just the motivation one needs to make a drab fitness routine into a fab fitness routine! If you’re looking to get back into the swing of going to the gym, you’re preparing for your first Pilates class, or you’ve started going to a running club, it can help boost your confidence to look the part. Activewear is a booming industry and there are some incredible styles and outfits available for all kinds of activities. From curves fitness clothing and reflective ensembles for nighttime bike riding to squat-proof leggings and comfortable outfits for yoga, it’s worth browsing the virtual aisles, getting inspiration from magazines and social media feeds and treating yourself to some pieces that will make you feel empowered and excited for your next workout.
Sometimes it’s wonderful to enjoy a little time alone, but often exercise is more fun when you’re with friends, a partner or a group of people. It may not be possible to get involved in mass gatherings at the moment, but you can go for a socially-distanced run or take part in virtual classes or group sessions outdoors. Get friends involved in your mission to be more active and make the most of your free time. If you have hours to kill on the weekend, go for a walk, try fun activities like cycling, rock climbing and swimming with the kids or set up a circuit in the backyard. Being around others can make the time pass faster and it can also spur you on to put in more effort and give you the push your need when energy levels are low. Most of us respond well to healthy competition.
Do you roll your eyes when people talk about working out? Being active has an array of benefits for physical and mental health, so it’s important to try and embrace exercise. If you can start having fun while you’re working up a sweat, you’ll reap the rewards!