Do you dread working out?
See it as a chore?
Well, you aren’t alone but believe you me, working out can be fun, not to mention incredibly rewarding! Those that are able to find joy in working out are much more likely to pursue it for the long run, which is where the benefits come in anyway. The following tips will help you enjoy to your work out:
Imagination can have a profound affect on your life. One of my favourite things about exercising is that it takes my mind to an undisturbed place, free of worry and negativity. Many people work out to look better, but exercising makes you feel better as well (hello, endorphins!). Every time you work out, think about how you want to look and feel and how hard you are willing to work to make that change. The fact that you are taking charge is incredibly rewarding.
Decide on working out for ___ times a week. Stick to your plan and eventually it will become a habit. Making it a habit makes it easy to continue and, before you know it, you will be looking forward to your scheduled work outs.
- Challenge Yourself/Create Fitness Goals
It’s not supposed to be easy, or everyone would be doing it. It is a mental and physical challenge that you must dedicate yourself to. Set goals, such as reaching 100 sit ups in one setting or moving up in weights in a certain amount of time. Always listen to your body; learn the difference between bone ache and muscle ache, but never stop challenging yourself (even if it’s only in increments).
Not everyone is going to enjoy the same work out. Some people prefer running, others despise it, and the same can be said about any exercise routines. There are SO many options for working out that saying “I don’t like working out. Period.” is the worst excuse in the book. Find a work out that excites you. This will help keep it challenging and fun!
Music can change your mood and it is no different with working out. Many people find it easier to run and engage in physical activity with music. Create a soundtrack that motivates you.
You can take pictures at the start of your work out (those “before” shots) and snap along as you advance. This kind of visual cue is incredibly rewarding. Alternatively, write your progress down in a book. Keep track of how long you worked out for, what was easier for you and what you added. All these details will continue to improve and grow as you do, too.
Yes, sometimes you might feel like giving up or that the last rep is absolutely impossible. But that is often just your mind tricking you into submission. Turn challenges into rewarding opportunities. When you do that jab-cross-hook-uppercut sequence, picture yourself as Mike Tyson. When you are dipping low into those plie squats, become a ballerina (see header picture for example :). Calf raises? Super woman stance is the best for these!
There are so many ways to have fun with this. And once you do, as I have found, you will be looking forward to your next work. Now go and ENJOY!
Lots of love xx