The trick to loving exercise begins with an attitude that you’re not actually tricking yourself into anything. It’s in taking the right steps to discovering and enjoying the physical activity you’ll be including in your life. You may be convinced that there is no way you will ever love any kind of workout. That said, until you try these techniques, you’ll never know if you’re right.
Loving Exercise Begins with a Desire to Start
If you’ve been sedentary for a while, the thought of loving exercise probably just made you make your most skeptical face. Daunting, sure. Work, yeah. But enjoyable? That’s hard to picture. Still, you’ll just need to trust me when I say that it’s more than possible. It begins with your desire to get moving.
If you’ve already been doing regular workouts but you haven’t been loving exercise, it’s possible to begin – or rekindle – that great relationship. Some tweaks will be needed that’s all.
Most of us go through the same routine when we decide to work out and most of the time it ends up going the same way. We join expensive gyms only to quit after three weeks–if we’re lucky. Or we buy expensive equipment, and once the novelty wears off, that’s stuffed into a closet. Maybe we’ve signed up for a new streaming class. Maybe we attend them all, maybe we start off attending and then…well, you get the picture.
Of course, we all want to be loving exercise, but the issue is that we get bored, or we continue going back to the physical activities we don’t like. There’s a world of options out there, but we have this terrible habit of focusing on only a few, whether we like them or not!
Pumping iron and doing the same routine over and over again is not exactly the most riveting experience we could have in life. Even the payoff is often not incentive enough to keep it all going because you don’t exactly see results overnight (unless you count muscle stiffness!). The common trend is that we get determined and on a high about losing weight or getting fit and generally we become discouraged when we give up.
How Can We Keep Up a Fitness Routine and Like It?
The good news is, there is a way to start loving exercise. The key is actually quite simple. We have to like what we are doing. So, why don’t more of us do that? The answer to that is simple too. There are several reasons why this almost never happens. One, is that we are conditioned to believe that in order to keep fit, we have to join the ranks of the muscle-bound dudes in the gym lifting way too much weight and grunting on every push. We think we have to sweat and experience discomfort. Remember the cliché–no pain, no gain? Well, with that we can quibble.
There are plenty of ways to get and stay fit the right way. The second reason is that we don’t really know what we are doing so we feel that if we knock ourselves out–we are doing something good. But did you know that there are ways to not only stay fit, but keep it that way indefinitely?
Commit to Loving Your Exercise!
Start with a good attitude. Decide that you’re open to loving exercise. If you begin with the mindset that you’re not going to like it, you’ll likely be right. Instead, give each activity, sport, and workout a fresh chance.
Choose the things you’re most convinced that you’ll enjoy doing. Try new things. As you discover the types of workouts you like, keep those up and try new versions of them until you fine tune your workouts to what you really like. Even if you don’t find yourself looking forward to your workouts – many of us have spent so many years dreading workouts so it’s extremely tough to break that habit – do it anyway and make a mental note of how much you’re enjoying it. Note also how great you feel afterward!
Over time, you’ll discover that you really are loving exercise. You’ll be doing things you enjoy on a regular basis and liking the way you feel when – and after – you do them. Remember that a little goes a long way. If you love to walk, just a 20-minute stroll a day will burn calories. If you walk heel to toe with 4-foot strides and gluteus muscles tight, you’ll be firm in no time. Do you have a sport you like? How about tennis, racquetball or golf? Just an hour three days a week gets the same result as a boring treadmill run. Like nature? Hiking on uneven ground gets you a pretty big result over time. It doesn’t matter the activity–just think active and not passive and you are good to go.