5 Tips for Making Fitness Fun
With New Year’s resolutions long forgotten, you may have fully given up on getting fit by the time the world’s favorite party night rolls around again. But spring break and warm weather are when most of us tend to want to get back into our fitness routines.
Whatever your reason for dropping your goal — whether it doesn’t fit into your schedule, you lost motivation or it just wasn’t holding your interest — fitness has slipped lower and lower on your priority list until it is nothing more than a passing fancy that pulls at your heartstrings every now and then.
Well, hopefully I can help you out. Despite the resulting exhaustion and drenching in sweat after every session, fitness can be fun; a kind of fun that will keep you motivated and searching for time in your schedule.
Here are 5 tips for making fitness fun:
1. Find something you actually enjoy doing. You can get fit without the hours of looking at the same spot on the wall in front of the treadmill for hours and heavy lifting. Go on a bike ride to somewhere you’ve never been before, join a dance class or climb a mountain – there’s a lot to do that doesn’t involve repetitive machines and sweaty gyms.
2. This is also your time to try something completely new if you’re the type of person (like me) who isn’t motivated to do anything fitness-related. Buy a bunch of 80s pilates movies from your local thrift store and see how many you can get through without totally losing it (bonus points if you don a matching outfit, too).
LesMills offers a great at-home option with 30 minute workouts that you can do anywhere. Plus they have a free 10-day trial!
3. Find a buddy. Exercise, much like misery, loves company. With friends you can distract yourself, but also challenge each other. Be each other’s coach, urging the other to keep going and compete for who buys ice cream afterwards. With friends, you can set goals together and keep going, just make sure you don’t both convince the other to be lazy. After all, one of you has to keep the group going, even if you don’t feel up to it.
And your friend, if they’re a good friend, will happily join you on your quest through the 80s pilates movies, especially if you have matching leotards.
4. Use your music for good. Having a good playlist can make or break a work out and it sometimes changes depending on the day. Have a good mix of super exciting and crazy music, music that makes you feel strong and powerful, and even calm music that you enjoy.
If necessary, make different playlists for different activities. Doing yoga? Make a playlist of soft and sweet ballads. Deadlifts? Death metal. Or whatever works for you. Maybe you like classical music while running laps; just find what works for you and stick with it.
5. Train for something you’ve never done before. So you didn’t lose the weight you wanted, but you could at least do a 5K. Becoming a runner isn’t as difficult as you think it is.
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No matter what you find, search for something that will work for you and bring you joy rather than dread. Don’t be afraid to try new things (and get super awesome matching outfits, too).
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Les Mills. The opinions and text are all mine.