4 Ways to Make Exercise Fun
Too often we put off doing things that are necessary just because we don’t fully enjoy doing them. Exercise is a perfect example of this. You have to do it if you want to stay healthy but sometimes even the thought of putting in the level of commitment it takes to maintain an exercise regimen is overwhelming.
Believe it or not, exercise can be fun.
You just need to change the way you think about it. Regular exercise will make you healthier both physically and spiritually. Vigorous exercise releases endorphins which can regulate and improve your mood. But getting started can be a problem. There are too many excuses you can make to not hold yourself accountable. Whether it is time, or the money needed to invest in gym memberships, or just fear of the discomfort of being sore the next day, it doesn’t change the fact that you need to exercise if you want to live a full, healthy life. It doesn’t matter if you want to or not, you still need to do it.
The trick to making workouts fun is to make exercise not feel like exercise. Here are some easy tips to help you get started and make exercise something that is enjoyed and not feared.
Start Slowly with a Good Walk. Walking is probably one of the easiest forms of exercise and can easily be incorporated into your daily life especially if you do not have time to go to the gym. Hiking is an easy way to fool your brain into doing exercise since you are enjoying the outdoors and all the sights, sounds and smells that come with it.
The only equipment required is a good pair of shoes. Start small. A brisk 15 minute walk outside can do wonders to your health. It is all about doing what you can with the resources and time that is available.
Get Your Groove On. Dancing can be an enjoyable way to get your heart pumping whether it is swing dancing, hula dancing or pole dancing. There are a wide varieties of dance styles to choose from and if you need some inspiration, there is an industry for online dance videos that can keep things new and fresh on a daily basis.
You might be surprised how fit this activity can make you. Dancing can strengthen your core muscles while toning your legs and abs.
Do It With Your Kids. Do you need someone who is equally energetic and will keep you motivated to work up a sweat? Chances are you already have one or more of them running around. Kids are are a virtually endless stream of energy. Just keeping pace with them is enough to require stretching before you start.
Whether this is playing backyard sports to joining along with a cartoon dance-along, this is a great way to combine physical activity and family. With all the running and jumping involved, you are sure to break a sweat and they will value getting to spend time with you.
Play Video games. This advice might seem counterproductive since most video games require nothing more than pressing some buttons on a controller as the rest of your body remains sedentary. However, consider the technology you have available today, it is possible to use your console for exercise. With gaming options like Wii, you can exercise while having fun.
If you’re someone that has a hard time getting up and exercising, don’t think of it as exercise. Find something that you really enjoy doing and make that a part of your daily routine.