Making Exercise Fun
What you can do to have a better time in the gym and get better results.
routines, like everything in life, can become a bit too routine. After a
while, working out can seem more of a chore than anything, and when this
happens, it becomes difficult to muster up the will to get to the
working out doesn't have to be dull and lifeless. With some fun-boosting
steps, you can add some new life to your routine and cause you want to get
in the gym more often.
Wondering what you can do to put a smile on your face when you're under the
barbell or in aerobics class? Wonder no more!
Switch It Up
Burn out occurs in the
gym when you
do the same thing day in and day out. The most obvious solution is to do new
that stretch your abilities. Turn to personal
trainer to learn some new
ideas to slip into your repertoire. You can also fun up your routine by
walking out of the
going to your local playground. Grab a bar for a few pull-ups and then head
over to the monkey bars. Go back and forth a couple times and then head to
the swing set for some swinging. Do all these
with joy and vigor and you will easily reach your target heart rate, all
while having a good time.
Grab a Partner
Is there someone in your life who makes everything a little bit more fun?
Why aren't you
exercising with him or her? Whether it's a spouse or significant other,
long-time neighbor, coworker, best friend, or priest, working out with
someone you enjoy spending time with will make your workouts more fun as
If you're not making the most of your time in the
probably not going to enjoy being there. While forcing yourself get in one
more rep may not seem like a blast, it can be extremely gratifying. And for
most people, doing a job well translates to fun. So if you want your routine
to be more fun, you should work your body as hard as you want it to appear
you work it.
Another fun way to improve your exercise is to use your imagination. Sure,
you may be surrounded by average Joes and Jos in the
gym, but you
don't have to see it that way in your head. Instead, picture a gym full of
elite athletes, all working as hard as possible to be the best in the world.
Just remember - you're one of them, so you have to work just as hard - if
not harder than - them.
Move It or Lose
Some of the most fun
occur when you're not worried about how many calories you're burning.
Instead, you're simply playing a game that requires a lot of movement. If
you're not into basketball or tennis, try something that requires you to
move or be moved, such as kickboxing, boxing, or mixed martial arts. Each of
these sports requires you to be in optimal shape. And if you don't stay
mentally focused and on your toes at all time, you'll be on your backside in
no time. Pretty good incentive to work harder than your opponent.
Though video games have traditionally been a detriment to good health, a
number of new video game systems and arcade games require players to be on
the move. If you have access to these games, use them for a change of pace
in your routine, as you dance, jog, and play your way to a better, more fun
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