Wednesday, August 13, 2014

10 Ways to Enjoy Your Workouts

Often we all can get stuck in a rut with our workouts. Even so called “gym rats” can get bored with the same old routine. Working out day in and day out can not only cause boredom, but can slow down your results. Here are a few quick tips on how you can spice up your workout routine and keep you moving towards your health and fitness goals.

10 Ways To Enjoy Your Workouts

1. Workout With A Friend- Not only will a workout partner keep you accountable, but you’ll have each other to motivate and socialize.

2. Participate In A Fitness Class- All you have to do is follow the lead of the instructor. You’ll probably try a few new moves, which will be fun. Everyone in the class, along with the instructor, will hold you accountable. Fitness classes are also a great way to meet others that are focused on their health and fitness.

3. Sign Up For A Fitness Challenge- Fitness challenges are typically only 21 days, which is long enough for you to make working out a habit. You’ll set goals and be given all of the tools that you’ll need to succeed. Bonus: most of the time fitness challenges will allow you to try new programs, such as personal training or boot camp classes, at a reduced cost.

4. Workout Outdoors- Most of us are stuck in the office or at home all day. Getting outside will make you feel better. There are so many enjoyable activities that you can do such as walking on the beach, hiking, kayaking, swimming, running on a trail, etc.

5. Try Something New- Break up your routine by trying a new activity that you’ve never done before. Get a friend to join you or teach you the skills. A couple ideas are to learn a sport that you’ve never played, work on something you never thought you could do such as running a 5k.

6. Workout To A New Playlist- Music is a great motivator. Upbeat music will keep you moving and take your mind off of what you are doing. Sing along and it will make your workout even more fun.

7. Set Goals- Goals will set your mind to your mind on an achievement and keep you focused. You are more likely to accomplish your goals when you set goals that have substance or meaning behind them. Also, make sure your goals are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-specific so that you have set boundaries so you know that your goal is possible and you know when you actually reach your goal. Another tip is to write down you goal where you see it daily and to tell someone else your goal so they can help keep you accountable.

8. Do Short Workouts- Short workout burst are easy to schedule and can be more motivating because they can be completed quickly. An example is do 30 seconds of each of the following exercises: jog in place, jump rope, high knees, jumping jacks, butt kicks, mountain climbers. Then repeat for 2-3 rounds. You’ll be done with a high calorie burning workout in under 10 minutes. How does that sound?!?!

9. Record Improvements- When you see what you are actually accomplishing in your workouts you will be more likely to keep pressing forward and work harder. We are all motivated by getting results. And getting results will lead to more enjoyable workouts.

10. Join A Rec League- Feel like you are an athlete in school again. By participating in a rec league, you’ll get you exercise again by playing a game you enjoy and have fun doing it. It’s a great way to get your inner youth back, plus you’ll meet others who share similar interests and value their health and fitness.