You can make exercise fun? Sounds crazy but it’s true. Some people feel they force themselves to exercise and it’s like work. But it doesn’t have to be.
With cardiovascular disease as a leading cause of death, we know exercising at least 30 minutes for 3 to 5 days a week is important.
Here are tips to get motivated to take care of yourself.
4 Tips to Make Exercise Fun
1. Join an Exercise Class
People benefit from a group class for a variety of reasons:
- Everyone in the class is in it together.
- There tends to be a lot of encouragement and support. This is especially true if the class is geared towards a certain age group.
Great way to meet new people.
- It’s easy to build friendships with others who have a common interest.
- You can support each other on your health and wellness journey.
2. Set The Mood With Music
Music is a great motivator for many people. When the music and exercise match, you may surprise yourself with the results.
- The music should enhance, not detract, from what you’re doing. With yoga or Tai Chi, the music should calm and relax you.
- When you’re on the treadmill or elliptical machine, use your favorite upbeat songs to keep you moving.
Music can be a motivator.
- Studies have shown that listening to music during exercise can improve results.
- Music not only encourages people to keep moving but also lifts their mood for greater endurance.
3. Try Something New
When you try something new, you can increase your confidence. You may also find a new favorite exercise.
A new piece of equipment.
- Ask a fitness specialist to show you the proper way to use new equipment. You’ll educate yourself about the full benefits of the machines, and protect yourself from injury.
- Once you’re accustomed to a certain workout, your body tends to plateau. By adding a new exercise, you can build strength and endurance.
Exercise in a different way.
- Try aquatic pilates or aquatic yoga for a different spin on your land classes. The resistance from the water offers the opportunity to experience a familiar class in a new and exciting way.
- It may not be that you need a completely different exercise, but rather adjust the weight and or amount of repetitions you’re currently doing.
4. Reward Yourself
Whether you set a goal for a week or a month, set something that is meaningful and keeps you motivated.
Set a realistic goal.
- Be sure the goal is realistic, especially if you’re new to exercising.
- Consider setting daily, weekly and monthly goals to help you stay focused.
- You’re worth the time you spend exercising and the money you spend on rewards.
- The reward for meeting your goals is what works for you. Don’t worry about what anyone else thinks of it.