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10 Ways To Make Exercise More Fun

10 Ways To Make Exercise More Fun

Let’s face it, we could all be in great shape if we ate healthier and got more exercise. There are just a couple of problems with this statement: eating healthy isn’t always going to satisfy cravings, and most of us really don’t like to exercise. After all, unless you are into sports, most forms of physical exercise are really quite boring. Well, exercising doesn’t have to be boring. Here are 10 ways that you can make it a whole lot more fun.

1. Switch Things Up

Sometimes, the thing that makes exercising so boring is the fact that you get into a rut. You do the same workouts every time you are at the gym, use the same machines, etc. Try different types of workouts, and try to do something different each time you work out. That way, you are not nearly as likely to become bored with exercise and give up on it altogether.

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2. Exercise Outside

Often, the environment you exercise in can determine whether or not you are going to tire quickly of the routine. Exercising outdoors is a great way to keep things interesting. The world is your playground, so get out there and enjoy it.

3. Get A Workout Buddy

Exercising with a friend is always a lot more fun than exercising alone. And, there is an added bonus: you can encourage each other, which is going to help you both get into better shape even faster.

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4. Watch Television

They may say that watching television can make someone pack on the pounds, but there is a way around it that can make exercising more interesting. Move your workout gear into the television room. You can watch your favorite shows while working out, making the time go faster.

5. Tune Time

Another way to make your workouts go by faster is to do them while listening to your favorite music. Choose songs that are fast and upbeat (here’s a great list), so you can really burn some calories keeping up with the beat.

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6. Get Dancing

Speaking of music, a great way to stay in shape is to dance. Hip hop dancing is an excellent workout, and it is loads of fun. If you like the dance style but not necessarily the lyrics, check out Christian hip hop workouts at ShazzyFitness.

7. Challenge Yourself

If you have something to work towards, you will find that you enjoy exercising more. Challenge yourself every day. For instance, if you can do 20 sit-ups today, push for 25 tomorrow, and 30 the next day. When you have a challenge to meet, you will be more apt to exercise. Try it!

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8. Eat Healthy

This may not seem important for working out, but you would be surprised. If you are not getting enough protein, you won’t have the energy to work out. Forget about eating a lot of carbs — the sugar rush only lasts for a short time, and you will run out of energy in the middle of your workouts.

9. Wear Comfortable Clothes

It may be that you are wearing the wrong workout clothes and you are not comfortable while you are exercising. Don’t worry about being fashionable and stylish. Comfort should be your first concern. If you aren’t comfortable, you will likely give up on exercise pretty quickly.

10. Don’t Do Too Much Too Fast

Some people think that they can do the toughest workouts right away, and are very disappointed to find out that they aren’t nearly at the fitness level they thought they were. This can be discouraging, and cause you to stop working out. Start out slowly, and work your way up to the more difficult workouts.

Featured photo credit: Calibe Thompson via flickr.com

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Last Updated on January 14, 2019

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

1. Take the scenic route.

Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.

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Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

2. Distract yourself.

No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

3. Listen to music or podcasts.

There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.

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4. Bring a friend.

Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

5. Accessorize.

There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.

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For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

6. Compete.

A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

7. Relax.

The best part about exercising is how much you enjoy the downtime. If you think laying on your couch all day is enjoyable, it has nothing on that hour you spend as a couch potato after a rigorous workout. Jay-Z said it best, “in order to experience joy, you need pain.” The harder you push yourself while exercising, the better you’ll feel when you’re relaxing.

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With that said, don’t relax too much, or it loses the effect. It’s okay to indulge every so often. Treat yourself to some junk food you’re craving, imbibe a drink here and there, and spend a day vegging out on your couch. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be torture. Just turn down when you can and dedicate some time to better the health of your body. You only get one.

Featured photo credit: tpsdave via pixabay.com

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