Simples Ways to Make Exercise Fun
There are people out there who actually enjoy exercise. But if you aren’t one of them, they can seem like a different species. Why would anyone rather hit the gym after work than have drinks with friends, or come home to their family or heck, just crash on the couch?
The reality is that we all possess the ability to tap into an enjoyment of exercise. In fact, it’s kind of like Dorothy’s red slippers you’ve had the potential all along. To find it, you need to seek out what exercise professionals like to refer to as the fun factor. Once you find an exercise or sport that’s enjoyable, it won’t be a chore, and you’ll want to do it again and again.
There are two ways to increase the fun in your workout: Minimize monotony and routine, and maximize variety, enjoyment and physical beauty. It’s all about feeling your body and feeling the elements water, wind, earth against your body.”
Researchers at Tufts University even say that the more fun an exercise is, the more stress it reduces. But it only works if you can determine what’s fun for you. If you’re a social animal, try out group activities such as mall walking, team volleyball, square dancing, a running club or softball. If the wild calls, consider mountain biking, snowshoeing, or crosscountry skiing. And for those who crave singular, intense tasks, try rockclimbing or marathons. Whatever you decide, the key is to investigate, experiment and try a variety of activities.
Experiment with your inner athlete
Remember, even athletes get the blues. Or at least they get bored. “I’ve always enjoyed exercise, but like anyone, I can get in a rut, especially when I’m not improving,” says Bacci. For her, the rut arrived when she felt her tennis game stalling. “So I did something a lot of people might consider odd,” she says. “Instead of focusing on my game, I started focusing on my body while I played.”
Bacci thought about her feet when she was running on the court, the feeling of the racket in her hand, and the pleasurable feeling of the wind on her shoulders and face. And get this: Her game improved by leaps and bounds. “I was getting more in touch with myself, instead of trying to perform or achieve some goal.” And that’s when she started having fun.