In a perfect world, we would find exercises we like and stick with them. There would always be room in your Zumba class, it would always be offered at the right time, and your ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend would be required to stay ten miles away at all times. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Sometimes what’s best for us isn’t necessarily what we find the most fun. Few people enjoy running or doing squats.
When willpower isn’t enough, here are some ways to learn to love the exercises you hate.
Join a 30 day challenge
Let’s say your personal trainer suggested you do more planks. What if you could barely get up off the ground without shedding tears and a bit of dignity? Search Facebook for a “30 day plank challenge” or download a similar app. These challenges encourage you to add more, day after day, until you’re a master by the end of the month. There’s one for every favorite exercise: squats, push-ups, planks, and more.
Before you begin, decide on a special treat that you will treat yourself to if you complete the challenge. Massage? Manicure?
Sign up for a 5k
Sign up for the most fun 5k you can find. It’s a booming industry these days, between color racing, foam racing, and all kinds of crazy themed racing. Roll up a few friends with you, then start preparing. As you log those training miles, think about how good you’ll feel when you cross the finish line of the race.
walk to food
Hey, if you’re going to brunch anyway, pick a spot a mile (or two or three) away and walk there. Call it an “urban hike”. Remember, a walk around the corner to the convenience store doesn’t “burn” an ice cream sandwich.
Have you ever thought about getting up early, before work, to go to the gym or go for a run? Reflection is about as far as these shots usually get. Get a buddy up early with you, and you’ll have more fun too.
If you’re the competitive type, find a few friends or colleagues who will donate a few dollars to a pool. Everyone sets an exercise goal and whoever reaches their goal splits the pot.
Create a blog to track your progress and invite friends and family to follow you. If you’re not the public type, start an exercise journal. Track your daily progress. It’s easier and faster to run your mile than to find a creative excuse not to.
Make it a game
Let’s face it, running can be a real nap party. Running away from zombies? Well, that’s quite interesting. The “Zombies Run” app, and others like it, turn running into a game. Interval training is integrated in the form of sprints as you “overtake hordes of zombies”. Hey, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared.
Listen to good music
Somehow, watching the Food Network on the TV attached to the elliptical just doesn’t motivate you as much as listening to upbeat, upbeat music. Create your own playlist, or if you’re bored, check out Pandora’s “workout” genres for stations like “Pop and Hip Hop Power Workout,” “80s Cardio,” or whatever gets your pumped. blood. Your workout will pass quickly, three minutes at a time.