Love it or hate it, working out is one of those things everyone should make a regular part of their lives. What might start out as a sense of fun and excitement when tying up running shoes or stepping into an aerobics class can eventually turn into a sense of boredom and downright drudgery. It doesn’t have to, though – when you incorporate these elements:
Try something new. Variety is the spice of life, and this definitely holds true for working out. For those who tend to stick to walking or running, signing up for a martial arts class or joining a recreational volleyball league can add that special something to a weekly workout routine. Never tried ballroom dancing before? Now’s the time!
Find a sense of purpose. Signing up for something with an end goal such as a weight-lifting contest, swimming race, or sprint triathlon offers a good reason to get to the gym. If additional motivation is needed, choose to train and raise money for a specific cause.
Make it a group effort. Working out with other people is good for motivation – and it’s more fun! For those who have historically trained for solo sporting events, finding a group of friends and joining a team adventure activity or long-distance relay race can put that sense of fun back into a fitness regimen.
Get outside. Avoid the treadmill and stationary bike, and add some variety to a workout by going for a jog or bike ride outside. Vary the route, speed routine, and time of day to keep things interesting. Or, instead of taking a group class at the gym, find one that meets in a local park and incorporates the jungle gym, natural obstacles, and other class members to challenge fitness skills.