Why is it hard to want to work out sometimes? Why do we all have days where we just hate going to work out with a passion.
It’s because you’re approaching this whole working out thing the wrong way.
Don’t feel like you need to do specific exercises that everyone else is doing. For obtaining your fitness goals, there are literally 100’s of exercises you could be doing that do the exact same thing, albeit at certain intensities.
So why not switch it up from time to time?
We All Experience Burnout When Exercising
There is no way around it… At one point or another you’re going to experience burnout from your regular routine. Unless you switch things up when you experience burnout, then you will lose all the motivation you have.
I am the type of person who gets bored from doing the same thing over and over. This means that routine workouts don’t work for me for very long.
If you’re like me then you need to switch things up if you want to be consistent. This requires a little creativity on your part. Don’t be afraid to try non-traditional exercises you’re typically used to.
Remember, the most important thing about exercising is to do exercises that are fun and enjoyable for you.
Don’t be one of those people who put the ‘work’ in WORK-out.
Ideas to do Exercises that are Fun
So you may need a little push to get your brainstorming underway. No problem, here are some good ideas for out-of-the-box exercises that you may find enjoyable.
- Rock Climbing
- Walk with your Dog
- White Water Rafting
- Ice Skating
- Yard Work (Yes, some people do enjoy yard work.)
- Ultimate Frisbee
- Tag Football
- Hula Hooping
- Roughhousing with kids and/or dog
- Martial Arts
- Clean (Yes, some people like cleaning too.)
- Active Video Games
These are just a few ideas of how you can switch up some of your exercising and keep having fun.
It’s All in Your Head
What if I told you that you could make any exercise fun. All you need to do is change your mindset.
Think I am crazy?
Well, there’s science to back this up. A study was published in the journal Marketing Letters that put that theory to the test. The researchers gathered 56 healthy adult women who were overweight. The women were given maps detailing the same exact one mile outdoor course and were told how they would be spending their next half-hour walking there with lunch after.
Of the group of women, half of them were told their walk was meant to be exercise and they were encourage to view it as exercise. They were also told to measure their exertion.
The other half were told that their walk would be purely for pleasure. They would be listening to music throughout the walk and wanted them to measure the sound quality of the music.
When the women finished the group who were told to view the walk as exercise reported feeling fatigued and grumpy, while the other group of women didn’t. At lunch after the walk, the women had a choice to eat unhealthy or healthy food. The women who had viewed the walk as exercise ate more unhealthy food and more calories overall than the women who viewed the walk as fun.
The end result of the study gathered that the more fun we perceived to have, the less we felt the need to compensate for the effort with food.
So maybe it’s time you start thinking about exercising in a more positive light. You also should switch things up a bit to keep it fresh.
You keep that up, you’ll reach your fitness goals in no time. 🙂
What’s your favorite exercise that you do for fun?