A simple trick to exercise more, and be happy doing it!
What a funny word.
For some, it brings a smile to their face. I'm sure you know folks who love to exercise.
For many, the feeling is not so cheery. If you're reading this, I'd wager to bet you're amongst those that wouldn't quite call "exercise" a friend. Perhaps you tolerate one another. Or perhaps you don't. At least not yet.
Whatever the case may be, and whatever your own personal relationship is with exercise, my goal is the same: in the next couple of minutes I intend to give you a strategy to help you fall in love with exercise.
The best part? It's so simple you'll laugh when you read it. But that's why it works.
Before we get into how to make exercise fun and enjoyable, lets talk about what makes people dislike exercise.
Let me tell you a little story:
Betty made up her mind that she needed to start exercising. She dusted off her old running shoes, grabbed a water bottle, and headed down to her local gym. The front desk person showed her around, told her about the gym, and got her all signed up.
She's excited to start a new leaf.
And even more important, she's full of motivation.
So she walks around the gym, finds herself a treadmill, and starts to run.
Admittedly running isn't one of Betty's favorite hobbies, but she told herself she was exercising, and by golly if she isn't going to get a sweat going.
Day one goes off just like that.
For the next few days Betty repeats the process, she goes in to her gym, runs on a treadmill or uses the elliptical machine, and heads home.
Betty doesn't really enjoy the treadmill or the elliptical, but she made a commitment to exercise, and so she does.
But with each day that goes by Betty's willpower diminishes. Day after day Betty forces herself to the gym, but day after day it gets harder and harder to motivate herself to put on her running shoes.
Soon she misses a day, then several, and before you know it, Betty has quit going to the gym altogether.
Can you spot what went wrong?
I'll give you a minute to think it over.
Here is where the mistake was made:
Betty chose a type of exercise that she didn't enjoy.
As a result, she had to use willpower to make up for the fact that she didn't actually want to exercise.
Whether we like to believe it or not, willpower is a limited resource.
After awhile she ran out, and so she stopped going to the gym.
So what's the trick? How can we overcome this challenge?
Pick a workout that you actually want to do.
Does it take willpower to drink water when you're thirsty? Or eat food when you're hungry? Of course not. You want to do those things, so it's easy to get yourself to do them.
The same is true with exercise. If you find something you actually enjoy doing, you'll never skip another day.
So many people decide they need to exercise and then make the mistake of simply joining the nearest gym.
Sure, a gym is one way to get a workout, but it's one of literally thousands of different options, and it may not be the best option for you.
Here are 13 exercise options that don't require a gym:
- Take a dance class
- Go hiking
- Play ping-pong
- Join a kickboxing club
- Get a surf lesson
- Ride a bike
- Take up racquetball
- Throw a baseball around with some friends
- Go frisbee golfing
- Try rollerblading
- Jump on a trampoline
- Play fetch in the park with your dog
- Plant a garden in the yard
I'm sure you can think of many many more.
The point is this: don't limit yourself to doing exercise that you don't enjoy.
There are so many different activities you can try, and you're bound to find one you enjoy.
It's not hard to get yourself to go do something that you love doing.
Once you find something that you like, make it a routine! Find other people in that community to participate with you and hold you accountable.
If you can do that, I guarantee you can exercise more, and enjoy yourself while doing it.