We all know we need to be doing enough exercise for good health, but sometimes working out can feel like a huge chore. Dragging yourself out of bed in the morning to go to a crowded gym or go running in the rain takes a lot of motivation- and it’s so easy for that to dwindle over time. To really stick at something it needs to be fun and enjoyable, something you want to do instead of having to force yourself every day! Here are some ideas to consider.
Swimming burns a massive amount of calories, but it’s low impact and easy on the joints. Plus it generally doesn’t feel like as hard work as other exercises, probably as you’re not getting sweaty and overheated! Whether you swim laps or just head to the pool to splash around with family and friends, it gets your body moving and helps to sculpt and tone the muscles. For something more strenuous, you could consider an aqua aerobics group.
Dance is fun and energetic, it teaches you new skills such as better balance and coordination, and you’ll be enjoying yourself so much it won’t feel like exercise. You could consider anything from Zumba to Clubbercise to dance your way to better health. It could be ballroom dancing, street dancing or whatever else you like the idea of! Many dance studios have lessons for various different styles, so you could check out what’s available local to you and give it a go.
Work Out From Home
Do you avoid exercise because you feel self-conscious or insecure about your looks? Maybe you don’t have the time to get out of the house for a couple of hours multiple times a week. If you have children, you have to sort childcare and things out which can make things a little more difficult. If this is the case, why not work out at home instead? There are loads of fitness DVDs and Youtube videos out there which can make exercise fun. You could purchase a games console fitness expansion like a Nintendo Wii Fit, a Playstation Kinect or even a dance mat if you have any old school consoles lying around- you can find them quite cheaply on eBay!
Play Sports With Friends
Activities or sports with friends always makes them more fun. You get a good bit of friendly competition, plus you can see the people that matter to you as well, so you kill two birds with one stone. Forget the night at the cinema or at the bar, round up a group and play some basketball, football, hockey or cricket together. You could even go rock climbing or paintballing- not the typical sporting activities you might first think of but are loads of fun and will have you working hard.
Make exercise fun and you will keep the weight off and stay healthy and toned. It will never feel like you’re having to use every last ounce of motivation you have and instead you will have a blast.