I think Fitness should be fun! So many Fitness Pro’s will hate me for saying this, but I honestly think Fitness should be fun. There I said it. Let me explain more into my theory.
When I meet people looking to change something about themselves, be it lose weight, get control, or just be healthier in general, I like to quiz them further on where they are at right now. More often than not, they aren’t exercising as much as they want to be. Why not? There’s a number of reasons I hear, but THE MOST heard answers are all about being bored, and not enjoying the workouts. Some of my clients in fact hated working out before.
Think about it, how long do you think you would continue to do something you hate? Not very long, if you are anything like me. Life’s too short for that. But as you know, to get any results worth while, you have to be consistent with your plan.
It just makes sense to make your exercise plan more fun. The more fun you have, the harder you work, and the more likely you are to fit it into your daily life. You are also likely to make some new friends, be more sociable, and do it for longer as you’re enjoying it so much.
You may technically burn more calories doing the ‘other’ workouts, the ones you hate, but if you never do them, that’s a zero calorie burn.
Unless you are seriously committed to exercise, I suggest making your workouts as Fun as you possibly can. Easier said than done, maybe, let me help you.
So the question is this: How would you make your workouts more Fun?
Start by listing the things you hate doing. Don’t hold back. If you don’t like running, why are you forcing yourself to run every day? If you hate the gym, why are you wasting your money on something you never use? List everything that annoys you about working out.
Now, ask yourself, if you could do something different every time you workout, what would it be? What do you love doing? What have you always wanted to try? Have you seen something that looks amazing and you want to give it a go.
Let’s list a few things I encourage my clients to look into:
Rugby, Football, Ultimate frisbee, dancing, salsa, walking, pilates, Barre, kick boxing, rowing, kayaking, aerobics, netball, cycling, hill climbing, open air swimming, surfing, yoga, boot camp.
The options are endless! So now, over to you. What makes you laugh? You may have played this in school, or uni, if you have, there will be a club for you, at the right times. If not, start one! Use social media, or use Meet up to start a community. It’s really fun.
In my experience as a trainer, I have helped coach hundreds of people into better shape, from full time mums, to celebs, the one thing each success story has in common is that they loved the programme they were on. I helped them of course, but it was mainly them doing the things they love.
When you workout, you eat better, when you eat better, you have more energy to workout. You become happier because you are in better shape, and you are more outgoing because of that. There really isn’t a downside to making your fitness plan fun.
This entire principle was behind the boot camps we run. Yes the sessions are hard, yes we push you, but they are fun to be in, with a cool group of people. If you want to trial a session, you can do that here.
I would love to hear what you are doing to keep things fun, if you need any help, get in touch and I will see what I can do.
For now, don’t be so serious, go and have some fun!
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