How To Have Fun While Exercising
Ughhhh. Have you ever just not felt like exercising? Yeah, me too. In fact, this used to be me all the time.
So if you're like how I used to be and exercising is chore and you view it as something that you have do in order to stay healthy, you've come to the right place. Because what I can tell you is with the right approach and outlook, it can be an enjoyable activity that you look forward to. Promise.
So without further ado, here are some tips on how to make exercise fun.
Tip 1: Make Exercise a Social Activity
This is my single biggest life hack. I could probably stop the article here, but I have to write more words. So let's dive in.
Exercising with friends or family can be a great way to make exercise fun. Doing something together builds relationships and motivates you to keep going even when it gets tough. Plus, you get to enjoy the benefits of socializing while staying active.
The easiest way to make exercise social is by creating an exercise goal on Elephants, then sharing an invitation to participate in your goal on other social media channels. Not only might you be surprised who wants to participate, but you have a chance to get fit and make a really good friend in the process. That's what we call a triple win. And actually, the benefits don't stop there. Because having a group of people to exercise with can help keep you accountable and motivated to reach your fitness goals. So actually, it's a quintuple win.
Other ideas include joining a local sports team or group fitness class. This can be a great way to meet new people and make new friends if you're not sure what you want to do.
Tip 2: Benefits of Enjoyable Exercise
Making exercise enjoyable has many benefits. It gives you something to look forward to, and you are more likely to stick with it if you enjoy it. Plus, while you're having fun, your body is getting the physical benefits that come with exercise.
Exercising can help reduce stress, improve your mood, and increase your energy levels. It can also help you sleep better, improve your overall health, and even help you lose weight. Additionally, exercising with friends or family can be a great way to bond and have fun together.
Tip 3: Find an Exercise You Enjoy
The first step to having fun while you exercise is to find something that you actually enjoy. This could be a sport like basketball or tennis, or a more low-key activity like walking or yoga. Whatever it is, make sure it engages your body and mind so that you don’t get bored.
If you’re having trouble finding an exercise that you enjoy, try experimenting with different activities. You may find that you enjoy something that you never thought you would. You can also try exercising with a friend or joining a group class to make it more fun. Finally, don’t forget to reward yourself for your efforts. A small treat after a workout can help motivate you to keep going.
Tip 4: The Power of Music in Exercise
Pump up the beats!
Music can be a great way to add fun to your exercise routine. Pick music that motivates you and gets your heart rate up. You can even create a playlist specifically for exercise and make a game of it – try to beat your best time each time you listen to it.
Music can also help you stay focused and motivated during your workout. Listening to upbeat music can help you stay energized and push yourself to work harder. Additionally, music can help you stay in the zone and block out distractions, allowing you to focus on your workout and get the most out of it.
Tip 5: Engage in Fun Competitions
Competitions can be a fun way to make exercise more enjoyable. You can challenge yourself to beat your own personal best or have a friendly competition with your friends and family (this is of course easy to track and manage with Elephants leaderboards and streaks feature). Even if the competition is just for bragging rights, it can add an element of fun.
You can also set goals to participate in organized competitions, such as 5K races or obstacle courses like Tough Mudder etc. These events can be a great way to challenge yourself and push your limits in the lead up to the event and in the event itself. Plus, you might even meet a new friend while participating. WHO KNOWS WHAT CAN HAPPEN?!
Take Advantage of Technology
Technology has made it easier than ever to have fun with exercise. There are countless fitness apps and smartwatches that offer rewards and provide detailed tracking of your progress. You can also use virtual reality technology to explore different environments and make your workouts more engaging.
In addition to tracking your progress, technology can also help you stay motivated. Many fitness apps offer challenges and rewards for reaching certain goals, and you can even connect with friends and family to compete against each other. You can also use technology to access online classes and tutorials, so you can learn new exercises and techniques to keep your workouts fresh and interesting.
Make it a Game with Rewards
Turning your exercise routine into a game can be fun and rewarding. You can set goals and give yourself rewards when you reach them, or make up games that involve doing certain exercises. This makes exercising more entertaining and helps to keep you motivated.
For example, you could create a game where you have to do a certain number of reps of an exercise before you can move on to the next one. You can also set a timer and challenge yourself to complete a certain number of reps in a certain amount of time. You can also make it a competition with friends or family members to see who can complete the most reps in the shortest amount of time. Rewards can be anything from a special treat to a day off from your exercise routine.
Step Outside Your Comfort Zone
If you’re feeling like your workouts are getting stale, try something new. Step outside your comfort zone and try something completely different. This could be anything from a martial arts class to a dance class – the possibilities are endless. It’s the perfect way to break up the monotony and add some fun to your exercise routine.
If you’re feeling really adventurous, you could even try something like rock climbing or skydiving. These activities are sure to get your heart racing and provide a unique challenge. Plus, you’ll get to experience something new and exciting. Whatever you choose, make sure to stay safe and have fun!
Mix it Up to Avoid Boredom
If you’re finding yourself getting bored with your exercise routine, mix it up! Try different activities, vary the duration and intensity of your workouts, or even change up the location. By changing things up, you can keep your workouts fresh and exciting.
Exercising doesn't have to be boring or tedious – with the right approach, it can be fun and rewarding. By following these tips, you can make exercise something that you look forward to and enjoy.
You can also add variety to your workouts by incorporating different types of equipment. For example, you can use weights, resistance bands, or even a jump rope to add a new challenge to your routine. Additionally, you can try different types of exercises, such as yoga, Pilates, or kickboxing, to keep your body guessing and your mind engaged.