I used to hate exercising. I was one of those people that openly disclaimed how little I enjoyed working out, the gym and pretty much sweating in general. If you are in that some boat, here are a few tips to help you enjoy working out.
1. NO SCALE ZONE!
Scales are the worst way to track progress. Yes, you may have weight loss goals but it’s important that this isn’t your main motivation to workout. For two reasons: when you focus on weight alone as a reason to exercise, it’s a very negative motivation and makes it feel like something you “have” to do rather than “want” to do. Then if the scale doesn’t move, you lose the motivation even more and give up completely. When you stop focusing on your weight as a reason to exercise, it stops making exercise feel like a chore. Instead, focus on all the other benefits exercise gives you, liked increased energy, better sleep, improved immunity, longevity and just an overall feeling of improved health and vitality. If you really want to track progress focus on taking progress pictures and measurements.
2. Don’t over complicate things.
If you don’t do any exercise at all, then trying to do everything at first can be extremely overwhelming. If you are completely new or getting back into after a break, ease yourself back into an exercise routine. Start with something small that you can achieve, until you feel comfortable in pushing yourself. Start with evening walks or try out a few workout videos at home to get back in the swing of things
3. Don’t over do it.
It is great to have a consistent exercise habit, you don’t want to overdo it. When your exercise completely takes over the rest of your life, then it becomes a chore and you will not enjoy it. I always say find a healthy balance between keeping fit and healthy, whilst also still enjoying all the other things you love in life. Being fit and healthy does not mean working out hours every day. Rest is equally important to any one of your other scheduled training days.
4. Keep it fresh
It can be very easy to get bored with exercise if you are doing the same thing day in and day out. This is why my Custom Training clients receive new workout blocks weekly to change things up. Try out a new workout class. If you normally workout indoors, go to a local park and do you workout there. A change of scenery may be just the thing to jump start your routine.
5. Set goals and reward yourself
Sit down and write out your fitness goals, then break them down into smaller tangible tasks. Make sure you review your goals on a regular basis and have a system of giving yourself a reward each time you complete a step that is taking you closer to your goals. For example, if a step is going to the gym 4 days a week, for a whole month and you do that, then treat yourself to something you will enjoy. It doesn’t need to cost anything too. It could simply be giving yourself a facial at home, or a manicure. If you are feeling a splurge-- make it a new workout outfit. Cute workout gear is a great motivator. This reward should not be food related.
6. Get professional help
If you are trying to develop your own exercise program or are just simply going from what you have read here and there in fitness magazines or online, it can feel very overwhelming. So much so you don’t know where to start and it just becomes another stress in your life. Exercise is a set of skills that takes time, effort and knowledge to learn. To take the stress out of it for you, it can be great to get yourself a PT or even get an online program, where everything is outlined on what and how to do everything. No more guess work, no more stress and you can just focus on what you enjoy.
7. Find a workout buddy
Working out with a friend can definitely make it extremely enjoyable. It also helps with accountability and motivation when you are first starting out. Find a friend who has similar health and fitness goals as you and pair up. Commit to meeting a few times per week for workouts or whatever your schedule allows. Your buddy doesn't even have to be local. You can hod each other accountable via email, text or calls.