Do you spend more time thinking of all the reasons why you can’t make it to the gym, than actually at the gym?
Do you look at other people around you and wonder “Are they really enjoying this?”
Here’s the truth…So much of actually getting into a good workout routine isn’t about willpower. To be honest, if you don’t like what your’e doing, you’re not going to do it.
Imagine if you didn’t have to feel like you were forcing yourself to workout, but rather that you wanted to get in a good sweat session.
Exercise shouldn’t just effect you on a physical level, but an emotional and mental one too. It shouldn’t only help you look good, but more than anything, it should make you feel good.
So how do you channel that feel good feeling so you’re more motivated to make exercise a part of your every day routine?
If you’re really want to start enjoying working out. If you want to feel good about the fact that you made it, that your’e in a good routine finally, then try some of the tips below to help make working out enjoyable.
If you like what you’re doing, chances are, you’re going to keep on doing it.
1. Shift your mindset
Ok, the first thing you have to do is change the way you’re thinking about exercise. If your’e constantly in the mindset of “I have to do it,” then you’re going to feel like it’s out of your control. There is a ton of negative energy and guilt associated with that mindset. I bet you can just feel yourself rolling your eyes and stomping your legs when you say that. Instead, shift your thinking to “I choose to do it.” This puts the ball in your court. It gives you the power again and will make you feel like you’re choosing to do good for your body, not being forced to. Simply changing the way you think about working out and how you phrase that thinking can be empowering. Don’t believe me? Next time you’re feeling resistant to going to the gym (or wherever your workout may be) try changing the way you think about it. Say it out loud if you have to. I bet you’ll be finding yourself walking out the door with your sneakers on, rather than sitting on your couch with them kicked off.
2. Do something you like doing
If you hate running, you’re not going to want to run. If you hate spinning, you’re not going to want to do spinning…incase you’re wondering, I hate spinning. Been there, done that, don’t like it. And that’s OK. You don’t have to like every type of exercise method out there. There are so many ways you can stay in shape and break a sweat. Just be willing to try new things instead of automatically saying you hate working out. I guarantee if you keep experimenting, you will find some form of exercise that feels good to you, excites you and makes you want to keep going back. There are constantly great deals on sites like ClassPass, GroupOn and LivingSocial that give you discounts to different classes, so you can get a taste of them without having to buy full memberships and break the bank. Many studios even offer discounted or free classes for first-timers. Also, check on MeetUp for free classes in your city. Going to different types of classes will also challenge you in new ways and keep you from getting bored of the same old routine. Try sports, different outdoor activities, boxing, spin, bootcamp, yoga, whatever your heart desires. Continue reading