Is staying in shape always something that gets
bumped to the bottom of your list? Most people
complain about not having enough time to exercise.
The real problem is that they hate exercising,
so it will never be a priority. Learning how to
make exercise part of you life and recreation
is the key to reversing this pattern.
10 Tips to Make Exercise Something you Actually
Want To Do:
- Make it a Habit - Remove
the thinking element. If you can make exercise
a habit, then it becomes that much easier to
go. Here's some tips on making habits stick
if you aren't sure where to start.
- Get a Partner - Get someone
else to go to the gym with you. Pick someone
who is committed to their health. Not only can
you socialize with someone while you're there,
but you'll have a backup in case your motivation
alone isn't enough to drag yourself out there.
- Set Goals - Not weight-loss
or muscle gain goals, but fitness goals. Set
goals to beat your past records in distance
ran, push-ups or chin-ups you can do, weight
you can lift or degree you can stretch. Fitness
goals make the gym a game where you strive to
beat your previous high-score. But if you set
too high a goal and it will be overwhelming,
and if you don't challenge yourself, you will
never see gains.
- Get Past Your Comfort Zone
- So what if you aren't the most svelte or muscular
person in the gym? Self-consciousness can be
a big obstacle to enjoying your workout. The
key is to get used to it. When you continue
to show up, you'll pay less attention to the
people around you and more to your workout.
- Short Workouts - Don't have
time or enthusiasm to last an hour? Just go
for twenty or thirty minutes. Shorter workouts
can be better than longer ones if the intensity
is higher and you become more focused as a result.
After an hour or two of exercise your body starts
to go into a state where more exercise can actually
reduce physical improvements.
- Daily Challenges - Make
your workout into a game. Sticking with the
same type of exercises can get boring, so mix
it up by introducing an unusual workout
challenge. If you aren't sure where to get ideas,
look through a magazine like Mens Fitness which
usually features a variety of different workouts.
Add music to the mix...this can dramatically
enhance your mental focus during exercise.
- Reward Showing Up, Not Weight Loss
- Some people have gotten the idea
that they should reward themselves for losing
weight or gaining muscle. Instead, you should
reward showing up to the gym and exercising
regularly. There are many ways you can lose
or gain weight in unhealthy fashions. Rewarding
exercise is rewarding your commitment to health.
- Make Exercise Your Stress Relief
- Many people swear by using the gym
to relieve stress. Some of them will head to
the gym because of a frustrating day even if
it isn't on their schedule. Exercising can be
cathartic and release negative feelings if you
get used to using it that way. Then instead
of avoiding the gym because of a stressful day,
it will be your reason to go.
- Record Improvements - Record
your fitness over your body improvements. Recording
weight loss or muscle gain is a good idea, but
because of the way your metabolism functions
it becomes increasingly harder to make weight
changes as you go to the gym more regularly.
But fitness improvements can, if you work on
it, continue to rise. Keep a record of your
strength, endurance and flexibility so you can
get pride in your accomplishments.
- Make Time - You can't say
you don't have time to exercise. Exercise improves
your energy levels and mood which makes you
more productive than any time lost. Find your
forty minutes somewhere in the day and make
it a commitment. Get up a bit earlier and go
in the morning. Or schedule it right after work
before you settle down for the day. Once you
make time and make it a habit, you'll actually
want to exercise instead of just feeling you