You know how as a kid you never exercised, but you were always moving? Well, if all of us as adults could just MOVE more, we would never have to exercise as an activity in and of itself. But unfortunately as we become more and more tied to our calendars and schedules and less focused on FUN, all those appointments often don’t have a lot of natural movement in them. So in our busy and important lives as adults we do have to make time for exercise (our most important wonder drug), and make it a priority.
But that doesn’t mean exercise can’t be fun! In fact, most studies show that people are more likely to stick with an exercise program if they enjoy it! So think of the activities you like to do. Maybe you like turning on some loud music and pumping weights. Maybe you like to run. Maybe you like to ride a bicycle. Maybe you like team sports (whether it is table tennis or full-court!). Whatever it is, do it! And do it because you like to do it. If you feel like it’s work or boring, you are not likely to keep doing it (duh, right?!).
For some people exercise and activity has never been a part of their life so they automatically think that there is nothing they would like to do. For them, I would recommend starting small and trying just about everything until they find a few activities that they really like. As they progress in fitness, everything will be a little easier which makes it more fun!
For me, I like stuff that makes me smile -activities a kid would probably like. I like jumping on trampolines, hula hooping, dancing to music, jump rope, taking walks, throwing frisbees, bicycling, fun sporty games, explorations like hiking and caving and swimming. I know what I don’t like too: hard core competitions, contests, and races. So I don’t do those very often at all. But others really get a kick out of these things! Some like being alone, others like groups. In exercise, there is something for everyone! We were all made to move! So find what MOVES you!
What do you think? Is exercise just a chore for you, or do you enjoy it? Do you remember when exercise was just playtime? How would you incorporate fun into your workouts?