Every year we make the same New Year’s resolution: go to the gym more, be active, lose weight, etc. By February, we lose the drive that we initially had – and who could blame us? It’s almost impossible to get excited about waking up early and doing dull workouts.
Yet there are fitness fanatics that cannot go a day without working out. When someone genuinely enjoys exercising, they look forward to sweating and pushing themselves to the limit. What is their secret?
Find A Passion
Being active isn’t limited to the treadmill or weightlifting. There are plenty of activities that are as intense as a gym session – except more enjoyable. Think of sports, dance, or outdoor activities such as swimming or hiking. If anyone is unsure where to look, here are some ideas to get started:
- Martial arts
- Join a Rec league
If classes are outside of the budget, consider other active and productive activities such as gardening and walking a dog. If there is a part of the daily routine to go somewhere close, forgo the car and take a stroll instead. The important part is to keep the heart rate up and stay active.
Try Something New
If someone doesn’t know what they are passionate about, they can burn just as many calories exploring different activities out there. By making a list of workouts to try, not only will they take an active role in their physical health, it is the chance to try things they have always been putting off.
Explore classes nearby for experimental free lessons to try before registering. Who knows, if it sticks, the thing they have been curious about can evolve into a lifelong hobby.
Pair Up With Someone
As humans, we thrive on social interactions and camaraderie. It is scientifically proven that people are less likely to drop out of their goals if they have a workout buddy or team to hold each other accountable.
If a hired professional is needed, never underestimate the value of a personal trainer. They’re like a work buddy, except with plenty of experience, advice, and tough love. Not only are they someone that holds up accountable, but they also help us achieve our fitness goals.
Multitask With Other Activities
A recent poll showed that 60% of adults who watch TV on demand binge-watch at least once a week. The average length of an episode can range from 20 to 40 minutes – the same duration as a home workout. See what we are getting at here? Not having time is no longer an excuse if we pair up exercises with our everyday activities.
Working Out Doesn’t Have To Be Work
When picking out the go-to workout, it has to be narrowed down to three important factors: it has to be active, it shouldn’t feel like a workout, and it needs to be within the set budget. Whatever new activity we choose, it has to be something we enjoy so much that we can’t wait to get out of bed to do it.
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