6 Ways to Actually Enjoy Working Out
Here are 6 tips on how to actually enjoy working out, so you can look forward to your workouts instead of counting down the minutes for them to be over.
1. Find a workout that makes you feel fantastic
Making it to the gym every now and then is doable, but when you feel comfortable and confident while you exercise, you’ll find it’s easier to consistently move your body. That's why it's important to find a workout that is ‘fun’ for you so you’re more excited and motivated to do it! There are endless options when it comes to different workouts and activities, so if you haven’t found your groove yet—something you find relatively fun—keep dabbling.
Here are a few simple steps you can take to help you enjoy your workouts:
- Recruit a friend to come workout with you
- Try a new workout class or a workout within the Snap App.
- Ask if you’re motivated by new things or the comfort of routine, then try leaning into that mindset for the next month
- Use your workout time to listen to new music or catch up on podcasts.
- Invest in new workout gear that makes you happy to put on
- Pick one add-on for your workouts to make them extra special. Think of things like ordering a specialty smoothie, taking the scenic route home, taking a recovery bath, jamming out to a pump-up song, or enjoying a massage chair!
2. Change your beliefs about working out
Ditch your negative workout thoughts and keep them gone by replacing them with positive associations. Instead of thinking you have to go for a run, make it to that workout class, or get up early to exercise before work, remind yourself why you want to do something.
By simply changing the phrasing of have to want, you are shifting your entire outlook on exercise. Tell yourself you want to run for that runner’s high you get mid-run, you want to make that workout class because you’ll feel stronger after, and you want to get up early to exercise so you can feel energized for the day ahead
3. Listen to a ‘pump-up’ playlist
If you’ve ever struggled through a silent workout because you forgot your headphones—or felt a burst of energy when that certain song came on—you know that, when it comes to working out, music is crucial!
Listening to music while exercising can improve your mood and make it seem easier. One study even suggested that it may help people who don't exercise regularly to work harder.
If you need more inspo for a pump-up playlist while you move, check out our Spotify.
4. Consider your WHY
Remembering why you work out can help you enjoy it more. It could be for the mood-lifting feeling you get after, because you value your health, or because it decreases your anxiety. Having a ‘why’ helps put more meaning behind your movement and can help provide you with more motivation to stay consistent.
Fun idea: write your personal why down on a post-it note and put it somewhere where you’ll catch a glimpse of it each day, perhaps the top of the coffee maker or fridge.
5. Focus on how you feel after
Okay, so it may be hard to love the feeling of doing pushups or holding a plank when your muscles are trembling but focusing on how you feel after a workout can be more motivating. Before exercising, visualize how good you’ll feel physically and mentally when you complete your workout, this will help you power through those challenging moments and make them seem more manageable!
You don’t have to push every workout to the limit to generate some good feelings, so don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Studies have shown that even an 8-minute walk releases feel-good endorphins, and can even improve creativity, as well as blood flow to your brain.
6. Set an exciting goal
Setting small, more achievable fitness goals can provide a faster sense of accomplishment and self-confidence. A small goal could be, drinking 8 glasses of water a day or moving for 20 minutes a day.
However, there’s still a place for larger, long-term goals as well. Working towards a larger goal like a 5K, marathon or other competition can be an exciting way to show yourself what you're capable of.
Fitness goals hold you accountable and expand your definition of what is possible. If you’re working towards a goal like your first 5K race, you’ll have more fun training if you know it’s leading you towards something exciting.
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