Fitness is one of my passions, but I recognise that it’s not as fun for everyone else. Some people struggle to enjoy themselves, no matter what they do. If you feel like you’ve never liked any kind of exercise, it’s never too late to try again. Many people who hate sports at school find a new enthusiasm for keeping fit as adults. I didn’t particularly enjoy school sports myself. There are lots of excellent things you can do to get fit that aren’t utterly soul-sucking. Making fitness fun might not be as difficult as you think it is. You can even convince yourself that you’re not really exercising! Here are my top things to do to make fitness fun.
1. Run Towards a Reward
I recently saw a pretty cool thing that some running clubs are starting to do. There’s one in London that runs towards a restaurant or somewhere else they can have a meal. And not a healthy green smoothie and fruit salad meal, either. When you get to the end of the run, everyone can have a burger and chips. Of course, if you’re trying to lose weight, this may not be the best strategy. But it’s still great if fitness is your goal.
2. Fitness Holidays
If you think you need a kick up the bum, going away from home might be the thing for you. It will get you out of your routine so you can restart your body and brain. You can go on boot camps all over the world, both in the UK and abroad. Surely it’s much easier to get fit if you’re doing it in a beautifully sunny country? You could be working out during the day and lounging by a pool in Spain in the evening. Find out more info by researching boot camps and health retreats. It’s like a holiday and a fitness boost all in one.
3. Find Your Thing
Some people don’t like fitness because they just haven’t found what they like yet. So what if you don’t enjoy running, cycling or weight lifting? There are hundreds of things you can try, both at home and elsewhere. You could get a trampoline and bounce along to your favourite tunes. You could go to a dance class or learn to rock climb. If you don’t like football or netball, why don’t you try handball or kabaddi? There are so many things out there for you to try.
4. Do Everything To Music
If you want to push your way through a fitness routine you don’t really enjoy, get your favourite music out. Choose something that will get you pumped up and push you to keep going. Promise yourself you won’t stop until the end of a playlist or album. Or if you would rather watch TV, don’t get off your exercise bike until you’ve watched an episode or two. At best it will motivate you, and at the very least it will distract you.
Working out doesn’t have to be a miserable experience. If you’re willing to experiment, you’ll find what’s right for you!