We know not all people share the same enthusiasm as we do about fitness and exercise here at NordicTrackCoupons, some even being on the opposite end of that spectrum to go as far as actually hating and despising exercise.
While exercising may not be something everyone looks forward, as we mentioned in yesterday’s post, it is certainly something that no one can afford to skip out on. So although we may not ever be able to convince you fitness can actually be fun, hopefully we can help you at least not dread the daily event.
LiveFitnessNow.com shares some tips to help you learn to love (or at least not hate) working out, you can check out the full article here. We thought we’d share a few of our favorites to help our readers jump on that fitness bandwagon!
Make A Goal. Creating a goal for yourself helps you to have something to work towards. Whether it be to get in so many of minutes of workouts a day/week, lose so many pounds this month, increase your speed or endurance; whatever your goal may be just make sure to keep it realistic and achievable. As this article, How to Learn to Love Exercise, states, “By meeting these small goals, and mastering them, you are setting up a pattern of positive reinforcement. This will help motivate you, and will help keep negativity at bay.”
Track Your Progress. When you first start any fitness program, be sure to calculate your current level of fitness by writing down your weight and other measurements. Once you start your exercises be sure to keep track of what and how much you are doing during each session. As we’ve stated before in a previous post, Track Your Workouts, “keeping track of your workouts is a very effective way of tracking your progress. This can result to also motivate you to continue to improve.” It’s a great way to help keep you on track, and keep you honest, to help you achieve your goals.
Schedule Your Workout. If you schedule your workout into your day, and make it mentally as important part of your day as a work meeting, which we all know we’d never actually skip that. Make it habit to work out every day, aim for the same time if possible, but try for at least some physical activity every day. Even if on your rest days you simple take a stroll around the neighborhood, something that gets you up and moving.
Get Support. Ask a friend to join your daily workouts, or take a fitness class with you, and be sure to hold one another accountable. People are more likely to follow through with a workout and not skip when someone else is going to be relying on them to be there. There are also tons of forums and communities online you can join who are also trying to learn to love fitness that you can complain and share stories with. When you feel you’re not alone, and you have others looking for inspiration from you, it makes you not want to let them down.
You may not hate all exercises, you may just find that you’re doing the wrong exercises. Instead find something you love to do and incorporate fitness into that. An article on HealthyHomosapien.com, which you can find here, suggests changing up your workout and equipment to find something that fits your personality and interests to help you find fun in fitness.
Now while we may never convince you to love to exercise, hopefully these tips and advice will help you to not dread exercising. Once you start incorporating daily fitness into your life you’ll soon see the positive benefits, both physically and mentally. You’ll start feeling better, looking better, having more energy, and feel overall happier. With these benefits you’ll soon learn to love the effects that exercising can bring, even if you don’t ever learn to love the exercises themselves.