I believe the one of biggest obstacles that we need to overcome when it comes to health and weight loss is finding joy in exercise. For many, exercise is torturous, painful, tiring, and generally unpleasant. However, if we take time to really experience exercise, we will see that it is not as bad as we think it is. It can be just like any other activity or hobby that we enjoy. If you are struggling to enjoy your workouts, then here are eight ways to make exercise fun.
1. Pick an activity you enjoy
You might not like working out because you force yourself to do an activity you do not like. If this is the case, then you should think about what physical activity you enjoy the most. Do you like swimming, running, walking, or dancing? Don’t be afraid to try out different activities. Only by trial and error will you find the exercise that truly appeals to you. And once you find that, you will discover that exercise can indeed be fun.
2. Play games
Exercise can be fun if you think of it as a form of a game. The introduction of Wii fitness games has done a great service to many exercise newbies because it makes working out fun and interactive. You can also join learn a new sport or martial art if you are up for a challenging but fun workout.
3. Focus on the benefits
When we think of exercise, the things that come to our minds are its short term, negative effects. How about trying a different strategy? Try thinking of exercise in terms of the long term benefits: weight loss, fitness, better quality of life, improved health, and even new friendships. I think it is will be easier to love exercise if you look at it in a positive, rather than a negative, light.