We live in a world where practically anything is possible, and where we can do what we want to make our lives better.Getting fit is one of the things we do to live our healthiest lives, although it stops being fun when sticking to a boring fitness routine.
If you are not excited about your fitness routine, it becomes difficult to keep up with the momentum, with time. As a result, you lose interest in the exercise and you begin to make excuses for your inconsistency.
5 Ways to Have Fun as You Get Fit
Transform your walk into an adventure
Going to the gym does not always have to be an option. While walking on a treadmill can get a good workout in, there is nothing fun about staring blankly at the wall for close to an hour or more.
A change of environment could meanthe difference between committing to fitness and being bored to the coreat the mere thought of it. Hitting the trails is a great way to burn your calories. For walking to be more interesting, you can choose to turn it into a hike and get the opportunity to explore the beauty of nature.
There are many interesting places to walk around the world, but you can start with the parks in your neighborhood. A great option would be walking through the botanical gardens in your area that are open to the public. The simple change of scenery can convert a mundane walk into an exciting adventure.
Similarly, changing gradients and elevations will work your cardiovascular muscles with the bonus of breathtaking sights and a feeling of triumph. Therefore, if you are thinking about taking walks in interesting places such as parks, do a background check and know what type of animals and creatures live there for your safety.
Engage your mind as you work out
Taking a walk in your neighborhood can get boring very quickly when there is no motivation to intensify your athletic performance. There are several things you could to pass time as you get fit.
You have probably gone to the gym with your headphones in the past and noticed how quickly time passes when you are working out to music. Other methods to engage your mind as you follow your fitness routine includes getting lost in a video series or an audiobook.
Besides, you wish you had more time to read some of the books sitting on your bookshelf or your bedside table. When working your body, you should consider working your grey matter too. Audiobooks are popular with people on long drives and flights, but they can be popular at the gym too.
Similarly, you can binge-watch whatever series you like, and before you know it you have spent your hours at the gym. Depending on the length of the content you are engaging your mind in, you could exceed your workout hours without realizing it.
Therefore, you will push through boring workout sessions and enjoy your workout routine more using such little yet worthwhile tricks.
Take your pet with you
There is a better way to work out for you and your pet. Your pet loves to exercise and combined, both of you can burn innumerable calories over time. Whether it is hiking, swimming or skijoring, your pet will make a great workout buddy.
Sitting around all day during winter or leaving your furry friend behind when doing your workout is not the best way to go about it. Moreover, no one enjoys being left behind when they can be included.
Because of gym restrictions you may not be allowed to take your pet to the gym, that is why most of those workouts need to happen outdoors. Also, training your pooch can help your dog focus on their workouts too. That’s because your pet will depend on you to keep him or her in shape.When taking your pet out for the first time, you can go for a short run to test how your pet is moving. Alternatively, you could go for a brisk walk or jog at a slower pace. Either way, you should not assume that your pet is ready for a marathon as soon as you ask him or her out for an evening run.
If you do not own a pet, you could volunteer walking your friend’s or neighbor’s pet, or volunteer to walk shelter dogs, giving them a chance to leave their cages and to have fun playing around.
Get a workout partner
Join a team sport or get yourself a workout partner for your fitness routine of choice. It is easy to get discouraged when weight does not come off even after spending weeks at the gym.
Quite frankly, it may even get harder to stick to your plan by week three. Having a fitness partner could just be the motivation you need to keep you going when it seems impossible to stick to your goals.
A gym partner offers company as well as the healthy competition that is necessary when you need to push through that extra squat or mile. Additionally, a workout buddy makes the experience fun even when you are sore and want to give up. Your gym partner will also be there to celebrate milestones with you and to give you positive feedback, motivation as well as constructive criticism.
Incorporate a game to get you walking
Gamifying your workout routine is a fresh way to motivate your fitness goals and to make your workout more effective at all levels.
To keep yourself interested in getting in shape, there are loads of apps you can use to transform your fitness routine. An app like Pokémon Go puts you in a race to catch Pokémon as you interact with virtual objects in the real world.
With gadgets and other apps such as ‘Geocaching,’ ‘Zombies, run!’ on hand, your workout routine can take on a whole new meaning. Getting fit does not have to be a mind-numbing exercise, and you can think of it in its entirety, as an emotional and physical well-being process that should be fun.