5 Ways To Get Fit And Have Fun Doing It

July 29, 2010 · 4 comments

This is a guest post by Tory McBroom.

Working out is boring. And trying to cook “healthy” isn’t fun either.

We’ve all heard these excuses and are probably even guilty of using them once or twice (or more) as a way to get out of exercising and eating right.

The “getting fit isn’t fun” complaint is a popular one. It’s right up there with “I don’t have time”. But, this excuse doesn’t have to be true.

In fact, if those looking to get fit would spice up their workouts and make them fun, it would be a lot easier to stick with their exercise program for the long run.

That means not only losing the weight and improving their health, but most importantly keeping the weight off and living a healthy life.

So, disregard everything you think you know about exercise and how boring it is, and let’s look at a few ways we can spice up your workouts and make them fun again.

Pick An Activity

Instead of putting yourself through the same boring exercise routine day after day, pick a fun activity that yields the same results. There’s plenty of options like hiking, biking, nature walks, swimming or playing basketball, for example. If you don’t look at it as exercise, but rather a fun activity then you are more likely to stick with it.

Play Some Tunes

Listening to music is a great way to add a little entertainment value to your workout’s. A study in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness found that listening to music increased the comfort level of doing the exercise. It doesn’t matter what type of music it is just as long as it’s something you like.

Find A Friend

Exercising with a friend, family member or group can be a fun way to get fit. It also increases accountability, making it less likely that you will skip workouts because you don’t want to let the other person down. Find a friend or family member with similar goals in mind and make an oath to workout with each other. If you prefer groups then sign-up for a fitness class or join a mall walking club.

Choose The Right Intensity

Just because your workout DVD says you have to keep up an intense pace doesn’t mean it’s right for you. When starting out, exercise at a pace that you are comfortable with. Then slowly set goals to elevate that pace as you progress. You will find that your workouts are less emotionally stressful and you will be more apt to continue with your workout plan.

TV

The TV is typically thought of as one of the main reasons many American’s are overweight. And this can be true to an extent. But, watching television while working out at the gym can help keep you from staring at the clock and take your mind off the task at hand. Most gyms have at least one TV going at all times and some treadmills even have them built in. Try planning your workout around your favorite show and you’ll notice your workout is over before you know it.

Wii Fit by Nintendo is another popular way to use your TV to get healthy. This game allows you to take part in 40+ activities, set goals, etc and it’s perfect for both adults and children.

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Core Fitness: James Thompson July 29, 2010 at 6:26 pm

I am very guilty of watching TV while I run on the treadmill. That’s just about the only time I watch TV actually. It’s a healthy habit have.

James Mann July 30, 2010 at 11:31 am

I have tried to work out and can’t seem to make a routine of it but I do have a great wife that tries her best to cook healthy for the three of us. She says she wants to keep me a round for a bit longer, how sweet eh?

If I could figure out how to get fit while fishing I would be happy and probably rich as all my fishing buddies look like they could stand to lose a few extra pounds.

I walk 40 minutes a day but sometimes it’s just way too hot for me in the summer and certainly too cold for me most days during the winter. We are getting a treadmill this fall so that I can continue walking during the winter.

I take my camera with me and take pictures for my gardening blogs and I wear my MP3 player. If you are anywhere close you can hear me squawking before you ever see me.

Steve v4.9 July 30, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Good ideas. For me it was all about creating a habit: a short (30-40 minutes), sustainable workout six days a week. The seventh day has me “craving” the habit– making it easy to go back the next day.

Tee August 28, 2010 at 6:50 pm

I love the WII, my daughter has one, and she loves playing it. Its great because of the workout that you get with it. As far as working out, I am addicted…its like a drug. When you see the results, how can you stop? Health and fitness is not a momentary things, its a lifestyle. If its important to someone, they will make it happen, a habit. Great post

Tee
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