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Exercise – do you enjoy it or dread it?

Does exercise have to be boring and painful? What are some easy ways to make exercise fun? Why is it a good idea to change your routine every now and then? These are a few questions that I will cover in this blog!

Physical activity and exercise can become boring if you do not make an effort to change things up from time to time. I am a creature of habit and love to do my usual workout routine, which used to consist of hour jog and an hour spin class. Since I fractured my tibia my routine has been out of whack, but as I get back into one I am making sure to mix things up.The key is to be sure the activities you choose are fun and challenging so that you will always look forward to performing them. For some people, this can be participating in group fitness classes, 1-on-1 with a personal trainer, running in a road race or competing in a triathlon.

Tips for making your physical activities fun:

1. Find a workout buddy. Accountability is key when you are trying to accomplish a goal. If you know someone is going to be waiting for you at 6am to go swimming, you will be less inclined to forgo exercising.

2. Don’t get discouraged. Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses, be positive about your own improvements and triumphs.

3. Don’t give up. Quitting is no fun, if you quit you can’t ever learn from the experience. If you fall down 7 times, you stand up 8!

4. Exercise during a comfortable time of day for you. My best time is first thing in the AM before my day gets started, while my boyfriend enjoys to exercise after work. Find your best time of day and schedule an appointment with yourself – this is non-negotiable!

5. Forget “no pain, no gain.” It is good to be uncomfortable, but it’s a total other beast to keep working out on an injury. YOU WILL MAKE IT WORSE, then not be able to work out for weeks or months and that is just no good! Listen to your body.

6. Choose fun activities. List 5 exercises that you always wanted to try, but haven’t. Now set up a plan to try those exercises. Use your resources and goggle to see who has those type of opportunities available for you to try! If you wanted to try hot yoga, Zumba, CrossFit, agility training or even pulling a car. There are places available for you to do these types of workouts! It just takes a little research.

7. Change your routine. If you have a daily running route, switch it up for some new scenery and add in some cross training exercises. Once a week doing something a little different, can keep you interested!

Please share other tips that you have to keep exercise fun! The more the merrier this holiday season =)

Hope you all are doing well.



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