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Exercise Doesn't Mean You Have to Be Miserable

Exercise Doesn’t Mean You Have to Be Miserable

If you’ve ever participated in a sport, gone hiking or spent the day at the pool swimming, you know exercise doesn’t mean you have to be miserable. It means getting your body moving and active. You can do that at the gym and insure all body parts get a good workout, but you also can do it with an activity that you really love. One of the biggest benefits of a program of regular exercising is that it prepares your body for an active lifestyle. It helps get you into shape so you can enjoy life to the fullest.

Boot camps and group workouts are fun!

Sure, working out, particularly when you’re doing a program created by a personal trainer that’s meant to challenge you, is hard. You sometimes have to push yourself to make that stop where you’re working out. However, if you’re in a group program, the comradery is amazing and that give immediate reward and makes it fun. If you’re just starting a program of regular exercise, get a workout buddy or go to a boot camp or group session created by a personal trainer. You’ll find it’s more fun when you share the experience.

Keep your eye on the prize.

Just like any goal, getting there can be half the fun if you track your progress. That’s extremely important when it comes to fitness goals. If you’re extremely out of shape, seeing small improvements and reaching mini goals can boost your morale to help you stick with the program so you can achieve the bigger goals. For instance, even if your goal is weight loss, if you note how much your strength and endurance has improved, it can be a small victory that keeps you going to shed those extra pounds.

Alternate days at the gym with active play.

Do you love tennis or enjoy dancing? Spend one day at the gym focusing on the basics and take a dance class the next day. Have an early morning brisk walk with your soul mate on the day you’re not going to the gym. Talk to your personal trainer about the activities you’re doing on your day off so he or she can coordinate your workout to help you achieve maximum results. Remember, you still need to let your body rest, so letting the trainer know your outside activities will help create a better program. Signs of overtraining include getting sick easily, chronic exhaustion, depression, a feeling of heaviness, irritability, excessive soreness for long periods of time and insomnia.

  • Try something new, such as kettlebells or even jumping on a Pogo stick.
  • Cheer yourself on to victory. Get a victory phrase to mental or verbally repeat while you workout. It takes your focus away from the workout and brings it to the victory you want to achieve.
  • Go to the park and be a kid again. Swing on the swings, Hula Hoop, workout on the jungle gym or push the merry-go-round. It can be fun to relive the adventures of your youth.
  • Add extra movements to workout as you clean or do other tasks. Squats while brushing your teeth, rapid power cleaning and dancing through dusting can get you moving and help you get tasks completed faster.