5 Ways to Make Exercise More Enjoyable
Move - Article 05
We know how important exercise is and yet many of us still don’t do it. However, this is not necessarily surprising.
One of the most common reasons people don’t exercise regularly is that they simply do not enjoy it. Just because exercise is good for us doesn’t mean it has to be dull or boring!
Next time you’re in an exercise flump, why not try one of our top 5 ways to make exercise more exciting and enjoyable:
1. Use music
Exercising to music has many benefits. Not only will it boost your output and keep you motivated but it will boost your overall mood too. This, coupled with the endorphins naturally released after exercise, means you’ll be leaving your workout feeling really good. Time to make that playlist!
2. Partner up
Your workout buddy will help make exercising more enjoyable and even more effective. Whether it’s the introduction of some friendly competition or the extra work-out of belly laughing between exercises, your training partner will help to get the most out of your sessions. They’ll also make sure your form is good and you don’t give up too soon. Socialising is a proven mood booster too so why not schedule an exercise session with a friend soon.
3. Mix it up
Variety is the spice of life. It’s a good idea to spice up your approach to exercise and try new things in order to keep it exciting. There are always new fads and trends in the fitness world but something as simple as a change of scenery for your jog can reinvigorate your routine. Lifting lighter weights for more reps or using less conventional items to add resistance, like half-full water bottles, can challenge us and prevent us from getting bored with a program. By keeping your body guessing you’ll develop a greater mind-muscle connection and improve your brain health, as well as reduce your risk of injury by activating more muscles.
4. Get outdoors
Being in green space has been shown to release endorphins, improve self-esteem, and reduce depression by up to 40%, as well as decreasing feelings of anger and tension. Handily, being outdoors also provides the perfect excuse to exercise!
Hills offer a healthy challenge to your normal walking routine and you could even task yourself with performing a simple exercise each time you pass a certain type of tree.
Don’t let the cold weather put you off either. Colder temperatures cause your blood vessels and arteries to narrow and your heart and lungs have to work harder. This helps to develop the muscles’ aerobic function.
5. Sign up for a class
Classes are a brilliant way to get the most out of your daily exercise. The sense of community increases feelings of confidence and accountability and you’ll be more motivated too. An instructor can give you all the encouragement and guidance you need and you’ll leave the class on a high knowing that you pushed yourself and rose to the challenge.