Overall, exercise is one of the most beneficial things we can do for our mental and physical well-being. Making it fun is the key to success. Here are a few steps you can take to put the feel-good factor back into your exercise regime.
A jog through the countryside, woodland or a park will always be more enjoyable than pounding away on a treadmill in a gym, no matter what the weather. Exercising outdoors reduces feelings of anger, tension and depression. It increases your level of engagement, helping you to feel more energised and fulfilled by your experience. Try hiking, climbing, cycling, running, or any other outdoor activity to get you motivated.
Almost all exercise can benefit from being done to music. Music helps to lift your spirits and coordinate your workouts. Strenuous activity can appear easier when you are performing to a steady tempo or beat, with a faster track helping you to perform your exercise more quickly, and a slower tempo proving effective for slower endurance activities such as lifting weights.
Working out with a friend or partner helps us to feel motivated and stick to a programme. You are more likely to turn up to a workout if someone is expecting you, and you are more likely to enjoy it if you have someone to talk to and socialise with. Small group training is a great way to enjoy exercise once again.
Give yourself small goals. Encourage yourself and surround yourself with people who help inspire and encourage you to intensify your workouts. Happy, positive people are more likely to push themselves harder than unhappy ones.