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Make Your Workouts More Enjoyable

Posted on 6/5/2012 by Sarah Dussault // Filed in Community, Fitness, lifestyle leaders, reshape, SnackJoy, Snacks // Leave a Comment


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“Twenty seconds to go! Dig deep. This is the last interval,” my instructor demands. As my mountain climber slows into more of a mountain marcher, my legs feel like jell-o and my breathing is rapid. This is when it counts. This is when we hate to exercise. Learning a few tips to making working out more enjoyable is the key to turning it into a reliable and healthy habit.

Bring a Friend
Finding the motivation to do an intense workout like this on your own is challenging. Studies have shown that when people work out in groups, they tend to participate longer. Inviting friends or guests to join you increase the chances of having a good time and the likelihood you’ll go back again. Taking a class with others will not only push you past your limit but may also put a smile or two on your face while working out. After a long workout, make sure you enjoy a healthy snack together – try a Mini Babybel with some fresh fruit!

Find a Great Fitness Instructor
The best teachers typically have packed studios. If you see a crowded group exercise class at your gym, check to see who is teaching and plan to attend the next time he or she teaches. My favorite instructors never fail to give me at least one belly laugh per session. Becoming a group exercise class regular will have you feeling guilty when you miss a session. Accountability is one of the most powerful tools when it comes to forming a new habit and relationships with your instructors strengthen that motive.

Add Exercise to Your Favorite Activities
While many experts believe it takes 30 days to form a habit, some say it only takes 10 days. However if you don’t enjoy what you are doing, it will never become part of your routine. You need to find something you love whether it’s Zumba, spinning or running with a buddy!

Still looking for an activity you love? Right now, jot down at least 10 things that make you happy. Next, look at what you wrote down and see if you can find a way to incorporate fitness. If you enjoy hanging out with your friends or volunteering, you could ask a group of friends to sign up for a 6-week boot camp series or look up a charity like Back On My Feet that helps the homeless while incorporating running!

If you’d like to try something new and are competitive by nature, try CrossFit. Not only do you keep track of your own progress, but you also pair up with other participants to compete against each other in teams. This type of workout has CrossFitters addicted to their daily WODs. WOD stands for workout of the day and is the official term used by all CrossFit gyms. The rise in popularity during its first 10 years of existence has CrossFit’s growth on par with the first decade of Starbucks.

CrossFit is also unique from other gyms in that where you workout is the team you are a part of. The gym makes you feel like you belong and encourages your progress and individual growth. Not only will you want to see your teammates, but you’ll also be eager to beat your previous time when it comes repeating previous workouts!

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