How to Love Exercising: Tips to Make it a Lifestyle

As a kid, I loved climbing around the playground, swimming, and running outdoors with my friends. This energy was eventually channeled into middle school, high school and college sports and it helped me learn how to love exercising. Consequently, I was fit for a good portion of my life. Exercising never seemed like a chore to me because I associated it with fun and it was something I liked doing. It never actually occurred to me that there are people out there, who hate most forms of physical activity.

This is why exercising can seem like a chore or check box on the to-do list. Daily exercise should be a long-term goal, and in order for long-term goals to be sustainable, we should be doing activities we know we enjoy and are capable of executing. No one likes doing an activity they hate. Even if they’re forced to do it, deep down they won’t be happy and will not be able to sustain the activity. 

What’s the solution? 

Make exercise into something YOU want to do. Ditch the influencers that you’re constantly copying and explore what works for you!

Tips on how to love exercising:

1. Start with the  “something is better than nothing” principle

This principle is effective early on in your fitness journey. Oftentimes we think we have to go straight to the gym and get a membership in order to be fit. There are a variety of options out there and starting small is better than not starting at all. Trial and error will be your best friend at this stage since you’re not really sure what form of physical activity interests you. The whole point is to pick something that involves physical activity and get into the habit of doing it.

2. Do something you genuinely enjoy

After exploring the wide world of fitness, you’re bound to find something that interests you and that you’re particularly good at. Usually, the activities that you genuinely enjoy stick with you for a long time and become a part of who you are. When you identify yourself with that activity, it’s a lot easier to get up in the morning because you’re excited. Being excited helps a lot but remember that discipline should be your key driver every day.

3. Join  team sports or have a workout buddy 

Playing a team sport is not the only option out there but it is a good way to socialize and have fun. There’s just something about teamwork and cooperation that makes team sports more fulfilling than usual workouts. Not only do you get the exercise you need in a day but you also get to hang out with awesome people at the same time!

4. Don’t cut corners

Exercising doesn’t have to be limited to a certain time or space. Intentionally choosing to take the stairs or walking the longer route is an easy way to incorporate steps for the day. My mom loves doing this whenever we’re driving home. She’d ask to be dropped off a certain distance from the house so that she could walk the rest of the way home. If that option scares you, you can always incorporate exercise into your everyday chores. Sweeping, mopping, cleaning the kitchen and doing other chores can be great ways to get active. You can even be creative and work out while watching TV. It’s all in your power to choose.

5. Surround yourself with active people

There’s not much to say about this tip. People usually do the same activities as the people they hang around. And If you’re with fitness freaks, chances are, you’d be dragged to join them to the gym. If you’re around couch potatoes, you’d likely become one too. The people you hang around have a heavy influence on the decisions and choices you make every day.

6. Don’t make a rigid schedule if you can’t keep it

Social media has bombarded us with 5 am morning workout routines that like to keep things structured to the dot. I personally think that this method works for people who have already built up that discipline and determination to stay on track. However, if you’re just starting out and exploring the world of fitness, I recommend that you don’t set yourself up for failure. Having a strict workout routine can get repetitive and boring especially if you are doing something you don’t like.

Since this article is about falling in love with exercise, I’d say it’s best to start off associating exercise with pleasure. Don’t get me wrong, there will definitely be days that you don’t want to work out. What I am trying to go for here, is to remove the negative connotation that the term usually carries. So start off exercising for fun because it makes you feel good, strong, powerful and happy. Once you get into the groove of things, you can start setting attainable goals and disciplining yourself.

7. Choose the time you’re most energetic

Everyone has a different schedule. Most of the time, people fit in their workouts when it’s most convenient. If you have the liberty of time, my tip is to choose a time of day when you’re most energetic. I like to work out during golden hour because my mind links that time of day to “play time” when I was a kid. It’s like my body knows it’s time to do something fun. I enjoy my workouts a lot more during that time than early morning. However, that doesn’t mean that’s the only time I work out. I just enjoy it more that way.

8. Invest in quality workout clothes you’ll like

Let’s be honest. We feel a lot better when we’re wearing clothes that feel right. When we’re working out, it’s important to feel comfortable in the clothes we’re wearing so we can maximize the exercises. Investing in the right workout clothes shows commitment and preparedness. It makes you feel put together and ready for your workout session.

9. Put on your workout clothes even if you’re not motivated

There will definitely be days when you don’t want to move a muscle. A great hack is to just wear your workout clothes and you would already be accomplishing the first step. That reduces the number of excuses you have built up in your head.

10. Listen to music that gets you moving

This one is a no-brainer. Music speaks to us in so many ways. Listening to the right upbeat music will help get you moving in no time.

I am sure that at least one of these tips will help you with your fitness journey!  
There are so many benefits to exercising that you’ll start to crave it.

As time goes by, you’ll find yourself exercising when you’re feeling anxious or stressed out. Exercising can eventually become a way of coping with your feelings. Rather than thinking of it as a chore that you hate, turn it into something that can physically and mentally benefit you.  Over time, you will gradually learn to appreciate it and love it! 

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