So…working out. As the name suggests, it’s WORK!
And while I’m no stranger to work and believe that in order to see results in weight loss some work has to be done, I’m not a fan of working out in the traditional sense. And by traditional I mean workouts that feel more like a chore or punishment.
Exercise should be about feeling empowered, not something that we subject ourselves to as a punishment for eating.
Most of the time, exercising is about losing weight, the number on the scale and/or looking fit. You’re not thinking about what makes you happy. You work out because you HAVE TO.
But I’m suggesting that you change your motivation, so instead of working out in the traditional sense, do things that you enjoy. Let’s take the work out of working out – use exercise as a way to relieve stress, gain mental clarity and experience joy because ultimately you’ll be more motivated to “work out” of you’re enjoying it. It won’t be something you dread.
So how do you do that – take the work out of working out?
1. Choose Activities That You Enjoy!
Like tennis? Join a local tennis club. Love basketball? Find a pick-up game. Enjoy dancing? Take a dance class. Do what you love.
2. Get Out of The Gym.
There are plenty of workouts that you can do outside of the gym. No need to subject yourself to running on the treadmill like a hamster on a wheel if it doesn’t light you up. Go for a hike, ride your bike or exercise in the park using just your body weight.
3. Try New Things.
Stepping outside of your comfort zone may be a little challenging at first, but trying new things opens you up to a world of opportunity and adventure. Besides, you’ll never really know if you like something until you try it!
4. Make Happiness Your Motivation.
It’s easy to get so caught up in how you look, the number on the scale and your dress size that exercising becomes just another thing that you have to do, something to cross off of your to-do list. But if it’s something that brings you pleasure, you’re more likely to keep doing it, the time will pass faster and your workout will actually feel easier. Also, if you enjoy what you’re doing, your body is more relaxed which can make it easier to release weight (if that’s your end goal).
You’re still moving your body which is awesome (and necessary), the only difference is you let go of the negative connotation of working out and create an enjoyable experience.