Exercise used to be easy right? Think about it, you'd run around playing tag at recess, you'd ride your bike with your friends for hours. But for some reason, as we get older, exercise becomes one more thing to mark off the day's 'to do' list. But it doesn't have to be this way.
If you take the following advice
, you can endow your workouts with a sense of play making it more likely that you will not only stick with the routine but have a blast while doing it!
1. Go outside
Break free from the gym and get your sweat session on in the outdoors. This gives you the chance to change your environment which guarantees that no two workouts will be the same. Plus, when you're outside you are not limited by the equipment. "When you're outside, you're not locked in a linear plane. You can move laterally or go backwards and challenge your body in different ways," says Lacey Stone, a New York City-based trainer and founder of Lacey Stone Fitness.
2. Use your surroundings
Benches, bars, stairs -- all available to you for free! Do step ups going up the stairs and run down or find a bench and do dips or push ups, calf raises on curbs. Jungle gym? Time for pull ups. You're only limited by your own imagination!
3. Find friendly competition
Having a workout buddy can help keep you motivated as well as add an air of competition to your workout. The majority of us will push ourselves harder when competing against someone or working toward a prize. Set yourselves up with some friendly challenges. Race to the lamp post - winner gets bragging rights, loser does jumping jacks. Again, use your imagination.
4. Exercise outside the box
Doing the exact same workout over and over can lead to a plateau -- to say nothing about how boring it can be. Stay motivated by signing up for a new class or sports league. "You can go to surf camps, climb a volcano, take trapeze lessons. Doing something totally out of your comfort zone..." Stone says.
5. Get a mentor
Fitness instructors and trainers want to help you improve your 'game.' If you are short on cash, there are still plenty of options available to you. There are lots of workout applications and podcasts that can be downloaded onto your phone that act as a personal, portable trainer. If you're a member of a gym, there are lots of trainers around that will be happy to answer your questions. If you have an incredibly fit friend who inspires you, invite him/her to come work out with you (see #3).
Working out doesn't have to be a chore.
What do you do to keep your workouts enjoyable? Share your tips with us.