A common joke among my friends and I is our hatred for running. We can’t even run a mile without wanting to pass out, and that’s when it’s below 70 F. This is how a lot of people feel about working out. No matter what workout they do, they seem to hate it because they feel like dying. First off- a workout should not feel like that. Your workout should be your stress reliever, your kickstart to the day, your free time, your WHATEVER. A workout should not resemble death.
I feel that one of the reasons American’s struggle with weight issues is that we only promote the idea of working out, when really we should focus on enjoying them. When I first started working out daily, I didn’t really like it. I admit, that’s probably because I wake up at 4:10 every school morning to squeeze it in, so my hatred was coming from tiredness. As I started to learn more about working out, I learned there is a life outside of the treadmill. Through this, I discovered a joy for strength training. Here are some of my other tips on how to enjoy your workout.
1.) GO OUTSIDE!
I CANNOT stress this enough. I workout in a gym everyday, so when I find time to workout outside, I take advantage. Usually this is running (I said I hated running, but I mean, when it’s so nice out, I can’t help it) a local trail or doing a HIIT workout on my lawn. Whatever it may be, getting outside not only frees you for a period of time, but it also calms you. Your senses will awaken and by the time your workouts over, you will feel calmer and more ready to take on the day.
2.) Try something new
I used to hate weight lifting, mostly because I didn’t have the strength for it. I sucked it up for a few weeks, and discovered how much I like it! I do it as my main workout, and I’ve noticed a ton of positive results in muscle growth that I wouldn’t have gotten from the treadmill. Moral of the story: stray away from routine, even if you think you hate the other option. You will surprise yourself, believe me!
3.) Watch your favorite TV show / listen to your favorite playlist / podcast
I’m very blessed to have a place to workout in my home, as well as a TV I can turn out to preoccupy myself. While I workout, I ALWAYS watch SportsCenter, NFL Network, or if it’s on TV at the time, Big Brother. I’m a creature of habit, but my time to workout is the one time I have to watch TV. I find that through watching things that please me, like sports, my workouts are more enjoyable and I look forward to doing them. If you don’t have the option of a TV, try podcasts! They’re like TV, but without the video. I personally love podcasts and listen to them everyday while getting ready and driving.
These are some of my favorite podcasts! (Note- Bill Don’t Lie does not exist anymore, but Bill Simmons does have a new podcast that I listen to daily!)
4.) Workout with a friend
Having someone to motivate you is so beneficial. If you’re taking a class, then you can bond over the memories created. If it’s running on a local trail, you can take some cute instagram photos 😉 If it’s weight lifting at your local YMCA, then you can both make funny squat noises together! The point is that having a friend makes the workout go by quickly, and you create memories along the way!
5.) Reward yourself!
We all know the feeling of accomplishment after a tough workout. After you workout, give yourself a pat on the back for your hard work! You deserve the praise, and everyday you’re making progress. Eat good, nourishing food to refuel and relax your muscles by stretching. Your body will thank you later 😉
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