A Few Strategies for Learning How to Enjoy Exercise
While some people adopt a “no pain no gain” attitude when it comes to exercising, others are a little less enthusiastic. Studies have shown that roughly 80% of Americans fail to follow the government guidelines when it comes to aerobic and strength training. Leaning to enjoy exercise can be a key to overcoming your lack of enthusiasm.
The stat above tells us that most folks aren’t excited about getting in shape, but a recent study out of Germany suggests that making a couple of simple changes can improve that feeling. During the study, a group of people of the same fitness level were asked to ride a stationary bike for a set amount of time. The people who thought of themselves as athletic enjoyed the study and needed to put in less effort.
The researchers concluded that personal expectations were the key, with those who believed in themselves performing better. With that in mind, just imagine how much easier it would be to stick to your fitness goals if you had that level of belief and you could actually enjoy exercise. We hope to show you how to build that self-belief.
Believe in Your Athletic Abilities
- Create a style of your own. We are all unique in that we like and excel at very different things. While some of us will love playing competitive sports, others might enjoy yoga or dancing. Find activities that you enjoy, and which bring a sense of accomplishment.
- Set goals and challenges. It’s altogether too easy to lose momentum if you're not constantly chasing goals. That said, keep your goals at a level that is manageable and sustainable.
- Set up a rewards system. One of the best ways to stay motivated and headed towards your goals is to reward yourself when you hit a major milestone. It doesn’t need to be anything huge or expensive and may be as simple as enjoying a spa day after reaching a goal.
- Create a team. Getting in shape can often feel like a solitary task, which is why it’s always a good idea to reach out for support. Join online fitness forums where you can post your progress and get feedback or ask a friend or family member to become an exercise buddy.
- Look for a role model. Whether it’s a friend or family member or an athlete or celebrity, look for someone whose qualities and achievements you admire. Find out what it is that makes them tick and look for common traits that you share.
- Stay positive. One of the best ways to do this is to repeat affirmations that highlight the progress you are making. Say them aloud in times when you feel stressed or demotivated.
Learn the Benefits of Physical Activity
- Research the subject. Both the internet and your local library are filled to brimming with resources that will help you learn more about the positive effects of exercise. You will find out that you will get stronger, have more energy, and reduce your risk of serious medical issues.
- Take some classes. There are sure to be all kinds of different classes and courses available to you. Try a rock climbing class, or maybe see if your community college has an anatomy class.
- Use a personal trainer. Visit your local gym and ask about using the services of a personal trainer. They can put together a personalized plan that will help you reach your fitness or weight loss goals.
- Consult with your physician. Talk to your doctor about any medical concerns that you may have. He or she can help you prioritize your fitness goals. Perhaps you might need to lower your blood pressure, or maybe you will get stronger by rehabbing a previous injury.
- Evaluate your progress. As you exercise, take note of the changes that you will begin to see in your life. Maybe you are more productive at work, perhaps you are sleeping better at night. These are all signs that your workouts are having a positive effect on your daily life.
- Listen to your body. You are going to love the benefits derived from exercise, so be sure to listen to your body and the positive vibes it is sending your way.
If You Enjoy Exercise The Habit Will Be Hard to Break
Once you develop the habit of exercising regularly, you will find that the excuses you made in the past will eventually disappear and you will have created a habit that will be hard to break. Maintaining a positive attitude and a list of attainable goals will have you feeling better in no time at all and you will find that you enjoy exercise like never before. Happy exercising!
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