One Easy Trick To Maintaining An Exercise Routine
We all have those days when we wake up and want nothing to do with exercise. It takes time out of the day and it would be much easier if we just skipped it altogether. Thoughts like these are normal and it’s even not the end of the world if we listen to our bodies and take a rest when it’s needed.
The bigger problem is when it becomes harder and harder to find the enjoyment in working out. When more days than not we end up with thoughts of dread and look for excuses to squirm out of that exercise commitment, it is time to reevaluate our perspective on fitness.
The National Academy of Sports Medicine has a lot of guidelines on many things, but one of the most important concepts to me is their FITTE principle. FITTE is an acronym for five different variables to take into consideration when designing the cardio portion of a fitness regimen:
All of the variables are important, but the one that is often overlooked is Enjoyment.
In this model, enjoyment refers to how much you like doing the actual exercise. The more that you like doing whatever is getting that heart rate up, the more inclined you will be to continue it. A lot of people wind up forcing themselves to complete a workout that they absolutely hate because a) they think that is what they are supposed to do or b) they don’t take the time to think about alternatives.
I have tried a LOT of different exercises that get my heart rate up and by doing that I have learned what I truly enjoy doing and am willing to make time in my day for and what I am not. I respond best to high intensity workouts, strength training, and running. I am not a fan of spinning or yoga and if those were my only two options then I would definitely not enjoy the time I spend working out.
Finding out what you enjoy doing for exercise can be a trial and error process. Be open to different types of workouts because you never know which types you may find the most enjoyable. If your friend invites you to do something you’ve never done before, take her up on it because it may just be a type of exercise you love! If not, you know that you can cross it off your list. If you live in a city that has ClassPass then you have a wide variety of different workouts to choose from to help you figure out what you like. To learn more or sign up, click here! (affiliate)
Take the time to really think about what drives YOU and makes you feel accomplished in the end. The more often you do that activity, the less likely you will be to wake up dreading it.
To help you think outside the box, here are some exercise ideas to consider:
- group sports (soccer, softball, etc)
- strength training
- spinning (or just riding a bike around)
- kayaking/stand up paddleboarding
- bodyweight workouts at home
- exercise DVDs
- playing with kids
- dancing (zumba, take a dance class)
- martial arts
- rock climbing
- Have you found a workout you really love?
- What other suggestions can go on the list?