So many people hate exercise. They dread going to the gym. They despise staring at the wall as they hum along on the elliptical, suffer through the sweat of a long run, grimace through another round of weight lifting.
Exercise is supposed to be fun, people. Stop making it a chore and tweak something about it to make it enjoyable.
For me, the secret is magazines. I love all kinds – cooking, home, women’s, health, gossip. I have about 15 subscriptions and they are worth every penny to me because they are my gym entertainment. I love going for a silent run on a cool, crisp morning, but I also love the elliptical because I get to read about kitchen renovations, tasty autumn soups, innovative beauty products, new uses for old things, inner beauty. For me, magazines are the secret to making exercise fun.
For others it’s TV. If you’re lucky enough to have a gym with good TVs, time your visit so you’re there during your favorite show. I can’t list how many times I’ve done an extra 10 minutes on a machine just to finish a show or read the last 10 pages of a magazine.
Some love music. Exercise becomes your opportunity to zone out to songs that you never get to hear. They bring back memories of wild college parties or early romantic dates with your now-husband.
Another way I make exercise fun is by chatting with my mom. No, not at the gym, but sometimes I ask her if she wants to “go on a walk” with me. We call each other and an hour goes by and I don’t even realize I’m working up a sweat. Rather than lounging on the couch, go for a walk while you catch up with an old friend. (Headsets are invaluable for this).
I’ve even been known to walk around my neighborhood with a magazine or novel. There’s nothing like some good walking entertainment J
How much more fun is going for a run or attending a cycle class if you have a good friend to share it with?
Heck, even my Garmin serves as a companion as it spits out my pace and challenges me to run faster.
Exercise is all about attitude. If you have trouble appreciating it for its cleansing, heart-pumping, mind-clearing properties, by all means, make it fun with some entertainment!