It’s time to start using activewear for what it was apparently intended for. No more lounging around, pretending I’ve been to the gym. Here’s my top tips on beating the misery that is working out.
The last few months of the year are always a struggle where staying healthy is concerned. Weeks of eating and drinking to excess have probably taken their toll on your body and now that the new year is here, you’ve decided that it’s time to get in shape. You can do all of the usual stuff like cutting back on alcohol, swapping out unhealthy snacks for better alternatives, and just generally eating less.
But there will come a time when you finally have to admit to yourself that if you really want to get in shape, you’re going to have to do some exercise. You’ve put it off for as long as possible because, let’s face it, exercising is boring. Some people absolutely love hitting the gym every day but for the rest of us, working out is such a chore. But it doesn’t have to be. Before you start wasting money on a gym membership that you’re never going to use, try some of these fun alternatives instead.
One of the worst things about the gym is being stuck inside a dull building with nothing to do but exercise. There’s nothing to take your mind off how much your legs hurt after just two minutes of running and the uninviting atmosphere isn’t going to have you rushing back anytime soon. Cycling is the perfect antidote to that. Instead of a boring gym, make the great outdoors your workout spot. It’s a great way to explore the surrounding area and take in some nice views while you get some good exercise. Just remember to take out some insurance so you can get cycle accident compensation if you injure yourself. Cycling doesn’t have to be high intensity exercise if you don’t want it to be. Start off with short rides and work up to something bigger. You can also incorporate it into your daily routine by cycling instead of driving or taking the bus. That way you can exercise without having to put aside extra time in your day.
Find A Sport
Running on a treadmill for an hour is mind numbingly boring and every second feels like a year. But if you’re playing a sport that you enjoy, that time will fly by and it won’t feel like such an effort. There are all sorts of sports out there and most people played one when they were younger. If you can think of any that you used to enjoy, look to see if there are any local teams. You don’t have to take it too seriously and most teams are happy for you to just join their training sessions once a week if you don’t want to play in any matches.
Find A Workout Buddy
Misery loves company, and that’s never been truer than when working out. Motivation is one of the hardest things about trying to stay healthy. If you’ve got somebody else with you, it’s nowhere near as boring. You’ll also find it a lot harder to make excuses if you’ve got somebody else relying on you. It’s easy to just stay at home and not do anything but if you’re letting somebody down, you won’t do it. Having somebody else that will judge you and make you feel bad for not working out makes it a lot easier to find the motivation to get up and do it.
Set A Goal
Exercising for the sake of it makes it difficult to keep going, so you should set a goal. Don’t bother setting a weight goal or anything like that, it won’t work if you aren’t bothered about exercising. It’s better to sign up for a 10K run or something like that. Once you’ve committed to it, you’ve got no option but to get in shape for it. If you do it for charity and take donations, you’ve literally got no way out and you’ll have to force yourself to exercise.
Incorporate It Into Everyday Things
If you’re still not convinced and you just don’t have the time for all this exercise stuff, try to incorporate it into your everyday movements. Simple things like taking the stairs instead of the lift, and taking them two at a time, help you to get a little exercise throughout the day. As a general rule, you should always walk somewhere if you can, you don’t need to break a sweat to do yourself some good.
If the idea of going to the gym to do a workout horrifies you, try some of these simple alternatives instead.