Wednesday, July 6, 2011
5 Ways to Enjoy Exercise
The winner of four SPF 50 copies of It's No Secret is SueBE. Congrats! (and send me your addy)
When I asked y'all on July 4th to name something you'd change about the way you live your life, more than a couple of you said, "I'd learn to like exercise more."
I have a few suggestions to help you with that. But first, let me state for the record that I understand your plight. I'm not one to like exercise for exercise's sake. So here's what helps me.
1) DO WHAT MOVES YOU. Find a type of exercise you enjoy - or at least that you don't hate. Hate push ups, weight lifting and crunches, but like to dance? Forget Jillian Micheals and sign up for Zumba.
What did you used to love? Ice Skating? Riding your bike? Bowling? Badminton? Swimming? Try that again. Who says you can't do tap or gymnastics past age 21? I do. You can too. And try new things. Experiment boldly. You might discover you enjoy pilates or kickboxing, water aerobics or surfing. Many studios and gyms will let you take a trial class for free.
2) LISTEN TO THE MUSIC. Music is a main way I motivate myself to work out. I look forward to listening to music I love, and moving to the beat. If I put on my iPod I will work out harder and faster without feeling like I'm working any harder. Plus, I enjoy the time once I get going.
If you don't have an iPod or MP3 player, get one now. If the technology intimidates you, have a friend or teen help you learn to use it. And load it with fantastic fast music you love - great Christian music and favorite songs from the decade you came of age. Those songs will get you moving.
3) PAIR UP. A walk around the track or park goes much faster when chatting with a friend. Find someone at roughly your fitness level and make a pact to meet twice a week. Walk, jog, bike, rollerblade, hit a tennis ball. Or plan to take a fitness class together. Your friend not only serves as diversion from the exercise but also as an accountability partner.
Personal trainers work as well. You don't have to be buff or want to get buff to use a personal trainer. You do have to pay, though. Friends are free, and usually offer better conversation.
4) DISTRACT YOURSELF. While I tend to work out harder and faster with great music on, I work out longer without noticing if I watch TV while on my treadmill or on my gym's elliptical machines. My gym has TVs and I have one in front of my treadmill at home.
I also frequently read books, novels, magazines or the Bible while on a cardio machine. I can only go but so fast while reading, but I'm always amazed at how much time has passed when I look up. I've even taken my laptop to the treadmill to read blogs while walking. And I sometimes do my quiet time on my treadmill. Two birds, one stone.