Have a Happy Workout
Many people do not like to exercise. Even though the benefits are many, the required labor and discipline discourage quite a few. Happy workout is irrational word play for the fitness impaired. Read: Is Exercise More Important Than Diet?
I used to judge the most fit among us with a mix of envy and disdain. I wondered how it was these people managed to consistently return to the gym or jogging path day after day.
I will say that I am better about exercising than I used to be. The key for me is to be consistent although not regimental. I keep a flexible but consistent schedule. While I am not one of the exercise happy just yet, I am moving closer. I enjoy working out for the most part and usually look forward to it.
As such that I am not among those fortunate people who bask in their own sweat, here are a few tips that have helped me to have a more happy workout. Take it from someone who’s been there: These few simple tips really work!
Habits of a Happy Workout
If you want to have a happy workout, there are a few things you can do. The first suggestion is so academic that I was blindsided by the simplicity of it. If you want a more happy workout then only do workouts you enjoy. Start with what you like or with what interests you. If you choose routines that are not satisfying, you’ll make excuses to not do them.
Exercising with a friend is useful. People are less likely to skip a workout if someone else is involved, and the camaraderie is enjoyable. If you doubt that a friend might want to join you, try asking. You might be surprised!
Exercise outside whenever you can. The great outdoors, sunshine, and warm air are all pleasant. You should use them whenever possible. Biking, jogging, canoeing and kayaking are all on the menu. One of my favorite outdoor activities is rowing. Read: Exercising After Bariatric Surgery
In addition, a 2011 study found that sweating outside was associated with an energy boost, increased engagement in the activity, and a better mental attitude.
It is easier to maintain a routine if it is flexible. Instead of having a rigid schedule, plan to exercise a minimum number of days per week with no set days. If you do not always meet your goal, don’t beat yourself up. View it as a missed day and get back on track. Read: Staying Fit When Life Gets in the Way
Finally, don’t get caught up in how much weight you would like to lose. Exercise has other benefits you can focus on in the short term, such as reducing stress and promoting a feeling of well-being. If you continue to exercise, weight loss will come.
Living larger than ever,
My Bariatric Life