Sunday, August 13, 2017

Ways to Make Exercise Fun #2

Are you intimidated by exercise? You know it's good for you but you can't seem to find time for exercise? Like most activities, exercise gets easier with practice. And you are more likely to stick with something that you enjoy. Make it fun! Today I share five more ways to have fun while working out.

Take classes
Exercising with others is motivating. A new study suggests that any activity which involves moving and socializing helps maintain brain health, too. Check on my blog post from June 10, 2016 for more on how exercising with a group can motivate you.

Buddy Up
No classes near you? Find a workout partner. You'll encourage each other and keep each other accountable. You won't skip a workout if it means letting your buddy down.

Switch Things Up
Do different types of exercise - cardiovascular, strength, flexibility and balance - not only to avoid boredom but to improve overall fitness. Balance training helps prevent falls as you get older. Flexibility helps you nail tougher strength exercises. Strength makes fitness functional.

Switch Up the Format
In addition to the types of exercise, I also like to switch up group classes, buddy workouts and solo exercise. The variety keeps me engaged and motivated as well as giving me time for quiet & reflection.

Set a Goal
Register to run a 5K. Promise to dance at a friend's wedding. Schedule a cycling vacation. Once you have a goal in mind, design a fitness program to help you reach your goal. If you're not sure of which steps to take, ask your trainer for a plan.

Stay Active, Keep Moving and
Enjoy Your Food

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