Are you struggling to get to the gym regularly? We’ve all been there. It can be challenging to get up and move when motivation is nonexistent. If you’re wishing you knew how to enjoy working out rather than forcing yourself to do it, try these tips to make exercise feel like a hobby!
No matter what you’re doing, changing your mindset can work wonders for your motivation. To start, try replacing your negative feelings toward exercise with more empowering ideas.
Tricking your brain is a great way to start looking forward to working out. For instance, you might plan to watch a TV show or listen to a specific audiobook only when you are working out. Wanting to find out what happens next in the storyline can help get you excited about going to the gym.
If you want to like working out, it helps if you start with an exercise you enjoy. Reflect on times when you enjoyed physical activity. Was it playing softball in the park with your friends? Taking a jog in nature? Practicing your child’s cheerleading routine with them? Working out can be anything that gets your heart rate and adrenaline pumping, so look for ways to get active during your favorite activities.
Convincing yourself you don’t have enough time is the easiest way to talk yourself out of exercising. One effective way to combat this idea is by intentionally blocking out a time in your daily schedule to get moving.
Do you get more done in the mornings or evenings? Schedule your exercise hobby when you feel the most motivated and stick with it. Eventually, you’ll associate this time of day with working out and it will become a habit.
If nothing feels motivating enough to get you moving at home, a gym membership is perfect for holding yourself accountable. Knowing you are paying for a membership and not using it can feel wasteful, so get the most bang for your buck and go as much as possible! A gym gives you access to professional resources like free weights, machines and a wide variety of cardio equipment.
Even better, you’ll be able to work with fitness professionals who can help you stay motivated and take advantage of group exercise classes. Bring a friend and keep each other accountable.
As you probably already know, working out comes with many health benefits. And with the right approach, exercise makes a great hobby too! At 5 Bridges Health & Fitness, we have the most up-to-date exercise equipment and regular classes to help you get into a routine.
Discover how much you can enjoy working out when you start a membership with us today!