You probably know that getting in your daily exercise is a good thing. Exercise not only lowers the chance you’ll get heart disease. It also prevents some cancers, reduces your osteoporosis risk, prevents diabetes, helps with your sleep and your lung and muscle function. Studies also show that exercise helps release endorphins. Endorphins help our bodies fight stress. Not only can working out help you feel good. It can qualify as a fun activity.
If you don’t believe that exercise can be fun, you wouldn’t be the only person to think this thought. The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition states that only five percent of American adults perform at least half an hour of physical activity on a daily basis. Experts say that we should do at least half an hour of cardio five times a week, plus two days of strength training in the same week. However, only one-third of American adults do this weekly. But working out doesn’t have to be another task on your chore wheel. Here are five ways you can make your workouts fun.
Pump Up The Jams
People who walk, run, or lift weights can use music to not improve their performance but make the work easier. For example, your music’s beat can affect how you perform your workout. The tempo of the songs that you listen to while you exercise should reflect the type of workout you’re doing. You can use Google to look up the beats per minute for any song. When picking exercise songs, look for the following speeds:
- 100 to 110 beats per minutes for warm-ups
- 110 to 120 beats per minute for strength exercises
- A minimum of 120 beats per minute for endurance, strength and agility exercises
- 100 beats per minute for stretching
You already know that going for a jog on the beach is way more fun than driving to your gym and jogging on a treadmill. But even research says that working out outdoors decreases tension, depression, and anger, as well as increasing your energy. But you don’t have to climb all the way up Mount Everest to get the benefits of outdoor exercise. Hiking for one hour on your local trail will burn over 500 calories, and an outdoor jog in the morning will help you burn almost 800 calories.
Cheer Yourself On Your Path To Fitness
Leave yourself encouraging notes and place yourself among inspiring acquaintances and friends to bring some intensity to your workouts. According to some recent research, athletes give a better performance and take longer to get tired when they see happy faces as opposed to sad or angry ones.
Partner Up On The Journey To Health
When you buddy up with a significant other or a friend, it can give your workouts a much-needed boost. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, participants were up to five times more likely to exercise on a regular basis if their significant other was a frequent exerciser. But if you don’t have a significant other, or if the one you do have is a couch potato, enlist a friend to go with you to the gym to make your workouts more fun. Another study showed that friends can also help you stick with your health and fitness goals.
The reason why buddying up for your health is such a good idea is that we are by nature social beings. This fact in part explains why group fitness classes are still so popular, why small group training has almost doubled since 2007, and why one-on-one personal training packages have flatlined in that same period. When you have a support system, you have collaboration, camaraderie, and accountability.
The Power of Competition
No one likes to lose, no matter what is at stake. Research even shows that by giving you an opportunity to win something, whether it’s the satisfaction of meeting a personal goal, or beating your workout partner in the number of reps that you do in a workout, you might view the exercise routine as more enjoyable and productive. There’s also the fact that when you set a personal best in your workouts, that turns into an excellent motivator that will keep you coming back day after day.
You and your friends can find plenty of ways to make your workouts more fun. This article gave you five of them. If you do nothing else but one or two of the suggestions on this list, you and your workout buddies will soon find that it becomes easier to get to the gym and get on that treadmill, walk on that hiking trail, or swim in the gym’s pool.by