If you count yourself among the 37% of people in the UK who fail to work out, you might want to reconsider. The very thought of working out can be discouraging, especially when you hate the gym. For others, it may be due to a busy lifestyle. However, there are some tricks you can employ to help you enjoy an exercise routine. It has worked for others and can work for you, too, if you’re determined to see through with it. Here are some ideas to try and turn your workouts into a regular habit.
Convince yourself to take a 10-minute walk daily.
Walking can be an excellent way to start if you despise getting onto the treadmill or going to the local gym. First, you must convince yourself to leave home for only a few minutes and try to do a ten-minute brisk walk around the neighbourhood before returning home. When your ten minutes are up, the main thing to look for is to check how you feel.
Usually, after an intense exercise, the body releases dopamine, otherwise known as the feel-good hormone. If you find yourself in a good or lighter mood, you probably have dopamine surging through your body. Due to the addictive nature of dopamine, you will have the urge to take another walk the next day. Before you know it, that ten-minute walk will become a routine you look forward to. Admittedly, you may be unable to do it all seven days a week. However, getting at least three days of brisk walking can do a lot of good for your body.
Experiment with new fitness routines if you never have
This sounds more like challenging yourself after getting used to your existing routine. At some point, the ten-minute walks may become too dull. When you start to feel this boredom, it may be time to switch things up. You can begin by experimenting with new fitness routines you have never tried out before. The excitement of doing something new can act as the fuel or drive to see through.
A new fitness routine may be skipping rope in the backyard, trying Pilates, or even yoga. Some training centres offer incentives like yoga trial sessions you may want to take advantage of. Some are online sessions, which makes them even more convenient and alluring. Remember that you’re only experimenting with these new routines to help generate interest. Once you get the hang of it, you may want to intersperse it with your walking. You will have two workouts at this stage that benefit your body and overall well-being.
Work out with friends.
There is nothing more fun than working out as a group of friends. Sometimes, all you need is the motivation to get on your feet. The external support you receive from friends can be all the motivation you require. To get it to work, you need to plan how to get things going as a group. For instance, prepare to work out on specific days and hours that don’t conflict with anyone’s schedule.
Working out can be fun, and finding what works for you might take some time. But you will also need some self-discipline to reap the benefits.