We all have a basic understanding that exercise is really great for our health and wellness. Regularly working out can strengthen your heart and lungs, improve circulation, reduce the risk of various serious diseases, help burn fat, and improve mood—and that’s just for starters.
However, if you’ve been to the gym more than once in your life, you’ve probably had the mind-numbing sensation of jogging in place on the treadmill as pangs of extreme boredom wash over you. Still, you want that toned physique, so you keep on grinding without even thinking about the different kinds of fun workouts you could be doing instead.
Fortunately, there’s no rule that says getting fit has to be dull. So, if you’ve fallen into a boring pattern with your routine, here are a few fitness tips for making your workouts fun again.
Join a Regular Training Group
When training becomes a social activity, it’s often a much better experience for all involved, especially for people with more outgoing personalities.
A regular training group can take many forms, ranging from a casual group of friends who coordinate through social apps and hit the gym together, to a structured fitness class, or maybe a community-focused gym with a specialization, such as barre or kickboxing. Some perks to being part of a group are the motivation and encouragement you can get from each other and the ability to share fitness tips.
There are also plenty of groups that organize regular runs ranging anywhere from a 5K to a half-marathon and beyond, usually with the added bonus of diverse scenery along the course. By doing your cardio in the great outdoors and making some friends along the way, you’re not likely to feel like you shortchanged yourself out of a Saturday afternoon.
Train for a Particular Event
If you’re training for your health and to look your best, you may occasionally struggle with motivation. Many people become discouraged when results seem slow to appear.
Signing up for a particular fitness-related event in the future, such as a 5K or a multi-obstacle mud run, can be a great solution to this issue. As the date looms on your calendar, you’ll be that much more motivated not to slack off—as you know you’ll pay for it on the day of the event.
Training for an event can be immensely fun, too, as you benchmark your performance and treat your steady improvement and conditioning as a game in itself. You can sign up for whichever type of event seems most fun for you. The commitment itself will hold you accountable.
Try out a Martial Art
If you ever felt worried about how you may fend off a mugger or an attacker, you may want to consider that martial arts classes can be fun workouts, too. From karate to jiu-jitsu, taekwondo, krav maga, and so many others, these forms of training are a great way to get a good workout in a social environment and hone a new skill.
Depending on the type of martial art you choose, you’ll get the benefits of a structured training environment with incentives and clear signs of progress, plus a personal boost to your confidence and self-defense skills. Turning up to each training session won’t just be an aimless chore, it will be part of your quest to earn your next belt. When you really get into the zone, you’re going to be focusing so much on your technique that you’ll barely notice how much your heart is pounding.
Get Involved in Team Sports
If you can find a good amateur sports team or meetup group in your area for your age and experience level, getting involved in team sports can be another great way of having fun and getting fit at the same time.
All forms of team sports build camaraderie and help you to indulge your competitive side a little. Not only will you get to experience the sheer thrill of the game, but most team sports are also a great way of getting your heart rate up, too, and helping you burn some fat.
Don’t Let Stubborn Areas Steal Your Joy
Maybe you still have a patch of stubborn fat that just doesn’t seem to want to budge, though, which can also take a lot of the fun out of working out. If you’re looking to target your abs, back, thighs, or love handles, you may want to try the SculpSure® treatment, which can permanently reduce the number of fat cells in targeted areas in about twenty-five minutes per treated area.
Don’t waste another second on boring routines: fun and fitness really can coexist. So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and do something fun.