How to Learn to Love Exercise?
Why do we need to learn to love exercise? There are hundreds of replies to this question. Of them I like to mention here. Exercise boosts your muscle strength and raises your endurance. It supplies oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and allows your cardiovascular system to work more effectively. And when your heart and lung health improve, you have more energy to deal with daily burdens. Plus, exercising increases brain chemicals associated with feeling happy and confident. We feel less stress and even less physical pain. I hope I have answered your question. Let’s move toward the main topic i.e. How to learn to love exercise.
Ten proven Steps to Learn to Love Exercise:
Exercise can be a chore if you can’t find any personal reason to exercise. Suppose you don’t have the motivation to do it. Then how did you learn to love exercise? Well, it’s all about you. You should earn to understand your issues.
- If you hate to sweat, invest in comfortable and moisture-wicking clothes.
- If you have an introverted kind of personality and don’t want to join a gym, you can work out in the comfort of your own home.
- Suppose you have a problem with breathing. Take it slow. Cardiovascular changes take time, but consistent light workouts make it easier and more rewarding for you.
Once you make up your mind, reserve time for exercise from your busy schedule.
2) Make time for exercise with a busy schedule
People consider exercise, a free time activity, and no one has free time anymore. Reserve 30 minutes at least three times a week. If 30 minutes seems unrealistic, start with 10 minutes. Don’t allow yourself to use that time for anything else. Please take it as a doctor’s prescription.
With a settled mind and time, move toward the primary step. How to find a physical activity that you may like and enjoy?
3) Find a fitness activity that you love
Give yourself patience and kindness in finding your exercise, but get impatient in trying activities so that you can find the right one for you.
- Make a list of all the possible activities you think you might enjoy.
- Make it your goal to try at least one new workout every week for one month.
- Don’t feel pressured to like whatever you try right away. Your purpose right now is to explore and find what you think you might want to try again.
- If you dislike something, cross it off the list. If something seems interesting, circle a date on your calendar next week to try it again.
- Give three sessions to one set of workouts to determine whether they have the potential to affect your mood and body positively. If the answer is yes, continue with that workout.
4) Work out the activity schedule
A good aim is to exercise 5 times weekly for at least 30 minutes. However, most people need to start progressively. Start by exercising 2 or 3 times a week for 20 minutes. Once you feel comfortable, slowly increase the amount of time and the number of days you exercise a week.
Keep the spirit of adventure alive, as exercise can get dull sometimes, no matter how much you like it!
5) Take breaks
You can take a few days breaks from exercising every six to eight weeks. The pauses allow your mind and body to adapt to the previous weeks of training. You can include very low-intensity activities like long walks to keep the habit going.
6) Find an exercise buddy
Find a workout buddy by asking your friends, family, or colleagues if they want to partner up with you to exercise. You can also mention it in a social media post. You might be surprised by how many people respond!
7) Or work with a personal trainer
If you want some guidance or are unsure where to start, consider working with a personal trainer. They may offer free sessions upon sign-up, guide you with proper forms and fitness goals, and serve as an accountability partner.
8) Don’t compare yourself with others
No doubt, healthy competition is a good thing that keeps you running and motivated. But many women use comparison to depress themselves. Negative self-talk can make any experience a negative nightmare. So if you are a type of negative communicator, stop right now. It can hurt your mental as well as physical health. Change the gym and the company of negative people right away. Being positive makes you physically healthy and emotionally intelligent.
9) Have fun when you workout
If you are still unable to learn to love the exercise regardless, you are following all the above steps. Ok. It’s time to spice up your workouts by making them more fun. Leave behind the traditional activities like cardio and weight lifting, and try out kickboxing. If this does not appeal to you, try dancing, yoga, karate, or climbing. There are tons of fun exercises to choose from. Every activity has an element of fun and physical development; it won’t feel like work. Give them a try.
10) Think about the benefits of exercise
Still, you don’t like the idea of loving exercise. Hmm!! Chances are, you’re hiding behind your excuses. Please, think about the benefits of exercise. It’s better to write them on paper and review them daily.
Dear reader, no one is twisting your arms. Living a sedentary life, shortly and directly, leads to a slow, painful death. And it’s an aging fact.
Nobody says you have to be an athlete or look like a model. Your body needs exercise to increase your natural immunity to diseases. You need to exercise to make the aging process less painful. Otherwise, joint stiffness and muscle atrophy will halt your movements over time. So think about it, start listing your interests and get comfortable with the idea of exercising before it’s too late!
The content of this blog post is not aimed at substituting for professional medical advice or treatment. It’s always appreciated to contact your healthcare provider before starting, shifting, or halting any health treatment.