Not everyone loves getting pumped at the local gym. And, in fact, not everyone likes working out -some people would rather stick pins in their eyes. If that sounds familiar, however, you have something of a problem on your hands.
We all know that a good amount of exercise is vital when it comes to leading a healthy lifestyle, and if you aren’t doing anything to raise your heart rate, you are dicing with an early death.
The big question is if you hate working out, what can you do to get fit? We’ve put together a few ideas for you to try out – read on to find out more and let us know what you think!
Try team sports
OK, so you hate working out – it’s understandable. Going to the gym or working out at home isn’t the most exciting activity you can do, particularly when you are doing the same exercises time after time. There is a solution, though, in the form of team sports. Do you like football, rugby, or hockey? If so, why not look for a team in your local area? It’s a great way to get fit, and it won’t feel like you are working out even though you are doing cardio, strengthening, plyometrics and a whole lot more besides. Plus, you get all the benefits of the camaraderie of the team sport. It’s a fun environment that also has a competitive edge, that will help you push yourself to your limits every match and training session.
There are plenty of single sports that you can try, too. Tennis or squash are great examples of games that improve your cardiovascular system and help you get super fit. And there’s boxing and martial arts to try, too – which can be fantastic ways of getting super fit in double quick time. As long as you commit to your chosen activity two or three times a week, it can be an incredible – and fun – way to get the fittest you have ever been.
It’s no surprise that many people struggle with jogging workouts. They can be long and drawn out, and it’s easy to get bored with your surroundings if you are doing the same old routes every day. The solution is to get a bike. Cycling can take you much further than you can run, and it’s possible to bike through cities, forests, major roads and almost every other landscape you can think of. Make sure that you choose a bike that is suitable for the environment, however, and don’t forget to look for cycle insurance to ensure you have some cover in the event of a bike theft. You can get the whole family involved, too – a simple extension on the back of your bike is all you need to carry little ones, while older kids will enjoy heading out on their own.
Don’t forget, walking is an excellent way to get your body pumping, and it’s a lot more efficient than most people think. As long as you walk for around a half hour a day, making sure your pace is raising your heart rate, you will get plenty of fitness benefits. So, think about walking to the shops instead of driving. Try walking on the school run, too. And if you use public transport to get to work, why not get off a few stops earlier on your journeys out and back home?
Of course, part of the reason why so many people hate working out is that the process takes far too long. Spending an hour at the gym with, maybe, a half hour travel there and back, as well as the time it takes to get showered – it all adds up. And the truth is that not many people have the time to spare to fit in so much time on a daily basis. With this in mind, why not look around for some high-intensity exercises you can do at home? This type of workout typically lasts for 25-30 minutes at most, but still, gives you an incredible workout that will make a difference to your overall fitness.
Finally, why not start seeing exercise as more of a treat than a horrendous workout or a necessity? Fitness should be enjoyable, and you will get better results if you reframe your thoughts to be more positive about doing healthy activities. Perhaps you could use a good stomp in the woods as family time, for example, or see your participation in teams sports as playtime. Changing your mindset about exercise and working out can have a profound effect on your positivity – and your results.