Sometimes, you need to trick yourself into exercising. It’s not fun for everyone, and if you find it more of a chore than something to look forward to, you need to plan for that in order to stay healthy. Make fitness fun in one of these ways:
Walk everywhere. Most people are heavily reliant on their cars, but there’s no reason to drive every time you need to go somewhere. If you have a store or market that’s in your neighborhood, walk there when you need something. Walk your child to school instead of sitting in the carpool line. Park far away from the entrance to the mall or shopping center so you get a few extra steps in without trying too hard.
Join a team. Even if you’re not competitive, playing a sport with other people can be fun. Join a recreational softball team or even a bowling league. You’re getting exercise while participating in these activities, and it might be more fun for you than going to the gym or running several miles.
Buddy up. When you have a friend to workout with, you can make it a social activity. Instead of going out for drinks together, take a yoga class or walk a few laps together at the local school’s track. This will give you some time to catch up with loved ones and stay physically active.
These three tricks can help you increase your physical fitness and stay healthy. It doesn’t always have to feel like you’re punishing yourself.