I’ll be the first to admit, I hate working out. Actually, I hate the idea of working out more than I actually hate working out once I’m doing it, if that makes sense. The feeling of accomplishment after a good workout definitely makes the effort worth it though, so I try to workout at least a couple times a week. Over the years, I’ve come up with a few ways to trick myself into enjoying working out more, so I thought I’d share those and hopefully help inspire you to enjoy exercise a little more!
Buy pretty workout clothes. I don’t even care how superficial this is, because the bottom line is that having fun workout clothes makes me SO much more inclined to work out. Also, take note that gym wear is totally your chance to pair a bunch of random colors with obnoxious patterns. GO CRAZY. Because for some reason, with workout clothing, you’re just allowed and no one judges. I’m definitely into that, and I always go for bright colors or fun prints with my workout wear. I’m currently loving Get The Label to mix and match pieces from, as they carry all the workout wear brands I love (I’ll admit, I definitely favor Nike and Adidas over everything), have a huge selection and have great pricing.
Track your progress! It’s so encouraging to be able to look at what you’ve accomplished and it makes those “I think I’m going to die if I run a step further” moments much easier to get through. I use a Fitbit Flex that I bought earlier this year and while it’s great, I’m going to be upgrading to something that also measures heart rate for a more accurate reading soon. With that being said, the Fitbit Flex is an awesome first-time fitness tracker. It’s pretty basic and just tells you your activity levels/how many calories it estimated that you burned. It also tracks sleep, which I tried to do a few times, but I find that it wakes me up having something semi-clunky on my wrist while I’m trying to sleep, haha.
Wear comfy shoes. I have two pairs that I switch between and even though there is a huge price difference, I honestly don’t have a preference between either, I just love them both. The more expensive pair are the Nike Air Max Thea Jacquard from JD Sports. I wear these ones when I’m not working out quite often as well, just because they’re so stylish in addition to being super comfortable! The other pair that I love are my Gusto Runners (in mint/grey) from Payless. They were only $25 when I bought them and the soles of these pretty much feel like memory foam- SO comfy! They’re super lightweight, obviously insanely comfortable, and believe it or not, these babies are what went on the Joffre Lakes hike this summer and they did me just fine.
Go for a hike. Or a bike ride. Or a swim. Or play tennis. Or go canoeing. One important thing that I’ve learned that helps me to find the willpower to fit more exercise into my life is that working out does NOT have to mean going to the gym and getting on a treadmill or hitting the pavement and going for a jog. Running is not the only appropriate form of cardio and you can break a sweat doing several other things. Find something that you enjoy and roll with it! Hiking is one of my faves because I’m always rewarded with an amazing view and a giant feeling of accomplishment at the end of it.
Do you love working out, or do you have to trick yourself into it like I do?