How to make workouts fun

Last week I’ve received an e-mail from my building’s management saying that they’re closing down the building gym for an unknown period of time. I suspect it has something to do with broken water pipes. So then I thought oh well, at least I have the pool where I can work out instead and then two days later I get another e-mail saying that the pool has been closed as well for yearly full disinfecting. Even though the obvious ways of getting my daily workouts are closed down, there is always a way to still make it happen. Since I live in a building, which is 30 floors high, now I run/climb up and down the stairs for about half an hour, which makes up for a great cardio and leg workout.

If you feel like running outside or going to the gym often turns into a real drag, then you might consider adding some motivation to your daily regime. Making your workouts more fun will get you going out the door a lot more often.

– Listen to your favorite music. Get an mp3 player and fill it up with songs you love. Become energized by playing fast-paced songs during your main workout and switch to more mellow music at the end when you’re doing your stretching, relaxing and slowly getting out of the workout mode.

– Buy cool workout clothes. Get them in bright colors, tight, loose, whatever makes you feel and look good. Don’t be afraid to go overboard. Get the funkiest outfit you can think of, as long as it puts a smile on your face and makes you look forward to wear it. Graphic shirts with motivational quotes work great as well.

– Think of your own way to move. A workout doesn’t have to necessarily involve a gym. Anything that keeps you moving works just as great. Try going on long walks (maybe with your dog), running in a park or stadium, bike riding, swimming or playing tennis.

– Do house chores. If it’s raining or you just don’t feel like going outside, then clean your house, apartment. It takes up a lot of energy to clean even a one-bedroom apartment, especially if you have big dirty windows. Not only will you burn a lot of calories, but it will also make you feel good looking at your shiny clean home.

– Play games. If you like video games or would like to bring your family or friends together, get a motion controlled video game console like Wii or Xbox 360 Kinect. There is a variety of games you can purchase that are family orientated and would bring pleasure no matter if you’re 15 or 50 years old.

– Don’t keep track too much. Don’t try to count how many calories you’ve burned, how many sit-ups you did or how many days are left until you lose another pound. These thoughts would only make you frustrated and anxious. All you need to think of is what can you do today that’s fun or useful in more than one way and physically active at the same time.

What are your thoughts?