It’s pretty common that if we don’t truly enjoy something, we will most likely not stick with it. I mean, unless it’s your job and well, you really just need the paycheck. Same goes for fitness, health, and workouts. If you hate a certain workout – and by “hate”, I don’t mean that it’s just really hard for you – don’t do it! With that being said, all workouts are going to be hard! They are supposed to be! Even a freaking yoga class or 30 minutes of stretching is hard! When you’re challenging your body to do things that aren’t natural – c’mon, pigeon pose is NOT natural, but MAN it feels good! – it is going to be hard! But it doesn’t have to be hard in a bad way to make you hate it. Yes, strength workouts and lifting weights is hard, but you don’t have to hate it. Cardio is hard, but you don’t have to hate it. I’m going to bet a large veggie pizza that anyone can find a workout that they like – if not love. And sometimes, it’s not even about finding a workout that you love, but loving what that workout does for you and how it makes you feel.
And with all the various workouts, classes, equipment, videos, trainers, gyms, etc..out there, you really don’t have an excuse to not find a workout that you enjoy. And once you find that workout you like, you will stick with it. Until it becomes “easy” or boring and then you move on to something new that will challenge and intrigue the heck outta you that you will stick with. Strength workouts don’t have to always be using the weight machines at the gym. Cardio doesn’t have to always be running or cycling. There are SO many variations to workouts!
So when my Lifetime magazine came in the mail recently, I loved reading the article called ‘Finding Your Fitness Fit’. Basically, a professor created a Fitness Personality Profile test to help you find a fitness program that you would stick with and that would make working out FUN for you and your personality.
It is a chart that has activity options for every range of every personality trait – social vs. non-social, risk-seeking vs. risk-avoiding, internally motivated vs. externally motivated, etc… and then on each line of the spectrum for these personalities, there are 10 different activities that you could choose from that would fit your personality. (And really, there are even MORE than that 10!) So see! No need to have a boring workout that you hate! Working out can be fun and enjoyable to YOU!
While I am a social, aggressive, externally AND internally motivated personality who enjoys both solo sports – running – and social sports – group classes – you might enjoy yoga or racquet sports more. While I KNOW that yoga is kind of essential for runners, there is just something about it that makes me drag my feet for a class and skip those yoga workouts all together and opt for something more “aggressive, social, risk-seeking”. Yoga to me, isn’t “fun”, so I tend to not do it much. I tend to only do it when I feel I really NEED it at the moment. Like right now.
So find what makes working out fun to YOU! Find your workout “passion”. And once you find a fun-to-you workout (or one where you love how it makes you feel afterwards), you are MUCH more likely to stick to it and those New Years resolutions.
What workouts/classes do you just NOT find “fun”?
What is your absolute, most favorite, FUN workout or class???