Tips to Making Exercise More Enjoyable & Less of a Chore

Hank Ebeling & I are very excited that our “Summer Slim Bootcamp” gained enough popularlity to be issued on SHAPE.com in the article, 8 Fat-Blasting Gym Classes that Don’t Feel like Exercisehttp://www.shape.com/fitness/cardio/8-fat-blasting-classes-dont-feel-exercise?page=8.

In addition to these classes, here’s a few ways to make working out more enjoyable and less of a chore this new year…

Hit the gym with a friend.  This way you have someone who’s counting on you to be there.  If you have a bit of a competitive side to you, try timed circuits with your partner.  Compete with your workout buddy to see who can get the most reps out of each exercise in the circuit.  Here’s an example circuit you could use targeting lower body, upper body, & core:

4×1 min Reverse Lunges with Dumbells

4×1 min Medicine Ball Slams

4×1 min V-Ups

Update your workout playlist. Training for a half-marathon or just know that you need some real good music to get you through your next cardio workout? Set aside time and make a good workout playlist.  Preferably one that’s going to get you really pumped up and motivate you to push yourself harder than you have been lately.  Here’s a few songs from my favorite workout playlist:

Muse-Uprising

Phoenix-Listomania

Ellie Goulding-Lights

Kanye West-Monster

Walk the Moon-Anna Sun

Rhianna ft Calvin Harris-We Found Love

Two Door Cinema Club-I Can Talk

Kanye West-All Falls Down

Yeah Yeah Yeah’s-Head’s Will Roll

Set small goals.  And I’m talking small.  The more you have that feeling of accomplishment, the more that you will associate exercise as being a positive experience and will be more likely to continue.  It’s a mental game most of the time.  Mind over matter.

Chart your stats.  This can give you a visual of how you’re progressing, hopefully creating positive feedback for you. Examples could be a max push-up test or timed plank.

Buy yourself some new kicks & new workout attire. Let’s be honest, we’re all guilty (well, probably more so just us females) of purchasing clothes then coming home & immediately trying them on again once we get home as if they’re going to look any different from when we just tried them on in the dressing room at the store.  I’ll admit, I do it all the time.  Treat yourself to new Lululemon workout pants or new Nike’s & I’m sure you’ll be a little more excited to hit the gym in your new get-up.

Stretch following your workout.   Use these 10 minutes or so as time for you to relax, unwind, and not worry or think about the stresses on the day.  It’s good for your mental health.  : )

Follow these easy tips & you’ll be setting yourself up for success in 2012!

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