You reach over to smash the alarm clock against the wall because it’s time to drag yourself out of bed. You’re stumbling around in the dark trying not to wake anybody up so you can get yourself to the gym because the scale isn’t your friend. That doesn’t sound like fun at all.
So many things in our lives aren’t fun, but exercise shouldn’t be one of those things. Movement and exercise (for the most part) should be enjoyable and not viewed as punishment. If movement is enjoyed, you’re more likely to stick with it, and the results you want will be within reach.
Rather than dreading your gym time, add the following exercises to your routine. Who knows, you may even smile a little.
1. Have a ball
Most gyms stock medicine balls and they’re a great tool to add some variety to your training. Most people use them for every weird and wonderful core exercise known to man, but the real magic happens when you throw them. You release built up tension, increase your power and burn a ton of calories. Heavens forbid, you may even laugh.
Find a wall, grab a ball and try this med ball circuit.
1A. Squat toss- 8 reps
1B. Slams- 12 reps
1C. Overhead throw- 12 reps
1D. Twist throws- 6 on each side
Rest as needed between exercises and circuits and do anywhere from three to four circuits.
2. Get competitive……… with yourself
Counting repetitions and trying to beat it next time is a great way to measure progress, and the process of counting may distract you from the burn you’re feeling. Set the stopwatch for 30 seconds and do a many reps as you can with good form. Choose from the following exercises.
A. Bicep curls
B. Overhead triceps extension
C. Chest press
D. Bodyweight squat
Be sure to “flex” afterwards.
Remember what it was like to be a kid as you ran outside, played with your friends or reenacted your sporting heroes in the backyard? Close your eyes and imagine that for a moment. Good times, right? Here’s a few ideas to start you off.
– Join a recreation league to play a sport you enjoyed during your childhood
– Play hide and seek with your kids or other adults
– Play catch, jump rope or hopscotch
– Play fetch with your dog
All movement is good movement, and you’ll be raising a sweat without even realizing it. Exercise just became fun again.