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How to Get Fit Doing What You Love – Answer 3 Simple Questions

Is it possible to LOVE your Work Out?

We all know that it’s important to exercise.

Getting yourself into better shape is one of the most reliable ways to improve your quality of life, and extend your life.

But even if you’re normally a highly motivated person it can be difficult to begin a new fitness program.

Many times the hardest part of beginning a new routine is figuring out what’s the best way of exercising for you.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the number of choices available in fitness programs.

BIG Fitness Centers:  Most people will have access to at least one – and probably more than one– gym, fitness center, YMCA, or community rec center. Each of these places will have a lot of potential options, including classes and equipment for self-directed workout routines.

Smaller Specialty Facilities: In addition, there are facilities in many towns and cities that cater to specific fitness-related activities, including yoga studios, Crossfit studios, dance studios and even rock climbing gyms.

At Home Work Outs: For people who prefer to exercise at home, there are countless DVD-based fitness programs and home versions of just about any type of equipment you will find in a commercial gym.

Believe it or not, the most important factor in a successful fitness program is whether or not you enjoy what you’re doing.

When you love your fitness routine, you can’t imagine going through the week without doing it.

Think about the things you love to do – they don’t feel like chores, right? The same is true for exercise. When you find an activity that you enjoy, it just doesn’t feel like exercise. It feels like ‘me time’ instead.

To find a fitness program you love, start by asking yourself the following questions:

First, do you like exercising in an group?

Some people enjoy the social aspect of an exercise class, and like spending time with their fellow exercisers before and after the class.

Others who might not socialize still feed off the group energy in the class, and find this to be something that they very much enjoy.

Other people enjoy working out by themselves.

Second, what’s your budget?

Your fitness program must fit within your budget.

You’ll have more options if you can afford a full service health club. But if not, and you still try to pursue that type of workout environment, you may find yourself becoming resentful at how much your membership dues are straining your overall budget. In fact, you might feel such pressure to go to your gym a lot in order to “get your money’s worth” that the pressure makes working out unpleasant.

Don’t overextend your finances for the sake of a fitness routine. Exercising shouldn’t cause you financial worry.

Finally, what types of activities do you enjoy, and in what setting?

If you love being outdoors, then look for a fitness program that keeps you outside – perhaps cycling in the warmer months and cross-country skiing in the winter. On the other hand, if you are more sensitive to hot or cold temperatures, you probably want to pursue an indoor workout program.

When selecting your exercise program, it’s important to take stock of your individual situation, your needs and your wants.

For instance, for me I have learned how to get fit by doing a combination of OUTSIDE and INSIDE Workouts.

Work out variety keeps me entertained :) and not bored!

I enjoy

1- Outside:

Walking or hiking outside year round (almost every day). In the winter I bundle up a bit more. In the summer, its shorts and tank tops all the way!

2- Inside:

a) Doing my favorite fitness dvds with Ellen Barrett

b) Doing cardio on my spinning bike or treadmill and

c) using my collection of home fitness gear doing whatever feels good. It could be working with light hand weights, or yoga, or stretching on my foam rollers doing self myofascial release (SMR), or using my exercise bands.

Be honest with yourself.

The best fitness program is the one that keeps you active and keeps you motivated. Be honest with yourself and you’ll find the program that best fits who you are.

Weight loss and learning how to get fit doesn’t have to be a painful struggle. It can be a fun, rewarding, and empowering experience. If you want to lose weight and feel happy while you’re doing it, click here

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Camelia K. November 22, 2011 at 7:51 am

Hello Jana,

Great post! You highlight some very important points with regards to starting exercise. If one does not enjoy what one is doing it is not going to last long enough for long term fitness goals to be realised.

I agree with you, one needs to be passionate about anything one wants to do over a longer period of time, and without it feeling like a chore.

There are so many things that can be done without a gym membership all year round. Walking is one of the best ways to exercise, and it does not cost more than a comfortable pair of shoes to do so.

In bad weather exercising can take place indoors, either in the gym, or at home. The latter option also enables costs to be kept very low.

Once one gets familiar with the various ways to keep physically active, there is no excuse not to get on with it. The key is to find a couple of activities that one is keen on, as variety is important.

You are a shining example to everyone, and come across very enthusiastically about your chosen activities. Well done!

Keep the good information flowing,

Camelia

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