The Secrets to Enjoying Exercise

Let’s face it, for most of us, the mere thought of exercising is enough to make up all sorts of excuses why we should not, could not, and potentially will not exercise. We know that physical exercise has many health benefits, both physical and mental, but when we think of exercise, we tend to think of suffering in the gym; doing the same boring routine, feeling inadequate or wondering why we’re putting ourselves through this torture when we don’t see any results.

However, there are some secrets and tips to really begin to enjoy exercise to its fullest.

Grab a Buddy

We can view exercise as a form of solitary confinement - like a sentence we have to endure all on our own – especially if we’re working out in a gym. But misery loves company.

I can guarantee that you have a friend or co-worker who feels exactly the same way.

Once you’ve convinced a friend to exercise with you and actually go to the gym, take that power walk at lunchtime or go to that Zumba class, you will begin to see how much fun it really is and begin to enjoy exercising.

Change your View of Exercising

We all have the ability to change our outlook on anything.

If you can associate positive thoughts and feelings with exercise will you begin to override all the negative feelings you have about exercising. Excuses such as being tired or not having enough time will be outweighed by feelings of accomplishment such as recognition that you burned 500 calories that night or even the simple fact that you feel energized and were glad you went.

Focus on the positive results and feelings you get the first time you go to exercise and bring that feeling back up to the forefront of your mind the next time you are heading out to exercise.

Be Creative

Nowhere is it written down that exercising is all about pounding the streets running or lifting weights and doing crunches in a sterile gym environment.

Humans have an amazing ability at their fingertips, called imagination.

So, why not start getting creative with your exercise routines?

Forget gigantic machinery that you are unfamiliar with or a gym full of strangers. Find something you love to do and incorporate that into exercise. It could be anything from walking briskly in the fresh air to dancing your heart out.

Dance is not only a creative outlet, it is also one that will burn hundreds of calories. You don’t have to be a professional dancer to enjoy the many benefits of dance. From ballet and jazz to swing, Latin and ballroom there’s something for everyone.

Maybe you want to feel like you can take care of yourself, should the need arise. Why not check out combat arts? Combat Arts draws on martial arts elements from Muay Thai, Kali, Pencak Silat and Jeet Kune Do and will have you feeling fit, strong and confident in no time.

Make a Date with Exercising

If you leave exercising to a chance date or time, you will more than likely set yourself up for failure.

Why not make a specific date and time for exercise?

Whether you go out to the gym or exercise at home, write in on your calendar, put it on your to do list and commit to it. After you are done, you will be glad you did.



Exercise doesn’t have to be boring. Find something you enjoy and if you’re enjoying yourself it won’t feel like a chore. But remember, you won’t see results overnight, from any kind of exercise. Keep going and you’ll gradually see a change.

If you’re interested in learning more about Combat Arts email Gordon to enquire about availability in our small group training classes or personal 1-2-1 sessions.