Guest Blogger: Making Exercise Your Playtime

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Meet our super fit guest blogger, Jacquelyn

Does the mere thought of working out make you cringe?  Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

If you’re not in the habit of exercising daily, the thought of having to push yourself to uncomfortable limits sounds dreadful. But I’m here to let you know exercise actually can be fun, and with a little help, you can turn exercise into playtime!

No, I promise, I haven’t overdosed on too much protein powder. 

There is a secret to making exercise a fun daily habit.  Are you ready for it? The trick is to make fitness fun, just like when we were kids playing tag, riding our bikes, swinging at a park, or playing a neighborhood game of basketball. Think about a little kid who is outside playing. They have flushed cheeks, are out of breath, and can’t wait for more!

I can hear you thinking in your head, “Yeah right, like I’m going to go out and play tag.  How am I supposed to make running or going to the gym fun?” If you don’t like running then don’t run! There are thousands of ways to be physically active.  Here are some of fun tips to get you going:

  1. Create a groovy playlist that you only listen to at the gym. Favorite songs give you a little push to go faster. They can even turn cleaning your house into a cardio-packed dance session, so make a playlist for that, too.
  2. Do an activity you enjoy—no matter what others think. Rollerblading might be “so 1990,” but I love it, so I continue to do it.
  3. Mix it up. Some days I workout on three different cardio machines for 10 minutes each so I don’t feign interest. Sometimes I break it up by day—I run one day, row the next, and use the stair climber the day after that.
  4. Make progress and push yourself. Your body adapts very well, so if you run the same distance every day, your body will become more efficient and you’ll burn fewer and fewer calories.  Set some goals and keep pushing yourself.
  5. Find a fitness buddy—everything is better with a friend! Find somebody that has similar interests and ability as you and go have fun.  Trust me, bringing a friend along helps amp up the fun value of ANYTHING!
  6. Get outdoors. Don’t get me wrong, I love gym time, but when the weather is nice I can’t wait to get outside! Running, hiking, bicycling are all things that I prefer over a treadmill, stair climber, or stationary bike. Get off the hamster wheel, and get outside!

So how do you find an exercise you love? 

  1. Experiment.
  2. Keep an open mind.
  3. Don’t quit until you find the perfect match!

Try different classes at your gym or other fitness studios in your area. Most fitness facilities offer a free class so you can try it out before you buy a package. Many gyms also offer free group fitness classes. So check around to see what’s out there. Zumba, Turbo Jam, or Body Pump might be the best thing that ever happened to you.

Whatever you decide to do HAVE FUN with it! 

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  1. Reblogged this on MSU_GradLife and commented:
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  2. Tracy

     /  May 9, 2013

    I also love to exercise and find that when I move away from it I am not as energetic! Thanks for the tips…I am going to get a playlist together and dust of my rollerblades!

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  3. Great tips! I utilize all of them to stay motivated myself! I needed this reminder to bump exercise up on my priority list, as my weeks vary on how much I get in. Thanks!

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