We would love to work out more. However, finding the motivation can be hard. Exercise is extremely important. Boasting numerous benefits, having some sort of workout routine is one of the best things we can do for our health. If it is so good for us, then why is it so hard to get into the habit? The key to making a lasting workout routine is to develop a practice slowly and turn it into something you keep coming back for.
A big part of that is finding exercises that you love. When working out is fun, it will quickly turn into something your look forward to every day. Many of us get stuck in the routine of going to the gym and performing the same exercises. However, there are many other ways to get moving that don’t involve boring exercises. Here are our top 5 picks for activities that increase workout motivation.
1. Jump Rope
Equipment needed: Jump rope or length of rope
Bring back a game from your youth. Many of us have not skipped rope since we were in grade school. Jump rope is fun and can also be a great workout. The repeated jumping motions will target the calves and glutes. Jump rope is sure to get your heart pumping and work up a sweat while being much more engaging than running on a treadmill.
Start out jumping 3 sets of 30 seconds. As you increase your muscular and cardiovascular endurance you can go for longer and add more sets.
2. Hike a Mountain
Equipment needed: Good boots, water bottle, backpack, snacks, map
Hiking to the top of a local mountain is the perfect way to enjoy the beauty of fall. There is nothing like looking out over the array of fall foliage from above. Hiking will give you an amazing workout. Walking uphill, climbing over rocks, and carrying a backpack will strengthen your whole body and really get your heart going.
Start slow with this one. Once you start walking up a mountain you will have to make it back down. Walk around the block until you can walk for an hour consecutively and then research mountains in the local area. Start with easy, small mountains and then slowly build up to larger ones. Always have a charged cell phone and a friend with you when hiking.
3. Play Frisbee
Equipment needed: Frisbee, at least 1 friend or acquaintance
Getting out with friends is a great way to help you stay motivated to work out. For those just getting into an exercise routine, frisbee is the perfect activity. Playing frisbee gets you outside with friends and moving. After chasing a frisbee around your local park for half an hour, you’ll feel your heart racing. Throwing a frisbee back and forth is much more engaging than jogging around the street by yourself. Best of all—it gets you out having fun with friends.
Once you’ve got a little practice, you can check out ultimate frisbee leagues in your area and get competitive. You’ll be having so much fun, you won’t even realize how much fitter you’ve gotten.
4. Go for a Swim
Equipment needed: Swimsuit, access to a pool or lake
Swimming is a great activity for beginners. It’s the perfect way to get exercise in the hottest days of summer when doing anything else is too much. Swimming is a low-impact activity, meaning even if you have joint pain or are recovering from injuries, you can swim. It’s the perfect way to slowly build endurance and strengthen your tendons and ligaments to prevent future injury.
Better yet, you have two options when going for a swim: pool and lake. Many local gyms have pools that you can go to for a clean, consistent experience. For those that like getting out in nature, going to an area lake is always an option. Even if you don’t love swimming, walking in the water offers great resistance that will over time strengthen your legs and lungs.
5. Try Something New
Equipment needed: The internet and some creativity
One of the best ways to get out of a routine that isn’t working is to try something new. Grab some friends or try something out on your own. Check out your local gym, they will often offer a wide range of classes for members to try out. But don’t just look at a gym, there are numerous other ways to get active. Give archery a try, take a horseback riding lesson or train for a race.
Many workout routines fail because going to the gym just isn’t engaging. There are many ways to add healthy activity to your life.
If you’re feeling stuck, give some of these activities a try. They might just be the key to finding the perfect routine for you. If you still need help making your workout routine stick, check out our post on how to turn goals into habits.
How have these activities changed your workout? Let us know in the comments below!