Mixing pleasure and fitness can be essential to your success when it comes to sticking with an exercise routine. If a lack of motivation or time is among your top reasons to avoid working out, you need to practice mixing exercise with pleasure so that you'll find it easier to motivate yourself to work out.
Find Activities You Enjoy
Think back to gym class in school and consider whether or not there were any sports or fitness units that you found more enjoyable than others. If you can't think of any, make it your mission to try as many new physical activities as possible, starting with the types of activities that you at least found less of a hassle than the others. For a few weeks, you won't have to design a regular fitness routine to stick to; instead, look at this phase as your experiment to find out how to mix pleasure and fitness. Take note of any activities you found more enjoyable than others.
Think Outside of the Norm
If sports and hitting the gym aren't really of interest to you, take the time to think of any activity that requires you to get moving that you don't find so adverse. Perhaps getting fresh air and taking a walk through a busy area of your neighborhood is of interest to you—or even making a few laps through the local mall. Maybe you'd enjoy meeting new people by taking dance lessons informally at a local tavern or playing fitness video games at home. Perhaps you can find stress relief through yoga. You can learn a martial art and broaden your mind.
You're not bound by a gym instructor's rules when you're looking to mix pleasure and fitness. You just need to find activities that make you happy in one form or another, even if it's simply by distracting you from the fact that you're working out at the same time.
Watch Movies or TV or Listen to Music
Music is a frequent motivator when it comes to mixing pleasure and fitness. Load up your MP3 player with your favorite tunes and concentrate on singing or humming along as you work out. Music is a great choice because it's so portable and can come along to make you happy while working out at the gym, around your neighborhood or at the mall.
If you work out at home or at a gym, you may be able to use the time to catch up with some movies or TV shows. When the TV is on, keep moving. Work out using fitness equipment or a routine you've already practiced with an exercise video or instructor.
Regard Workout Routines as 'You' Time
Listening to music or catching up with movies or TV shows is one example of how you can mix pleasure and fitness. Take that idea further and begin to regard your workout time as time just for yourself. You can catch up with enjoyable activities like music and TV, which you may not otherwise have time to do. You can also let your active mind take a well-deserved break from the stress of the day and just relax.