7 Tips to Keep Exercise Fun and Fresh

Once you make a lifetime commitment to exercise, you have a long way to go hopefully. How do you keep exercise fun and fresh as you strive for weight loss goals? There's always the chance for boredom to set in with anything that goes on a long time. And, sometimes you just don't "feel it" because you're tired, bored or hurt.

Get to know yourself (emotions) and your body. You have to keep yourself motivated to exercise week in and week out. Serious exercisers will usually workout at least 5 out of 7 days in a week. If you don't keep it fun and fresh, you will eventually quit exercising altogether. Its hard to keep doing something you don't like, especially when the activity is voluntary.

When I train people, it takes tons of energy out of me. Guess what? I still exercise on most days and some of those days "I don't feel like exercising."

I can't tell you how to "get it done." With practice, you will figure it out for yourself.......

Here are 7 tips that I use to keep the exercise fun and fresh:

1. I know when I need to change up my routine. On some days, I will split my workouts into 2 separate workouts, such as weight training during the day and interval cardio later on.

2. Sometimes, I just need a day off (even on a scheduled workout day). Don't forget, recovery from exercise is just as important as the exercise itself.

3. When I'm really dragging, exercising outdoors always does the trick. Actually, my first preference is to exercise outside. And, the hotter the weather, the better for me. I love to feel drenched in sweat.

4. Doing something totally different often works for me---such as playing soccer or flag football (by the way, these are 2 of the best interval cardio workouts).

5. Hanging out at the gym works. It helps to see other people "getting after it." Don't try to do your program all by yourself. Research proves that you will have a better chance to succeed with fat loss and weight loss if you have others holding you accountable.

6. Exercising in a totally different place works for me sometimes---such as running on the trails at the lake or hiking in the hill country in and around Austin.

7. Sometimes, its just will and determination that keeps me exercising. Its really important to me to stay fit and toned and not just because I'm a trainer. Its personal. I want it for myself and I want it bad. I'm not going to let all the hard work and fun go to waste by quitting!

You get the idea.....try different things....when you make the lifetime commitment to fitness, that's a long time! You gotta keep it interesting or you will quit!

Please share your tips on how you keep exercise fun and fresh!

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Mark Dilworth, BA, PES

About Mark

About Mark

Mark Dilworth is a Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist and since 2006 he has owned Your Fitness University, Her Fitness Hut, My Fitness Hut, Sports Fitness Hut.

Mark has helped thousands of clients and readers make lifestyle changes that lead to better long-term health, which includes acceptable body fat and ideal body weight.He does not recommend fad diets, quick weight loss gimmicks, starvation diets, weight loss pills, fat burner supplements and the like.