TOPS Helps You Create an Enjoyable Workout

Published: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 04:24 PM.

Physical activity is essential to a balanced lifestyle, but it can be difficult to gather the motivation to actually do it.  Many people look at exercising as a chore, but it’s important to start viewing it as an accomplishment and something that makes you feel better.  TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization, offers tips to make your workout routine more enjoyable.

• Find a partner.  Exercising with a friend can make a workout more enjoyable, help you push yourself, and hold you accountable.  You can challenge each other, encourage one another on those days you don’t feel like exercising, and share new techniques.  Working out with another person can also make it seem more like social time than work.

• Increase time and intensity gradually.  If you take on too much during your workouts, you may become burned out, lose motivation, or start to dislike exercising.  Listen to your body and decide how long or hard you’ll workout depending on how you feel.     

• Vary your activities.  Exercise sessions can seem tedious when you’re repeating the same workout at the same place every day, so mix up your routine.  Run on the treadmill.  Take a Zumba class.  Walk around a park.  Play a sport.  If you’re a runner or bike rider, change up your routes.  There are endless physical activity options and ways to spice up your workouts.  Try to pick activities that fit your interests, and understand your preferences so you know where you like to exercise, if you like to do it alone or with another person, and other options.

• Reward yourself.  Give yourself something to look forward to after your workout – a movie night, new accessory, or other small, inexpensive treat.

• Join a club.  Take part in a boot camp or fitness class to stay motivated and learn new exercises.

• Celebrate the small “victories.”  Weight loss can be a slow process, and individuals often get frustrated – so celebrate the smaller feats!  Perhaps you did more push-ups, walked further, or exercised after work instead of watching television.  This will help you stay on track and see the progress you’ve made. 

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