So what does making fitness part of your lifestyle even mean? I’m sure all of you know that exercising is good for you. You’ve felt the endorphin high after a long workout, you’ve taken a few Zumba classes and maybe even done a 5k. You hate working out but you love the feeling it gives you
Most people's relationship with working out is love hate at best. And that’s because they haven’t made it part of their lifestyle.
Your lifestyle is the patterns and habits that make up the way you interact with and react to the world. Maybe you’re an avid reader, that’s part of your lifestyle. Maybe you’re super fashion savvy or you go kayaking a lot. All the things that you do that are second nature to you, all the things that bring you joy to do, are what makes up your lifestyle.
See, the thing is, you can’t sustain a habit of working out for the rest of your life if you don’t make it something you love to do. So here’s how to do that
Find your thing. What activity do you like best? Is it swimming? Soccer? Ultimate Frisbee? Running? You don’t have to be good. You just have to love it! Try out new active things. Whatever you enjoy the most, stick with it. When you can enjoy a workout for it’s own sake, not because you’re gonna burn a lot of calories doing it, that’s when you know you’ve got the perfect active hobby! Find something like this, and you will stick with it for years.
Get inspired. The world is full of amazing people and stories. I guarantee your, whatever you are interested in, there are books, movies, blogs, and boocoos of other content out there dedicated to it. If you’re interested in running, research the stories of some of the top runners in history. You might cry, but the inspiration it brings will be so worth it!
Set small goals. Big, long term goals are awesome! But small, goals are what help you achieve those big ones. Want to complete a sprint triathlon? Set a goal of going to the gym three times this week for training. Setting habit forming goals like that will help you sustain a workout regimen, even when you’re not training for anything.
Get plugged in. Community is key when it comes to fitness. No one commits to working out if they always go at it alone. Find your community by enrolling in an intramural sports league, or visiting a club meets. If there isn’t a club for what you’re interested in, start one! Track down people that share your interests and start a group class or something. Find at least one buddy you can mountain bike, or play disc golf with, or whatever it is you love. Attend a group fitness class with your friends that will help you perform better elsewhere *cough Bootcamp 4ThePeople* Working out with other people, even strangers, enables you to be encouraged and encourage others!
What motivates you? What activities really make you happy? How can you make yourself better through fitness? Ask yourself these questions during the week and you’ll be that much closer to making fitness part of your lifestyle.