Is this you?? Do you have problems getting motivated to work out? Are you just coming out of a half-year long hibernation? Summer is right around the corner! If you’re dreading getting back to the gym, check out these 5 ways to make fitness fun again!
1. Participate in a Fun 5K
Now before you move on to another post thinking, “this chick wants me to run–I knew this was a mistake,” hear me out! I too used to be of the “we don’t run unless we’re being chased” mentality. But then something happened. I turned 26 and realized if I didn’t start running on the reg, I was in very real danger of gaining a muffin top. So I decided to give it a shot, and slowly but surely, I began to run longer periods of time without getting that burning sensation in my chest–score!!
So how can you get bit by the running bug again? My suggestion–do a fun 5k!! It’s only 3 miles, so it’s manageable but sounds like way more in the metric system, allowing you to brag about it. They’re also social activities, and everyone knows fitness is more fun with a buddy! Finally, in a fun 5k, there’s no real timing or pressure. You can run, walk or skip your way to the finish line–it’s all good!
For a great first 5k, check out “The Color Run” or “Run or Dye!” I also recently completed my first mud race/obstacle course, which was Cinco de Mayo themed, meaning there were bacon and margarita stops along the way. Talk about a 5k done right!
2. Get Your Gym Sexy On
I don’t know about you, but when I look good, I’m ready to take on the world! On the other hand, when I look a hot mess I just wanna crawl under my covers and eat ice cream. Take this into consideration when trying to get to the gym! Buy yourself bright neon pink sneakers that you really have nowhere else to wear besides the gym (as a new brand affiliate for Reebok, I’d suggest giving them a look!). Rock a cute new hairstyle that you can sweat in and not look crazy–I find the Katniss side braid or Chrissy Teigen top knot work best for me. Then, armed with your new confidence, hit the gym with your head held high! Who knows, you might even kill two birds with one stone and find yourself a man while getting fit–heyyyy!
3. Healthy Food Can be Fun Too
I used to think eating healthy was awful. I associated it with things like broccoli and brussel sprouts. But then Instagram came along and showed me just how wrong I was! I started seeing photos of elaborate salad creations, fresh fruit, grilled seafood–it all had me salivating! Long are the days of boring old broccoli friends. So embrace eating lighter. Get excited to cook your own meals and work lunches. Post pictures on social media. Show others how quickly you turn into Chef Emeril and BAM! Healthy eating is fun again.
4. Try a New Class
Your body has something called muscle memory, meaning it gets bored with the same old exercises. Not to mention, as a twenty-something, you probably have a short attention span. So switch it up every now and then! If you live in New York, L.A., or Miami, this is easy for you because these three cities go through fitness fads more than Lindsay Lohan goes through rehab centers. I recently tried a workout in Miami where you jam out to Beyoncé while learning club dance moves. It was a lot of fun! So don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone! You might surprise yourself.
5. Take Up an Outdoor Hobby
Horseback riding, golfing, gardening, jogging, swimming, fishing, surfing, kayaking, biking, hiking, kickball–the list is endless. Find one you enjoy, do it often, and do it well. You’ll meet others with similar interests and won’t notice the time passing by because you like what you’re doing. Compare this to when you’re on a treadmill, huffing and puffing and counting down the seconds till you can stop. A hobby is something you do for you, and if it helps you stay fit and active throughout your life, even better.
Are you ready to get fit again?? Then put down those Oreos and get your fitness fun on!