Should exercise be fun?

inspiration May 31, 2019

When it comes to working out, how excited are you about it?

We all know the importance and health benefits of exercise, this article is not about that. I want to explore with you, how much of your workout is based on should’s and how much of it is actually enjoyable? Are you truly enjoying your exercise?

Do you go and do them with excitement or do you dread them?

The attitude and amount of fun you have around your exercise routine makes a HUGE difference on the amount of stress you have. Exercise is a form of stress on the body, and it’s mostly positive, unless you totally and continually over-do it. If you also have mental stress because you don’t enjoy the type of exercise you’re doing, then you’re adding unnecessary stress to your life and body.

My challenge for you is this:

Be super honest and ask yourself: “Is the type and location of the exercise I’m doing bringing me joy and pleasure along with a good workout? Or am I only making myself go because I’m supposed to?”

In addition to being good for you and your body, exercise should also be fun, otherwise it’ll be another stressor on your life. If you don’t love what you do, go and find things that you can really enjoy & show up for with excitement and fun. 

You’ll have more benefit doing exercise you find enjoyable vs exercises you strongly dislike. Try it and see for yourself. You may find that dancing, yoga or a good pilates class is way more fun than sitting on a stationary bike. 

Go out there, mix it up and explore different types of exercise purely from an element of pleasure and fun. Chances are, that you’ll go more often if you find something you love vs something you think you should be doing. I don’t know about you, but most women clients of mine are good at doing what they’re supposed to be doing and I’d love to see you do more of what you LOVE doing instead. Let me know how you do!

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