The Importance of Having Fun While Exercising

The physical and mental rewards of enjoyable workouts.

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Enjoying your workouts can be a complete game changer when it comes to keeping a consistent exercise schedule and avoiding burnout. Get ready to discover how enjoying exercise can unlock a healthier and happier you. 

Making exercise more fun
The Heart Matters magazine gives a few recommendations on how to make exercise more fun, such as asking others to join you and exercising for a specific cause (like a marathon for raising funds for an organization). Making it fun should be a top priority. But why?

Research shows that enjoying your exercise can be important for its long-term effectiveness. When you are positively engaged with something you choose to do and want to do as opposed to something you have to do, it changes your mindset, says Telegraph UK. A positive mindset when exercising, they say, is absolutely essential. 

Another very real benefit of enjoying your workouts, says the Muscle Clinic, is that if you enjoy it, you are more likely to stick to it. Most people would rather make a habit of something that brings you pleasure as opposed to something tedious and unenjoyable. So, what do you find enjoyable? What is fun for you?

There are so many types of exercise
Everyone enjoys different things. And exercise doesn't have to mean going to the gym or having a (used or unused) gym membership. Running is an excellent form of exercise, as is walking. Dance classes can be super fun as well, and so can sports. According to the Barbend platform, playing sports is a form of exercise that shouldn't be forgotten. 

Thinking outside the box is a must, since gyms and workouts that require lots of equipment aren't always available or possible, and depending on these to workout can possibly leave you without a workout at times. Team sports like basketball, tennis or kickball with friends are great for your fitness. 

Don't think twice before enjoying these sports as a workout, or choosing a more unconventional type of exercise like rope jumping, surfing, rock climbing or belly dancing. Those are all excellent forms of exercise, and your mind and body will thank you for years to come. 

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