Updated 14 September 2016

6 easy ways to make your workout fun again

No matter how much you love your workout routine, doing the same thing over and over is bound to get boring after a while. Take inspiration from these 6 fun ways to exercise.

To help you stay motivated, try to  exercise with a bit of variety. If you usually go for a long run each morning, try doing some interval training instead.

Alternatively, shake things up entirely by swapping your run for a sports game or energetic dance class.

1. Make it social

Playing sport or exercising with a friend is a great way to make your workout seem less like a chore.

Encourage a friend to go with you on a run, attend a weekly fitness class with you or just accompany you on a lunchtime walk.

If you don’t have any friends up for the task, don’t worry – exercise is a great way to make more friends!

Sign up for a sport such as netball, football or hockey or join a running club and give your fitness levels and social life a boost.

2. Change the venue

Many of us associate exercise with the gym. However, exercise doesn’t need to involve sweating it out on a treadmill or using weight lifting equipment.

To make your workouts more fun, try switching up the location. Make the most of sunny days by hiking, go for a run through the local park or doing a spot of yoga in your back garden.

For lazy days, you could even do your workouts in front of the TV.

Doing squats, lunges or yoga stretches as you watch your favourite shows will help you get fit without it feeling like exercise.

3. Find an exercise you love

While you might think that exercise is not something you would ever enjoy, this is probably because you haven’t tried the right type of exercise yet.

With such a wide variety of sports, fitness classes and workouts available, there is bound to be something out there for all of us.

Try to think what your goals are - whether it is to improve fitness, aim for competitions, gain competence in sport, or just enjoy yourself - and consider your interests.

Try out as many forms of exercise as you can until you find the exercise that’s right for you.

4. Treat yourself

Who doesn’t love treating themselves to something new?

Add some fun to your fitness by purchasing a new item of clothing, piece of kit or gadget that you just can’t wait to try.  A new purchase will also help you to feel good and in turn feel more motivated, so all the more reason to shop for some new gear.

You could even treat yourself to a new piece of kit to reward your latest fitness achievement.

ballet class fun exercise

5. Relive your childhood

Remember how effortless staying active used to be when you were a kid? Happily, in the last few years gyms and health clubs have latched on to this concept and brought out a range of fitness classes that feel more like reliving your childhood games than working out.

Some such classes include hula hooping, cheerobics (cheerleading combined with aerobics) and ballet-inspired workouts.

If you don’t feel like working out in public, you can take this trend home and invest in a trampoline, skipping rope or hula hoop for a playful yet effective workout.

6. Exercise to your favourite music

To make your workouts more enjoyable, try putting together an exercise playlist of your favourite songs.

Not only can music boost your mood, it is also a great way to boost your motivation and can provide distraction and entertainment while you exercise.

A study from a researcher at Brunel University found that listening to music boosted participants’ exercise endurance and increased their enjoyment of it. Furthermore, listening to music reduced the perception of hard work for moderate exercisers.

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