Fun exercise is your friend
Many of us have a love/hate relationship with exercise. We feel great once it’s done, but finding the motivation to get started can be a struggle. We know we should do it, but it can sometimes seem like a chore.
Fun exercise might sound like an oxymoron to some of us, but whether you’re exercising to improve your fitness, lose weight, or build strength, you’re more likely to stick it out and reach your goals if you enjoy your workouts. Most of life’s pleasures are better when shared, and exercise is no exception. Getting your friends involved won’t just make workouts more fun, it will also keep you accountable and committed by forcing you to set a time and turn up. Here are some ideas on how to make exercise enjoyable for you and your friends:
Take a hike
Pack a lunch, head to your nearest national park, and make a day of it. Places like Lamington National Park (QLD), the Blue Mountains (NSW), or the Dandenong Ranges National Park (VIC) offer scenic trails of varying lengths and difficulty. The beauty of the landscape and the chance of some wildlife-spotting will make your walk more interesting, and a picnic with a view and some good conversation won’t hurt either!
Fun runs have skyrocketed in popularity in recent years, and it seems like hardly a week goes by without one. The opportunity to walk, jog, or run with your friends while enjoying the community atmosphere makes fun runs an ideal way to stay active on weekends. Even better, many fun runs are for charity so your entry fee or fundraising will go to a good cause. The latest innovation in charity runs, Color Run, takes the fun factor up a notch by getting some serious colour involved. Once you (very colourfully) cross the finish line, celebrate with live music and a festival vibe.
Zumba is an intense and dynamic way to have fun and lose weight. The dance-based workouts and Latin beats will get your heart-rate up and your chest pounding. With upwards of 500 calories burned per class, Zumba’s rhythmic and high-energy movements can help you conquer those extra kilos while you learn some new moves for your next night out.
What do you and your friends do to make exercise fun?