We are continuing with our Core Value Series where we’re diving a bit deeper into each core value of Worth the Work Fitness in order to help you get to know us better, and to help encourage you towards a healthier mindset with your health and wellness journey. Each week we are sharing one of our nine core values that are a part of the foundation of why we do what we do, and expanding on why each one is so significant to us and why we believe each can be significant to you as well.
We believe in having fun, even when it comes to working out! You’ll see us dancing before the workouts, laughing at ourselves throughout, and finishing with a big virtual high-five! When you’re enjoying what you’re doing, you’re more likely to keep doing it. That’s why we don’t take ourselves too seriously. There will be times a movement might feel awkward, or you feel like you look goofy doing it - don’t let that stop you! Everyone has that feeling at some point, including us, and it gives us something to grow stronger in.
If I were to ask you what words you associate with exercise, would the word ‘fun’ make the list? Some of you might say yes, but it’s likely that others of you might scoff, roll your eyes, or stare disbelievingly that anyone would ever use the words ‘fun’ and ‘exercise’ in the same sentence. Those are the people I specifically want to speak to today. Because odds are, if you think working out is anything but fun, you probably aren’t doing it too often, and I want to change that.
I think it goes without saying that the more we enjoy doing something, the more likely we are to continue doing said activity. The same thing applies to exercise. If we dread it, our commitment to it is probably going to wane quickly. But if we find ways to enjoy it, the more we will likely stick with it, and therefore the more we will reap the benefits of it. Think of it like this: do you remember the teacher that made you laugh in class when you were in school? The one who made what you were learning about relatable and fun? Odds are you probably paid more attention to what that teacher was trying to help you learn, because he or she made the process more fun, rather than just making it feel like the same kind of work every other class required. You retained the information a little easier or the teacher made a deeper impression on your life. So what if we made the process of working out more fun? That way you might not resent the work it involves and you come to enjoy it so much that it becomes a regular activity in your life.
The challenge with this is that we all have different tastes. We all have different capabilities with our bodies. We all have different goals. So there is no one workout format that is going to be best for everyone. And yet, I think many of us have fallen victim to believing that there supposedly is. And we either haven’t found it yet, or there must be something wrong with us if we don’t like doing it. So, we start to believe we could never be the kind of person that likes to work out.
Rather than giving in to that lie, let’s change the script. Let’s change our mindset and approach and try to give exercise a fair chance. So here’s a few tips for transforming working out into an activity you actually WANT to do:
So there you have it - six simple ways you can change up the way you approach exercising to make it a bit more fun. Now, I have to be honest, working out is still hard, no matter how fun you can make it be. There are still parts about it that I don’t fully love - and I say that as someone whose profession revolves around it. So I can understand and empathize with those of you who have to fight to get in the right frame of mind to workout sometimes. But that’s why I believe all the more that it’s important to have some fun while you’re putting in the work. If you can smile through the burn, it makes the process a whole lot more enjoyable. And when we enjoy it, we’re bound to stick with it for the long haul, and that’s what matters more.
Written by Brett Henderson and Kelly Pruim