We all know that exercise is essential to better health, but what most people don’t realise is that choosing an activity that you enjoy is perhaps just as important as doing the exercise itself.
After all, if you don’t enjoy what you’re doing, then you probably won’t do it for very long – if at all.
So when it comes to integrating exercise and physical activity for a healthier lifestyle, it’s important to do what you love. Here’s why:
1. It’s more fun – literally
We all know people who took up sports or activities that they don’t enjoy, whether it’s running, weightlifting, or yoga – perhaps you’ve even done this yourself. The biggest problem with doing something you don’t like is that you simply won’t enjoy doing it. Each session then becomes more like a chore rather than something that gradually improves your life. Do this long enough, and you could end up miserable and far worse than when you started. Life is too short and diverse to do activities that you don’t enjoy.
2. You won’t need to rely on motivation
Motivation can get you through activities you don’t particularly like, but there’ll be times when your well of motivation will run dry. No matter how motivated you are, there will be days when you simply won’t feel like putting on your trainers or suiting up in your workout clothes. But if you do activities that you actually love, you’ll find it easier to overcome these moments – not to mention times like these will happen less often. With activities you enjoy, you won’t need to rely purely on motivation to get through it. You’ll also be less likely to find an excuse for not doing it.
3. It’s easier to maintain
You can get away with doing an exercise you don’t enjoy for a short period, but it’s an entirely different story if you want to keep it for the long term. When it comes to exercise for long-term health, your personal enjoyment is crucial. Willpower can only get you so far in exercise and fitness – that’s why so many stop their fitness regime so soon after starting. If you want consistency and longevity for your physical activity, then you need to make sure you actually enjoy what you’re doing, no matter how small.
4. You’ll do it better
Not only will it be easier to keep doing something you like, but you’ll also likely do it better and get better results. When you like what you’re doing, your passion and energy will come naturally. You’ll find it easier to set higher goals and tough challenges, and it will make achieving them even sweeter. Simply put, you’ll do these activities with much more joy and energy, which will enliven your life even further.
5. You’ll have more to choose from
Variety is the spice of life, and the same is true when it comes to exercise. One of the best things about picking activities you like is that you’ll likely have several activities to choose from. If you’re like most people, you’ll have different interests and hobbies that you can transform into an exercise or fitness regimen. You won’t be restricted to specific sports or fields of fitness. And unlike the latest exercise trend or newest fitness fad, building your exercise program around your interests will give you more options to mix things up as you please.
Look Outside the Box (and Inside Yourself)
If you’ve been having a hard time sticking with an exercise for long-term health, then consider looking at your interests and see how you can incorporate them into your fitness routine.
You’ll be surprised at how well many hobbies and activities can integrate with exercise or fitness programs. Hobbies like dancing or hiking, for example, can easily help you stay fit and healthy. Even activities like trampolining can provide as tough a workout as any other exercise.
When you find ways to merge your interests with exercise, creating a healthier life with physical activity will be easier than ever!
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