Because You're Happy!
By now, all of us know how that goes: "... clap along if you know what happiness is to you because I'm happy; clap along if you feel like that's what you wanna do..."
Is your workout fun or is it exercise? The answer may have a surprising impact on your overall diet and health. In a recent study, scientists asked people that exact question. Their conclusion was that people who thought of physical activity as fun were overwhelmingly less likely to reward themselves afterwards with an indulgent treat than those who thought of their workouts as work. They write, "engaging in a physical activity seems to trigger the search for reward when individuals perceive it as exercise but not when they perceive it as fun."
Putting it another way, if your bike ride is scenic and social, you'll be less likely to reach for dessert afterwards than if that ride is a chore. So, if you're looking to lose weight, get strong or simply improve your overall health, here are some ideas to try:
Change it up
If your workout routine hasn't changed in years, you may be in a rut. Try a new class or use some new equipment. Changing from dumbbells to kettlebells can shake up a boring routine. Sick of the elliptical? Grab a friend and go to the Insanity Workout. If Spinning isn't your thing any more, try Cardio Dance or Fly Yoga®. Enjoy yourself and you won't reach for a cookie as a reward.
Get a soundtrack
With the availability of streaming services and mobile devices, it's easier than ever to create a playlist for your workout. Using i.d. gym's free wi-fi and a service like Spotify, you always have access to your favorite music to pump up your workout. If music isn't your thing, try an audio book or a TV show. If you enjoy what you're doing, you'll exercise longer and feel happier while you're doing it.
Use the buddy system
We all know it's more fun to workout with a friend. If you and your BFF come to class together, you'll enjoy yourself more and be more likely to stick with your program. Don't be afraid to enlist the help of parents, kids or fellow gym members, especially if you meet people at the gym with your interests.
Retail therapy works!
If you're stuck in a rut, don't underestimate the power of a new outfit or pair of shoes. If you feel good about yourself and your gear, you'll feel better about hitting the gym.
Don't try to fit in
If you see the crowds in Spinning and Bootcamp but they aren't your thing, don't force yourself to be like everyone else. Do what you enjoy, even if it's just walking on the treadmill with a magazine. Our personal trainers are always available to spice up your routine if you need some ideas.