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How can you make exercise more fun? 9 tips!

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Getting off the couch to move doesn't always sound appealing. Are you just enjoying a series or are you just engrossed in your book, you have to put yourself back in your sports outfit. hell no! Fortunately, there is something to think about: make exercise more fun for yourself. With these 9 tips it will be less bad to get off the couch.

Tip 1 - Choose a sport that suits you 

If you really hate running, the threshold is extra high to get off the couch for a run. And if you don't like the gym, it's very difficult to kick yourself in the butt and go there. Therefore, look for a sport that specifically suits you. 

For some that means fitness in the gym, for others a team sport is better. And yet another loves to swim laps in the pool alone or run undisturbed. Do you like less intensive sports? Then pilates, yoga or taking longer walks might be perfect. There is bound to be a sport that you will enjoy.

💛 Also read: Choose a sport that suits you

Tip 2 - Put on your headphones 

With some music or a podcast, sports are definitely more fun. Build a list of your favorite sports music in Spotify or pick a podcast you enjoy listening to . Put on your headphones or put in your earphones and in the meantime enjoy someone chatting to you or some nice music. Makes exercising just that little bit more fun!

Tip 3 - Reward yourself after exercise

If you did get yourself together to get moving, it's worth a reward. Look forward to something nice for afterwards. For example, agree with yourself that you can watch an episode of your series afterwards, treat yourself to an extra tasty evening meal or prepare a delicious and nutritious snack for yourself. Or decide that you don't need anything all night long once you've exercised. That way you have something fun to look forward to. 

Tip 4 - Keep sports feasible

It is not surprising that the threshold to exercise is high if you immediately commit yourself to swinging weights for an hour in the gym while you are a novice athlete. Rather build up sports a little more slowly and don't set the bar too high (it's also better for your muscles, by the way!). If you're just starting out, stick to a shorter workout time and look for exercises that are feasible. This way you make moving less intense and annoying.

Tip 5 - Find a sports buddy 

On the one hand, a sports buddy is a good stick behind the door to keep moving. On the other hand, it also makes exercising more fun. For example, sign up for a yoga class with a friend , go to the gym with your partner or drum up someone else to run, do yoga or whatever. 

Another option is to participate in team sports. Then you always have fun around you while exercising. 

Tip 6 - Keep an eye on your progress

Exercise is healthy for you and makes you fitter. And you'll see quick results if you make exercise a habit. Therefore, regularly check for yourself what you can do more now than a few weeks or months ago. Do you feel fitter? Are you more comfortable in your own skin? Take notes so you can get extra motivation from your progress. You can also use handy apps, such as Runkeeper, to keep track of your ever-improving performance. 

Tip 7 - Set goals for motivation

What is also very motivating? Set goals for yourself with exercise. For example, challenge yourself that in X weeks you can run for 15 minutes instead of 10, or that you can lift more weight in a month than you do now. By setting goals for yourself, you have something to work towards. You do the sport for something. That makes it more fun, but also gives you something to hold on to. Then you know every time you go to the gym “Oh yes, this is what I do it for!”.

Tip 8 - Gift yourself a nice sports outfit

Those awesome yoga pants you saw the other day. Or that nice running top that fits much nicer than the oversized shirt you're wearing now. With the right sportswear, you have something to look forward to when you exercise. So go to an (online) sports store and shop an outfit that makes sports more fun for you.

Do you already know Dutch sportswear brand Spiffy Active ?

Tip 9 - Make exercise more fun by not only looking for it in sports

Exercise isn't just about working up a sweat in the gym. You can also get more exercise out of your daily life. Simply by taking the stairs more often instead of the elevator, by taking a long walk every day or by leaving the car for things that are within cycling distance . See if you can make exercise a habit that you hardly notice. This makes it more fun and easier to pick up movement.

Tell me, what helps you to make exercise more fun?


Author - Romy Veul
Copywriter, language fanatic, crazy about color and cheerful as often as possible. That's who Romy Veul is in a nutshell. On her blog More Happy she takes you along in her positive fantasies. This always with a modest dose of humor and nice colorful photos.

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