3 Ways to Put Fun into Exercise and Keep Your Resolutions!

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Exercise routines based on activities you do not like, are not going to stick or be sustainable. Read on for an enthusiastic report from one of my weight loss clients who changed her exercise routine and thus, changed her attitude and motivation. She put the fun factor back into exercise. You too can put enjoyment into moving your body more in 2016 by trying these three tips.

3 Ways to Put Fun into Exercise and Keep Your Resolutions!

In order to make your New Year's Resolution a reality, remember that the most important part of an effective and long lasting exercise program is fun! Today on this cold January morning in Colorado, the total body fitness class I attended was full. One could feel the energy, excitement and joy of people fulfilling their resolutions. Smiles were all around me. Fun was in the air!

If exercise is a chore, rather than something you look forward to, read this enthusiastic report from one of my weight loss clients who changed her routine and thus, changed her attitude.

"I absolutely love Zumba. Time flies when I do Zumba. When I attend Zumba on a regular basis, I definitely see an improvement in my eating habits. However, when I used to do the treadmill, it used to feel like forever, and I felt myself counting down to the end. All I wanted to do was reward myself with an ice cream cone. However, with Zumba I feel energetic and not hungry."

Exercise routines based on activities you do not like, are not going to stick or be sustainable. Thus, try these 3 tips to put the fun in exercise.

1. Go outside for 15 minutes a day

Exercising outside can remind you of the different sights, sounds, and smells of the seasons and make you feel more alive. Here are some ways to intentionally incorporate outdoor time in your daily routines.

I am grateful for the wisdom of the women in the small village in Germany (yes, we lived in a "dorf" with more bread stores than stoplights!) where we raised our daughter for the first two years of her life. They told me that every child needs fresh air for at least 15 minutes a day. Even now that that child is 18 years old, we continue to do something outside every day. Just these 15 minutes outside also provide enough vitamin D to help promote strong bones and prevent osteoporosis.

2. Mix up your exercise routine.

Even small changes in the types and amount of exercise you do, can not only help you get off your weight loss plateau by challenging a variety of muscle groups, but it can also make your workout more fun. Variety is the spice of life!

3. Identify a new challenge or goal.

Even if you are new to exercising or regularly workout, trying to meet a new challenge or goal can be motivating and fun.

If you do not look forward to your activity routine, then change it by going outside, mixing it up and identifying a new challenge or goal. Daily exercise is an action that shows you are making good choices. Many weight loss clients of mine, find that first they have to focus on creating an exercise routine before they can start eating healthier. Once they start exercising, they start making healthier food choices. Thus, sustain your physical activities by increasing the fun factor and keep your resolutions!

Exercise->Fun & Games Exercise->Goals Holidays / Parties->New Year's
Jan 12, 2016
Martha M. Henze
Martha M. Henze, MPH, MS, RDN - Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Global Public Health Epidemiologist

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