If the “spark” from working out is gone, you can still reignite it.
So, you’ve tried different gyms. Maybe you have taken a few jogs around the block, tried searching home workouts online or downloaded exercise apps to your phone, but you haven’t quite found “the one” yet.
It’s hard to put yourself out there, especially if it’s been a long time, but once you find your true love, working out won’t feel like work.
Think about what you already love to do and choose exercises that you enjoy, that you can fit into your lifestyle and that include positive people.
Do you like being outdoors? If so, walking, biking or running might be for you. Swimming is also great exercise. If you already go for walks, amp them up by walking faster, longer or adding short bursts of running to get your heart rate up. It’s a good idea to have alternatives for those days when the weather just doesn’t cooperate, such as riding a stationary bike.
Be sure to vary your routine to keep things interesting. Doing the same thing day after day can get boring and also lead to overuse injury. Maybe you need the comfort of an air-conditioned gym with lots of equipment to vary your workouts.
Does your exercise fit your lifestyle? If you are not a morning person, chances are that 5 a.m. class before work is not something you will be able to make a long-term commitment to. If you have children, you might choose a gym that provides childcare while you exercise. If you have a busy schedule, you might need to schedule time to fit in your workout, whether it’s during your lunch break or while the kids are at soccer practice.
Also, we all know long-distance relationships never last. Choose a gym close to where you live or work so you can keep to a regular routine.
Exercise with a friend or friends. Finding the motivation to exercise can be difficult, but including friends can make it more fun. It’s also a great way to hold each other accountable. This might mean walking in the morning with a neighbor, joining a sports team, running with a run club or making new friends in a group exercise class.
Whichever option works for you, remember that a lasting relationship takes time to build. Start slow, be patient with yourself, and once you fall in love with exercising, you won’t want to be without it.
Angela Fulgieri is the Wellness Experience Director at the Plant City YMCA. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.