Find out how to take the “work” out of your workouts and start enjoying recreation and fitness programs for the long term!!
So what’s the meaning of the word “workout”? My first thought is that it
contains the word “work”. Now let me ask you a question… When is the last
time you were excited at the thought of “work”?
Now, let’s compare that to other physical activities like sports for example.
When we engage in sports, the saying is that we are “playing” sports — not
“Playing” sounds a lot more exciting than “working” right? The point I am
trying to make here is that “working” out needs to be fun too, and that there
has to be some “play” included in order for it to be considered a long-term
commitment that one can maintain.
The mere fact that it appears like work, makes a fitness routine a short-term
prospective destined for failure (get the reward and get out). As we
know, fitness is anything but short term; if you expect to keep the rewards
This is the paradox of fitness; in order for you to be successful at fitness,
you must continue to repeat mundane tasks. When you discontinue, even for
the shortest of time, the results you achieved evaporate quite quickly. This is
not the best work/reward scenario and is most likely why long-term
adherence to fitness programs is very low.
The solution for you to stick to a fitness program is; to add more play into
your workouts. You can do this by including variety and human connection —
two very basic human needs. Yes, fitness is repetitive work but when you add
in variety and involve other people, it doesn’t seem like work any longer.
I always recommend that my friends practice a sport or a recreational activity along
with a regular fitness routine.
I have far more confidence in these people sticking to a fitness program than the
fitness fanatics who hit the gym 7 days per week.
I fear that those people will burn out quickly and discontinue their fitness program.
There is a problem though, before starting a fitness program, many of my friends were out of
shape and barely had enough confidence to step into a gym.
Due to this, considering playing a sport or some other physically demanding recreation
would have been out of the question for them.
They had too much fear that they wouldn’t be able to perform in a sport or activity like they once had,
or that they didn’t have the physical confidence to consider learning a sport or activity.
For many of my friends, this attitude quickly changed when they started
working out and got into better physical shape. They regained their
confidence to get back into sport and recreation, or found new confidence to
try something new.
The really cool thing about getting in shape is that it allows you, physically and mentally,
to do so many other activities that previously you would be too intimidated to even try.
Or if you did try, you wouldn’t have been able to keep up and therefore probably given up.
For example, a great combination is Yoga and fitness; they are polar
opposites and therefore provide a regular change up to your routine. Dancing
is another high energy and artful activity that is a great add-on to your fitness
The sports and activities are endless and only demand your imagination,
then courage, to consider getting back into them or trying them for the first
time — how exciting!
Throughout my twenties and thirties, when bodybuilding was my focus, I
wouldn’t have even attempted participating in a Yoga class. I tried it for the
first time in my early forties and was first amazed that I could actually get
through the class and second that I actually loved it!
I’ve never been in such a state of bliss after an activity like I felt with Yoga.
The deep relaxation that I experienced, left me feeling as if I was drugged,
but could still drive a motor vehicle! It is also a great gateway into the study
of spirituality and self-awareness, so the benefits are greater than activity
The reason why I was brave enough to attempt Yoga was because I had
trained athletically with personal trainers for a year prior which allowed me to
build up my core strength and flexibility.
Switching my fitness routine, from one of a physique focus to an athletic
focus, was the precursor for opening my mind to trying other programs. You
know Yoga isn’t the most masculine thing an ex-bodybuilder could consider!
Case and point: Your confidence soars when you are in better athletic shape
and you will be more open to trying other athletic activities. Activities that you
would have never had the guts to try in the past.
Fitness will always be work, but you can add some “play” into your active
lifestyle by including activities that are fun, moreover you will stay in the in
the game for life and reap all of the long-term rewards of fitness.
Inspire to Aspire,
Follow Kris Online