I get it. Not everyone loves to workout. It hurts. Sweating is gross. The couch sounds like a better idea. There’s an infinite number of excuses you can give as to why you hate working out. But here’s the thing.
It doesn’t need to be that way.
Hear me out.
Working out doesn’t have to be a miserable experience. It can be social. It can be fun. It can be a plethora of wonderful things – all while producing amazing results such as improved muscle strength, increased endurance, getting a handle on chronic conditions, boosting energy, and more. So why wouldn’t you want to find an outlet you LOVE?!
Here are three tactics that always work for me when I find myself in a fitness identity crisis:
Try New Things
With the fitness world completely saturated in ways to work up a sweat, there is no reason you can’t find something you enjoy. Besides, who said you can’t keep trying things until you find something you love?!
- Are you competitive? Try an introductory offer at a local CrossFit box.
- Love being outside? Find a local trail running or hiking group.
- Is the success of your workout dictated by the amount of sweating and grunting you do? Give a martial arts class a shot (pun fully intended!)
- More of a loaner who loves the feeling of a good muscle pump? Do like I do and pop headphones in and hit your big box gym for circuit style training.
Train For Something
Speaking as someone who competed in CrossFit, completed countless road races, triathlons and a fitness competition, some of us just need a goal. Plain and simple. And there’s nothing wrong with it.
There are tons of resources out there to connect with to find your next goal:
- Road race
- Obstacle race (think Spartan Race, Tough Mudder, etc.)
- National Physique Committee
I’ve blogged about the importance of having a friend to workout with if you’re lacking motivation or hesitant to try a new method of exercise. If you’re social and enjoy having the accountability of others, why not consider:
- Inviting a friend/significant other to workout with you (just don’t be offended if they say no – Ken actually despises coming to the gym with me!)
- Joining a group (running, cycling, trail running, hiking clubs are all over the place)
- Signing up for Classpass so you can meet like minded fitness enthusiasts
It may take awhile to find your groove, but you’re worth the investment. Your fitness regimen should be a reflection of you. Take pride in taking care of yourself – mind, body and soul!
And because it’s fall and I’m eating ALL THE PUMPKIN, here’s another yummy recipe packed with protein, healthy fat and complex, slowly digesting carbs!
Pumpkin Protein Balls
- 1/2 cup quick oats
- 1 scoop (30g) protein powder (I used PEScience Select Protein, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup but their Snickerdoodle flavor would probably be even better!)
- 2 tbsp smooth almond butter (I used Buff Bake, Protein Almond Spread, (Birthday Cake) BUT the pumpkin spice would probably be bomb dot com)
- 2 tbsp canned pumpkin puree (I buy the organic version at Trader Joes)
- 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice (Also from TJ’s)
Directions: Combine ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. The batter will seem dry, but keep mixing until all of the protein powder is adsorbed. Roll batter into 6 balls. Store in a plastic container with a lid in the refrigerator.
Makes 6 protein balls
Approximate macros: P5 C8 F4
Recipe adapted from Carrots ‘N’ Cake!