Health & Fitness
  • Upbeat Playlist

    Upbeat Playlist

    If you exercise in silence, you’re missing out on fun for your ears and feet. Many people enjoy working out to a fast beat and cheerful lyrics. (Researchers are studying if up-tempo music helps us work out longer.) Save those fave tunes for workouts to give yourself an incentive to get up and move.

  • Grab a Pal

    Grab a Pal

    Why not add “fitness night” to the list of fun ways to spend time with a buddy? Partner exercise means you get to hang out ­and perhaps strengthen your relationship – while you work out. Turn up the laughs during a power walk, get closer during partner yoga, or even try a dance class together.

  • Try Something New

    Try Something New

    Doing the same workout day after day may be boring for your body and your mind. Stir things up. If you always pass a fun class on your way to the treadmill, sign up. If you usually walk around a track, try some hills or even some stadium stairs. You just may discover a new passion.

  • Enter a Race

    Enter a Race

    If your workouts are dragging, set a goal like completing a 5k or fundraising for a diabetes walk. Adding purpose to daily sweat sessions can bring a spark back to your training and may even motivate you to work harder. If it’s your first race, you’re guaranteed that your time will be a personal best!

  • Break it Up

    Break it Up

    150 minutes of exercise per week is recommended for most adults, but you needn’t do it all at once. Working out in 10-minute chunks might help avoid boredom and may even inspire you to fit in new forms of exercise, like a midday dance party, a super-charged session of core work, or an after-dinner walk.

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Whistle While You Work Out

5 ways to make fitness fun

I’m sure you’ve heard that exercise is good for you. Regular workouts may help manage your weight, help improve some measures of health, and perhaps even help you sleep better. But you may not get the benefits if the idea of exercising fills you with dread. In my experience, when fitness feels like a chore, it’s hard to make it a priority.

That’s why I think it’s so important to make fitness fun! Consider the shared smile between exercisers climbing a hill in cycling class; the surge of emotion that comes from running to your favorite song; the freedom you feel when dancing to your favorite tunes. It’s moments like these that may make fitness feel like something to look forward to, rather than just a way to burn calories. Talk to your diabetes care team about changing or starting an exercise program, and then consider these five tricks to help add more joy to your active time. I hope they will help motivate you and make exercise more fun, and maybe even help you to commit to making it a habit.

Jessica Cassity is a health reporter for SELF, Fitness, and Shape magazines, and the author of Better Each Day: 365 Expert Tips for a Healthier, Happier You. She is a Portland-based Pilates and yoga teacher and blogs at thehappyandhealthyblog.com. Cassity is a paid contributor for The DX. All opinions contained in this article reflect those of the contributor and interviewees, and not of Sanofi US, its employees, agencies, or affiliates.

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