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.