How Do You Love Fitness: 9 Tips

During your fitness journey, do you feel obliged to perform those exercises? Or do you do it because you love it? There are a lot of people out there who don’t love to exercise. They don’t even know why they’re doing it.

The truth is, if you don’t love what you’re doing, you will never see results. Maybe you don’t feel inspired before or during your fitness exercise.

But here’s the thing, do you know that you can go from hating exercise to loving it? Yes, it’s possible and a lot of people did that already. They were able to embrace the change and were more committed. They learn that loving fitness becomes a strong tool to getting the body that they dreamed of.

I’ve started my fitness journey because I want to punish myself for gaining too much weight. After months, I’ve realized that I don’t love it. So I’ve tried to change some things.

In this article, I provided that 9 tips on how you will love fitness. Whether you’re a newbie or a weekend lifter, use these tips to change your fitness game.

1. Remember Why You Started

Have you experienced being bullied because you’re so fat or thin? Then by the next day, you started waking up early because you want a big change for your body. I’ve been there, I experience being bullied because I was so skinny. I worked out hard and I was consistent.

Sometimes, I feel like I want to give up, but I know that I can’t because I always need to remember why I started. I started because of the painful words that other people said. I started because people said that I will fail.

When you feel like giving up, remember that pain is temporary and greatness lasts forever.

In this way, you feel will motivated and will surely fall in love with the process. Always ask yourself why you started and make no excuses. The more you will become hungry to reach your goals no matter what obstacles you will face.

2. Perform the Exercises that You Love

To love fitness, you need to perform your favorite exercises so that you’ll be more confident and engaged in your workout. If you perform an exercise that you don’t like, you’ll get bored.

“Doing the exercises that you love will make you more productive and enthusiastic.” -Marlon B. Fitness Enthusiast

If you don’t know yet what’s your favorite exercise, take some time to find it. Think back to what exercise you’re comfortable performing. Explore different options and grab a pen to take note of it.

You can enhance your fitness journey when performing the exercises that you love. I don’t recommend forcing yourself to perform a specific workout that you don’t even love. I know there’s another choice.

Do you want to lose weight and don’t love to jog? Go for jumping ropes. Hate doing barbell bench presses? Go for dumbbells, the range of motion is much greater compared to barbells. There are plenty of exercises out there to achieve your fitness goal.

Perform with whatever you enjoyed the most so that you will love the process. It took me a long time to discover what are my favorite exercises, but with solid research and long patience, I learned what exercises are my favorites. You weren’t born to do exercises you hate, do what you love so you will stick with it.

3. Gear Up by Wearing Your Favorite Fitness Attire

If you’re going to wear the attire you hate, you won’t feel excited or motivated to do the exercise. Wearing your favorite fitness attire can greatly impact your mood. Every time I wear my favorite fitness attire, I feel like it adds additional power. I can lift heavy weights and I have a positive mood at the gym.

Your fitness attire plays a big role during your workout. It’s like self-expression. The feeling of going to the gym and lifting the weights in front of the mirror, and you love what you see. You deserve to look your best even though that attire will be wet by your sweat.

One of my gym partners told me that he loves to wear his red Dri-fit shirt during chest day because he feels it increases his physical energy. For his cardio, he likes to wear his long sleeve Dri-fit shirt because he feels it symbolizes freedom to run.

4. Never Compare Yourself To Others

For real, I always tell a lot of people who are just starting into fitness that they must never compare themselves to other people. When you compare yourself, you damage your image.

“Comparison is the Thief of Joy” -Theodore Roosevelt

You won’t love fitness if you go to the gym and you keep on looking at other people. It won’t help you to achieve your dream body because you are envious of others. You will always lose because you don’t know your worth.

I know that there are healthy competitions. But we can’t deny the fact that a lot of people are still negatively comparing themselves.

“He has big muscles and six-pack abs” then, who cares? Focus on your exercise and do your best. You will lose motivation if you want the results that others have accomplished. You will never love fitness when you keep looking at other people.

Always remember that if you want to achieve your dream body, everything takes time. Someday, you will also achieve that. Just make sure that you move at your own pace. Direct your energy towards your goals to achieve them.

5. Track Your Progress

When you track your progress, you will see the results of your hard works. It’s more fun and the more you will fall in love with the process. You will see your strengths and weaknesses. When done consistently, it reduces failure in the future, and the more you will love to work more.

Here’s the thing, you can also track your happiness from your fitness journey. No need to install an app, you can put it in your journal. Share how your experience was from today’s activities. When you start tracking progress, also consider if you’re going to be happy with it.

One of my fitness trainers told me that, “when you start tracking progress, the faster you will see success and the more you love the activity.” I will never forget that.

What I usually do when I start tracking my progress, I also set goals. The pull-ups that I can do, the distance that I can run, and the weights that I can lift. In that way, I will strive more and beat my previous performance.

6. Apply the Goldilocks Rule

You would surely love fitness if you apply the goldilocks rule. The Goldilocks rule states that:

“Human experience peak motivation when working on tasks that are right on the edge of their current abilities. Not too hard. Not too easy. Just right.”

What this means is, for you to be happy with what tasks you’re working on, you need a suitable level of difficulty, not too easy and not too hard.

How can you apply this to fitness? If you’re trying to lose weight, it means finding exercises or activities that will challenge you and not drain you.

You need to accept that there’s no such thing as overnight success. You need to be consistent every day. Why would you jog for 40 minutes if all you can do is in 20 minutes? In your fitness journey, look for a manageable difficulty.

Your brain loves a challenge, only if it is within your area of difficulty. If you’re an expert in pull-ups and try to perform 1 set of 10 reps, you will get bored, it won’t challenge you. But if you execute 10 sets of 20 reps with 100 pounds of weighted pull-ups, you will lose motivation because it’s too difficult.

Now consider doing pull-ups with an equal amount of sets and reps. You have a good chance that you can perform it perfectly, only if you try. The distraction will fade away and you will notice that you’re willing to do it because the level of difficulty is just manageable.

7. Focus on the Outcome, Not the Obstacle

I know it’s hard when you do cardio for 1 hour or lift heavy squats, but if you think of the outcome, you will have a positive mindset. You need to imagine where you want to end up. I know the feeling of doing cardio and your legs just want to give up already, but think of the goal. The goal that you want to lose weight and look fit for the next 3 months.

Every time I lift heavy squats, I just want to drop them off and lessen the weights. But, I can’t because I want to have toned quads. In my fitness journey, I always try to remember not to give up when times are tough. I need to be laser-focused on the outcome.

It is easy to forget about the obstacles when you are committed to the outcome. There’s nothing that will stop you. Always focus on the end game because this is the key to success.

8. Listen to Your Favorite Music

Don’t be surprised by this, I know it’s so boring when you work out without a piece of music. When you listen to music, it can enhance your performance. Every time I listen to music and lift weights, I feel I can lift more.

It can also keep you away from other distractions and boredom. If I want to double my performance at the gym, I make sure that I will bring my earphones. Sometimes, I will use the speaker at the gym.

When I want to jog early in the morning, I just can’t jog if there’s no music. I don’t have the energy to finish my cardio. When there’s music, I’m comfortable performing any exercise and I extend beyond my capacity. I grind longer and harder if the music that is playing is my favorite.

I’m not saying that it’s a medication for pain, but when you want to perform certain exercises or activities, and you want to forget the pain in your body, listen to music. It can distract you from pains during exercise and it will help you to push more.

9. Reward Yourself for Every Achievement

Don’t be too hard on yourself. Reward yourself so that there’s something you can look forward to. When you achieve something such as losing weight, gaining muscle, or you’ve been consistent on your workout for a month. Reward yourself because you deserve it.

Make a small reward for yourself, maybe it’s a cheat day or you can party after 3 months of consistent exercise. I would suggest that you will only allow this if you achieved your goal. Don’t reward yourself if you know you didn’t work hard. Use it to build momentum so you will strive more.

Let’s say for example you lose 10 pounds for 2 months, give yourself a treat so that you will be happy. I know you’ve made a lot of sacrifices to achieve that. You won’t love fitness if you always suffer from working out and eating less, nobody likes that.

Imagine that you put all your energy and hard work into your health but you don’t get anything. It doesn’t feel good. You will feel empty inside and may suffer from burnout. That’s why rewarding yourself for every achievement is very important.

Lorofy
Lorofy

Hey! I'm Lorofy, I'm a politician in our Local Government Unit and a Church Leader. I'm a dedicated leader in our community and an ambassador of goodwill. I became a motivator and an advocate for men who are looking for meaning in life and on how to reach their full potential. I'm also a fitness enthusiast and consider fitness as my everyday expertise.