3 Ways to Add More Joy to Your Workout
Recently a friend of mine invited me to an evening hot yoga class. I said yes and registered online but throughout it all my mind was trying to scare me with comments like “It’s been sooo long since you’ve done hot yoga—you’re not going to make it” and “You’re out of shape” to “It’s too dark and cold at that time.” I pretty much ran through every excuse not to go and even on the day of had to fight the impulse to cancel the class. I ended up going and guess what, I actually ENJOYED it. I even THANKED my friend for the invitation to go.
I assure you that my satisfaction with the class was not predicated on how well I performed the asanas–I promise I rested in Child’s pose and modified moves several times throughout the hour-long class. My enjoyment had all to do with how I shifted my MINDSET. I left my yoga class feeling extremely humbled and grateful.
If you’re feeling stuck and uninspired with your workout, here are 3 effective yet simple strategies to add more JOY to your movement.
Tip 1️⃣: Practice Gratitude.
The moment I told myself to stop hating every sweat-drenched second of the class and to shift my attention on being grateful for the ability to move my body and the opportunity to nurture it’s strength and flexibility was the moment I stopped resisting and started being present. From that point on, every asana was a chance to be present in my body and present in my mind.
Tip 2️⃣: Change up your routine.
Sometimes routines get dull. I can relate as I’ve spent years alternating between weights, yoga, and zumba when I would get bored. That’s why Classpass has been great for me and why I enjoy HIIT and circuit-style training more than other types of workouts. If you find yourself getting bored of your usual workout, try something new! Take a hot yoga class, a pole dancing class (it’s a workout I swear), or even change up the location or time in which you workout. A little variety is the spice of life.
Tip 3️⃣: Find a Community.
In community we can find connection and accountability. Tired of working out alone? Ask a friend or join a local gym or studio where there are people actively supporting each other to be committed. Looking forward to seeing your workout family might be just the extra motivation you need.
Disclaimer: This is not to say that if you’re feeling sick or sore that you should force your body to workout. Movement is not punishment. However, if you’re feeling mental blocks toward physical activity, these 3 tips can be helpful in getting past those hurdles.