Fun: The forgotten aspect of Fitness

My folks staying young!
My folks staying young!

Once upon a time, the word “recess” used to inspire anticipation. We looked forward to playing tag, or being the first to the swing set, or grabbing the football and teaming up with your friends against the other dreaded 5th graders.

As a kid, spending time out on the playground wasn’t dreamed of as punishment – it was something to look forward to, something to be enjoyed! Those 30 minutes of freedom outside of the classroom were sometimes the best part of gradeschool.

Now when we think about running across a field or swinging on a jungle gym, many think  its a sport for a younger generation. It’s something your kids do, or even your grand kids, but certainly not you. I’ll watch from here, you go have fun. I’ll get my workout at the gym later.

What happened? When did fitness stop being fun?

Something that always gets pushed to the wayside of fitness it the importance of having a good time. Yes, it’s difficult. Yes, you will break a sweat when doing it. But going to the gym shouldn’t be something that you dread. It should be something you look forward to. Otherwise, what is going to bring you back to the gym on those days that you can’t find any other motivation?

I have a mission for you this week. Spend one hour and do something that you enjoy, but haven’t made time to do recently. Maybe it’s riding your bike down at Fishermans Wharf. Maybe it’s shooting some hoops with your kids or some friends at the office. Maybe it’s as simple as getting on a swing, like my parents! The important thing is to get outside and enjoy doing something active that you don’t normally do. Riding your bike or jumping on the swings will still give you a workout, even if it might not feel like it at the time.

That’s one of the reasons I have put together these 21 day boot camps you might be participating in. Yes, it’s a workout, and yes, we are working toward results. It’s uncomfortable at times, and extremely difficult to get the results we want. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun as we do it!

Don’t make your fitness something to dread. Have fun with it. Enjoy it! Do that, and you may find your schedule has more time for fitness.

When you’re ready to make the change and have fun doing it, email me about getting started on your 21 day plan. We will get you signed up and ready to go!