How to Make Working Out Suck Less
I hate working out. Like, I loathe it. I think people who enjoy running are freaks of nature that should be studied by scientists. Unfortunately though, I (like the rest of the human population) need to workout to stay healthy, so I've made a list of 5 things that make it a little less horrible.
1. Look Cute while Doing It
I got new workout clothes for Christmas, and I honestly want to workout more because I have special clothes to wear while doing it. I highly recommend this strategy because it doubles as an incentive and reason for working out. One way to get really cute workout clothes is through a Fabletics account. Fabletics is awesome because the clothes are amazingly cheap, and the website personalizes your shopping through a quiz that asks you about where you workout, your favorite clothing patterns, and your body type. It’s free to sign up for an account, so give it a try! Peep these blue leggings that are only $19.97 for a glimpse of what you'll find on the rest of the website.
2. Phone a Friend
I used to have a rule about never going to the gym with other people because the idea of anyone I knew seeing me in my sweaty state was not ideal. However, I recently started going to the gym with some friends, and I ended up staying longer and working out harder because of a weird combination of motivation and competition. It’s good to have an accountability buddy, so bring a friend who won’t judge you when you can only do 10 crunches, and you’ll see results in no time.
Obvious point, but working out is way harder if your body isn’t prepared for the rough times you’re about to put it through. Make sure you drink plenty of water before, during, and after your exercise routine. You’ll be amazed by how much easier it is to run that extra five minutes if you have enough H2Go (lame but I love it) in your system.
4. Get a Bumpin' Playlist
Working out without music is excruciating because there is nothing to distract you from your own out-of-shapeness. I always feel more able to workout when I have good music to push me, and it’s easier to go just a little further if I tell myself, “Just run until the end of Partition” (thanks Beyoncé). Check out ANNA’s Spotify account for some suggestions on exercise tunes.
5. Don’t Overwork Yourself
Number five is probably the most important on the list because I think it is the leading cause of giving up on a workout plan. Expecting to go to the gym for an hour everyday right away is unrealistic, and you’ll just end up disappointed with yourself if you fail. Reaching your health goal is so much easier if you set little goals for yourself and build up to harder workouts. Exercise should be about getting to a place in which you feel good, and you can only do that if you leave the workout feeling proud of yourself. So work hard, but remember your limits. Just be proud that you made it to the gym, ya know?
Feature photo by Marh Fehr.