Critical Concept: Our modern culture is desperately deficient in Vitamin F – fun. When was the last time you saw someone on a treadmill laughing? And I don’t mean because the TV looming above their head was featuring some outrageous guest on the Jerry Springer show. I mean that they were truly having fun?
DREAD working our? This will never work. You cannot expect to successfully maintain a regimen that you detest doing. You will always find a way to avoid, make excuses around, or straight out sabotage your fitness effort if you dread your program. So don’t do it.
Choose the activities that you love to do and get to it.
Build your passions into your fitness program. If you love swimming – make it the anchor of your fitness program. If you hate running – don’t build your routine around running. Fill your activity calendar with the things that you love doing. If you love to be outside, don’t plan on spending every day on a stair climber in your basement.
You must focus on outdoor activities, you body craves fresh air and sunlight. If you are very social, join a club or a team.
Ultimately your health goals should include you achieving well-rounded, balanced fitness. This opens the door to a great variety of choices for activities. Don’t be narrow minded when designing your conditioning program. Open yourself to the possibility of trying a new sport or getting back to one that you loved, but lost years ago.
Committing to a team leverages a powerful source of social influence. If you have a group of people who are expecting you to show up and have fun with them, you are far more likely to make time for it.
A vital behavior is to schedule it and do it at the same time. Your body and nervous system love a routine. Don’t expect that you’ll simply “find time” to have fun.
You must also schedule some “spontaneous time.” As paradoxical as that may sound, in today’s culture if you don’t write it into your day-timer, life will fill in the blanks. Schedule your playtime and downtime.
Ask yourself the most revealing question: What do I really love doing?