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Best Exercise Motivation Technique? Fun Fitness!

Best Exercise Motivation Technique? Fun Fitness!

Do you have more trouble getting up early to walk than a teenager on a Saturday morning? If you'd rather snooze than hop on a treadmill or take a walk in the park, change what you're doing. The difference between pulling the covers over your head and getting up ready to roll comes down to fun. When you do something you love, you get so distracted that you forget you're "exercising." That's the opposite of what happens when you just do what you've been told -- by us or anyone else.

Okay, we know that "Walk 30 minutes a day" is practically our mantra. We love walking, like 30% of adults. And physical activity is the best way we know to erase stress, increase memory, and avoid heart disease, stroke, and cancer, not to mention impotence and wrinkles. (Hey, guys! Here's how you can walk away from erectile dysfunction.)

But we bet our pedometers that avid tennis players would rather do footwork drills than walk. And that people who want to be top speedsters in their spin class will hop on their bikes with a smile.

5 ways to make exercise a habit you'll love

If you haven't found an activity that's almost as much fun as sex, keep looking. Try skating, urban rebounding, taking a Zumba class, or all three. (Variety is spice for your mind and muscles.) Think back to activities you loved as a kid. Were you a double-dutch champ? Buy a beaded rope and start skipping; teach your kids how to do jumping jacks. Then, next time you hear us, say, "Walk 30 minutes a day, no excuses," grab your rope and blow us off. 

Medically reviewed in December 2019.

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