Enjoying Every Workout*

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Do you ever think to yourself that you just aren’t a “gym person?” If so, know that you aren’t alone. Sure, there are some people who live for every moment at the gym, whether it is for their time on the treadmill or an hour lifting weights. However, you don’t have to feel this way to be able to manage through a workout of your own.

It is actually really common for those who are new to working out to feel a little bit of hesitation when it comes to actually exercising. The reality is that exercise is hard work, and sometimes, especially after a long day at the office or when you are dealing with different stressful issues with family and friends, you just don’t want to put in that extra work.

Exercise and Entertainment

Finding a way to really enjoy your workout can make a huge difference in your ability to keep up with your weight loss plans. When your workout becomes something that helps you to destress by giving you a bit of time to yourself, then it becomes a lot easier to keep up with your workout plans, and therefore easier to keep up with your weight loss goals.

Here are a few strategies that can help you find the most enjoyment out of every workout:

  • If you have trouble motivating yourself to head out alone, try finding a buddy. A work friend or neighbor who you already see often is an ideal candidate for a good workout partner.
  • Download a motivational workout app. There are a million different fitness apps on the market, and these are great tools to help you track your workout, which can be really motivating when you think that your workouts aren’t making an impact. Every time you work out you are one step closer to that healthy lifestyle you dream of, and a workout app that tracks every step can help you to see that better.
  • Listen to audiobooks. Life is busy, and sometimes it is difficult to keep up with the things you love most. If you find you don’t have much time to read anymore, then perhaps listening to audiobooks while you work out can help. You can access audiobooks through apps like Audible, or for free through your public library extension app like Libby.
  • Try podcasts. If you aren’t into audiobooks, but like the idea of being distracted with something other than music, then podcasts may be the answer. There are podcasts on just about anything you are interested in, from sports to politics to fan fiction.

Of course, if none of these ideas sound too entertaining, you could always try exploring different music. Listening to music is one of the most common things to do while working out, and for good reason. A great playlist can motivate you to push yourself as hard as you can while entertaining you all the while.

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*Weight loss surgery results vary between individuals depending on the initial weight, medical conditions and adherence to prescribed treatments. Speak to Dr. Bass about the results you can expect.