How To Enjoy Working Out- Teens fitness tips

Is it possible to ever learn how to enjoy working out if you dread exercising? What if I told you that you could actually love exercising and not want to kill yourself after a ten minute workout?

I am not going to pretend that I 💯 enjoy exercising or that I am now addicted to working out, but these are some of the tips that have helped me enjoy working out even more.

Disclaimer: I just want to mention that I am neither a fitness instructor nor an expert in health and fitness. Most of the knowledge I have is what I’ve read and seen on the internet. These tips come from my personal experience and so should not be regarded as the “Ultimate” solution for everybody.

1. Start Small

It’s unrealistic to try to achieve a thousand jumping jacks in a day, or five hundred Burpees at once or to run a marathon in a week. Just like every other thing, the best way to enjoy working out is to slowly ease into it.

If you’re new to working out, you may be overwhelmed by some of the fitness programs and exercises you’ll see on the internet. They’re tons of body movements with even complex variations and jumping right into doing these exercises is not safe.

It may give soreness in the wrong places, lead to injuries and cause dissatisfaction. Star by doing low impact workouts. Begin by doing simple exercises first. Do fewer reps or shorter period and slowly increase your pace as you move on.

For beginners I recommend doing EMI Wong’s workouts on YouTube. They’re super fun, beginner friendly and still manage to give you a bit of challenge to help increase your strength. (Not sponsored, I just really like her workouts.)

How to enjoy working out- 10 tips

2. Find the right workout.

There are thousands of workout videos on YouTube alone. If you add that of Pinterest, Instagram and even Tiktok, it could be over a million. So, finding the perfect workout routine for your goals is quite difficult.

However, the key is to keep searching. Check out workout routines that are related to your fitness goals and test them. You could do them for a week or few days to see the one that works for you. If possible, you can even create your own workout routine! Just follow this simple guide on how to create the perfect exercise routine you’ll stick to.

Remember, a good workout routine:

  • Must be something you enjoy!
  • Not too complex so that you can actually do the movements properly.
  • Neither too easy or too hard. It should be challenging enough to make you work a sweat, but should not lead to injuries.

3. Think of it as a habit not a chore

Often time we think of exercising as something we must do or as a “chore” that must be met in order to achieve our fitness goals. This idea can only get us so far.

The idea to actually enjoying your workouts is to think of them not as a chore, but as a habit. That is, a good lifestyle change you are trying to make. Exercising is not just something that needs to be done so that we can check if off our daily to-do list.

it takes 21 days to make or break a habit
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4. Wear Comfy workout gears

There is no obvious way on how to enjoy working out than wearing the appropriate outfit; nice fitting pants, tops, a nice footwear and preferably a good sports bra. (for females)

Wearing clothes that are too tight or too loose to workout is bad. You risk the chances of not doing the exercises well, being in the wrong form and getting distracted.

If your pants are too loose, you’ll find yourself dragging up the waist line every second. Tight clothes will have you rubbing off an itch on your thigh. Good shoes will not come off your feet when running or give you toe sores afterwards.

good workout clothes
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5. Be More Intentional with your movements. (Mind-Muscle connection)

Do not rush the exercises just because you want to get it done as quickly as possible. If you do, you may end up neglecting your form or not engaging the right muscles, thereby risking the chances of getting injuries.

In order to enjoy the exercises, you have to feel it. Establish a Mind-Muscle connection. Picture yourself doing the exercise and engage those muscles you need to achieve that movement perfectly.

Go slowly, it’s not about how many reps you get but how many good reps you get.

Remember to breathe and embrace the burn!!- Emi Wong

6. Reward Yourself For the little accomplishments

Set little goals for yourself and reward yourself each time you complete them. For instance, make a goal to do cardio three times in a week and reward yourself by buying that dress you love. Go for a spa treatment after going to the gym consistently for an entire month.

NEVER reward yourself with excessive food or extra calories. You may be reversing the effects of your workout.

7. Find Your Method: Reps or Time?

There are two ways to measure how much exercise you’re doing: you either count your reps, or you track your time. No method surpasses the other because people have their preferences. I personally prefer timing myself because I like to test my endurance as I’m working out.

I would suggest using reps as a beginner because it gives you a clear goal count of what you want to achieve. As you progress, add more reps to increase the difficulty so as to continue to see results.

8. Grease the groove

Greasing the groove is a training principle used to increase neurological pathways, gain strength and improve your ability to perform a tasks.

In exercising, it involves exercising in little chunks. This method can make your workouts more bearable as you can divide them into smaller sessions to do overtime.

For instance, if your goal is to get hundred squats done everyday, do ten squats each time you get up to do something or even do a squat hold while using the toilet.

Greasing the groove is a great technique that is very useful in every of your life.

greasing the groove makes exercising more enjoyable
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9. Track Progress in every way possible.

One of the ways we get motivated to workout is seeing changes in our body because seeing results from your workouts makes you want to do them even more!

Most people spend half of their time looking at the number on the scale in order to check their progress. While this understandable, looking at the bathroom scale every morning might not be the ideal way to track your progress. This is because:

  • Our weight fluctuates, which is natural and is as a result of our metabolic activities throughout the day. Thus, your weight at morning may be different from your weight at night.
  • As we exercise, we tend to build muscle and muscles weigh more than fat. You may be losing fat and gaining muscle at the same time thus making the number not to change much

They’re other ways to measure your progress such as taking before and after pictures, measuring strength and endurance and measuring inches or centimeters around targeted body parts.

The more you notice these changes, the more you learn how to enjoy working out.

10. Tidy your kitchen.

When I say “tidy your kitchen”, rest assured I do not mean literally. Exercising is good, but what you eat plays the most part. You could spend hours at the gym to burn as much calories as you can, but a carefree trip to the nearest fast food can undo everything.

Do not cut out carbs, sugar and junk completely or embark on one of the numerous crash diets on the internet because they might not be sustainable, but making a few simple changes can help.

Eat more whole foods instead of processed or prepackaged. Rather than dining frequently at a fast food, try and cook your meals at home if you have the time. Drink water before every meal- that way you’re less likely to overeat and apply the 80:20 rule “eighty percent healthy foods, twenty percent junk“.

You cannot outrun a bad diet.

Finally, remember that consistency is key. Don’t try to copy other people or compare your workout results to other people’s result because we are all different. What works for other people may not work for you and vice versa.

Put in the work, be patient and you will definitely see results!

I hope you enjoyed this article, if you did please leave a comment below with your thoughts, share this with a friend (or fitness buddy:-) and don’t forget to subscribe to get new posts directly in your inbox.

Stay safe, Stay happy.

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2 thoughts on “How To Enjoy Working Out- Teens fitness tips”

  1. Love this awesome guide on how to really enjoy exercising! I aim for twenty to thirty minute workouts, turn on some music, and try to enjoy every second of it. 🙂

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