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Hate exercise? 6 ways to make working out more bearable

There are things in life that we find boring and unenjoyable. For me, that's cooking dinner, ugh its just a total mind numbing drain. But, I know if I want to eat healthy and I want my kids to eat healthy, I just have to get on with it and cook. I know that for some people, their 'drain' is working out. We are all aware that of the need to exercise to be healthy, but for some it is tedious, monotonous and dull. In my job as a personal trainer, I need to identify ways to motivate people. What works for one person won't work for another. With only 6 weeks until Christmas, rock the festive season as a fitter and healthier you, take a look at my 6 tips on making exercise more enjoyable.

1 The right clothes & shoes

If you don't feel comfortable and supported when you exercise you will loath every minute of your workout session. You don't need to spend a fortune to find good quality activewear. Some of my favourite affordable brands are the Michelle Bridges range at Big W, Target, Cotton On Body and TK Max. If you're willing to spend a little bit more, I do love Lorna Jane and Lulu Lemon leggings. I would recommend getting some proper shoes fitted , especially if you're going to be hitting the pavement walking or running.

2 Increase your incidental exercise

More movement means burning more calories. Set a daily steps target, start at 7,000 a day and gradually increase to 10,000. Be mindful to incorporate regular movement breaks throughout the day, particularly if you have a sedentary job.

3 Find a short walking route

Motivating yourself to do a 15-20 minute walk doesn't take too much effort. It's also easy to fit into your daily schedule. Get yourself a pair of wireless headphones so you can listen to music or podcasts while you walk. You can even use those wireless headphones to phone a friend and have a chat while and the time will fly.

4 Find your fitness family

Working out with other people helps to distract you from being bored and giving up. If you have arranged to meet somebody or registered for a group class you are more motivated to turn up. It's easier to throw in the towel when you're exercising alone in your lounge room, you will find you are less likely to quit when there are witnesses around.

5 Invest in a personal trainer

I come across so many people who have gym memberships that they don't use. They may have signed up with good intentions but somewhere along the way they lost the drive. Those weekly memberships add up, you may be better off investing in a few sessions with a Personal Trainer who will write you a program, show you a variety of exercises and identify what style of training motivates you.

6 Instead of one long session, do shorter workouts over multiple sessions.

I love to break up my workouts for my clients into segments. Using things like EMOM's (Every Minute on the Minute) or AMRAP's (As Many Rounds as Possible) keeps things interesting and seems to make the time fly. These are great mini workouts to keep a track of how your fitness level is improving. Try the beginner workouts below. Keep your sessions interesting by changing up the exercises and/or reps. You can have a theme such as an abdominal workout or lower body.

AMRAP- Set a timer for 10 minutes and do as many rounds as possible.

  • 10 Push ups

  • 20 Air squats or squat jumps

  • 30 Crunches

  • 40 Lunges (20 each side)

  • 50 Squat pulses

EMOM - Download a basic interval timer on your phone (I use GymBoss). Set your timer to go off every minute for 7 minutes. Every minute you must complete the following exercises.

  • 10 Squats or squat jumps

  • 10 Push ups

  • 10 Tricep dips (off a chair or bench)

  • Hold a plank for the remainder of the minute

Next Month will cover all things exercise and New Year Resolution

Sarah runs bootcamp classes at Ryde Park for MF Fitness. For more information on classes or one on one personal training services.

Sarah Hanna Fitness

M: 0405 417 388

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