The benefits of having fun with exercise
Who said exercising can’t be fun?
Who said exercising can’t be fun?
Being active doesn’t necessarily mean spending hours in the gym or dragging yourself outside to pound the pavements. The truth is, there are a whole host of enjoyable and interesting ways you can get your body moving and have a great time in the process.
In this blog, we take a look at the benefits of having fun while exercising and some of the ways you can look after your body.
We’ll let you into a little secret – exercising can actually make you feel good! It might not seem like it when you’re feeling a little out of breath and red in the face, but getting your body moving can significantly improve your mood. When you exercise, your body releases a bunch of hormones known as endorphins. Often referred to as ‘happy hormones’, endorphins are designed to trigger a positive feeling in the body, making you more relaxed, calm and happy.
Exercising can also work wonders for your mental health, and what you do with your body can have a powerful, maybe even life-changing effect on your mind. It’s thought that partaking in a little physical activity can help maintain and improve your wellbeing in a number of different ways. It can bring about a sense of heightened self-esteem and self-control, as well as giving you the push you may need to realise your ability to rise to a challenge.
Even though you may not consider yourself to be a total fitness fanatic, making the effort to move your body on a regular basis can play a huge role in boosting your self-confidence – especially if you team up with others. While some people might prefer a solo gym session, getting together with like-minded people to work out could actually make your regime more fun.
Clocking up the kms on the treadmill or burning some calories at a Box Fit class with a workout buddy can keep you motivated and give you a sense of belonging – and there’s no doubt you’ll have a giggle in the process. It’s a win-win situation all round.
If you’ve managed to gather together your pals to join you on your fitness journey, you could look online for fun group exercise ideas. For example, you could arrange weekly meet-ups to power walk or jog around the winding paths of Chavasse Park at Liverpool ONE. Having your mates around you while you work up a sweat could be the motivation you need to keep going – and it’s a great way to fit in a much-needed catch up between laps.
Exercise is for everyone, regardless of age, so embark on a new fitness adventure with your family. Getting your little ones involved is an ideal way to teach them the importance of looking after their physical and mental health – plus they’ll have a whole lot of fun at the same time.
There are so many fun ways to exercise with your family, whether you have tykes or teens. For instance, head out on a hiking adventure or have a splash about at your local swimming pool.
Between going to work, caring for your family and having a social life, you might think there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to take a few minutes for yourself – let alone exercise. The good news is, it can be relatively easy to fit in regular workouts throughout the week without it causing much disruption to the rest of your schedule.
The Gym at Liverpool ONE is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, meaning there’s no reason why you can’t squeeze in a session now and again. In fact, you could even plan your gym visits around your normal routine, such as before or after work, or even during your lunch break.
If you struggle to find the motivation to head to the gym, try signing up for a class. Having a session booked into your diary at a time that’s convenient for you, along with the direction of an instructor, could be just what you need to get moving. The Gym offers a variety of challenging and fun workouts such as Zumba – a favourite among those looking to add a little excitement to their fitness regime. Afterwards, you’ll feel glad you went along – albeit a little sweaty too!
Since exercising and having fun is good for your health, what are you waiting for? Getting your body moving more with some fun activities could help you become a happier and healthier version of yourself.
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