As a child, I remember coming home from school and asking my mother if I could go out and play. I rode my little red bike hundreds of miles (about 500) each Summer; all in a 1/2 mile radius. I enjoyed playing hide-and-go-seek in the corn fields and softball with the neighbors. In the winter, I would go out skating or sledding and be out until my clothes were completely frozen and the moon was the only light to get me back to the house. All those trips up that hill when sledding, all those miles on the bike, all that walking … none of it was work, it wasn’t exercise, it was fun. I looked forward to getting home so I could go out and play; It felt good and it made me happy.
As I reflect, I relate a few elements to this joy. One significant element was the creativity and imagination of this playtime where I could just pretend. I had no limits beyond my own imagination. Another was the social aspect, I enjoyed playing with friends. It was nice to see my friends and we could be creative in a way I couldn’t when I played alone. Then there was the physicality of it all. I didn’t truly appreciate it then, but I recognize it now. I would go out and play and I didn’t seem to have any physical limitations.
Imagine if you could feel that way about your workouts. Imagine getting out of work at the end of the day, and you are looking forward to going to the gym to “play” with your friends. The gym can be that place. There are games, I mean exercises which you can do alone or with other people which make your time at the gym fun. It could be simply jogging on the treadmill with a friend, or tossing a medicine ball around. Let’s not leave out the rubber bands, use your friend as an anchor and do some twists. You will find a smile appearing on your face and before you know it, you will actually be having fun.
I want for Right Now Fitness to become that place you want to go to, a place to have fun. How do you make your workouts fun?