I am a huge advocate of only doing workouts that you like. Some people may argue that you should do the workout that gives you the results you are looking for. Others may say you should vary up the workouts to prevent muscle fatigue.
While I can get behind both of those (for various reasons), the main reason you should do any workout is because you like it. Period.
Why should you only do workouts you like?
1. You will actually do the workout.
2. It will be beneficial to your body and mind
3. You will see results
4. It will be more of a hobby than a “chore”…and everyone likes doing hobbies
5. Nothing will stop you from completing the workout
6. Your life will be exponentially better
You will actually do the workout.
If you are going through a workout that is making you hate every single second, you may begin skimping on the number of reps or just quitting before the end of your session. It is better to enjoy the workout, complete it to your maximum potential, and get excited for the next time you get to work out.
It will be beneficial to your body and mind.
Health is more than just physical—it is important for your mind to be healthy, too. By choosing a workout that you enjoy, you are both physically and mentally taking a break from your day, allowing yourself to step into a blissful sweat sesh. This brief time away from your daily stressors is like a mini vacation for your mind. Endorphins are pumping happy juice into your brain, making you feel happy, and since you are enjoying what you are doing, your mood naturally lifts right from the start.
When you choose a workout that you dislike, you are still producing endorphins which will give you the post-workout high, but your attitude during the workout will be negative, thus defeating the purpose of exercising. Why not choose a workout that makes you happy while doing it, and for hours afterwards??
You will see results.
If you enjoy working out, you will continue to work out, eventually seeing results. And, as I mentioned above, since working out is beneficial to the body and mind, you will see results in your mental health, too.
You don’t need the hardest workout to get results. Whether it be weight loss, muscle definition, stamina, flexibility, or a combination of the above, there are endless workouts you can choose from that will allow you to reach your goals and make you happy while doing it.
It will be more of a hobby than a “chore”…and everyone likes doing hobbies
Sometimes, working out is a turnoff because we think of it as a “chore”. We feel that we have to work out rather than thinking we get to work out. When we frame it in our mind as something that we dread doing, it makes it a lot harder to actually do it.
The best way to think about a workout is to think of it as a hobby, and the best way to think of it as a hobby is to make it exactly that….because you love it. Whether you like it because you see friends you made at the gym, listen to your favorite tunes, or just get a high from hitting your PR (personal record) every session—figure out what makes you like working out most and start practicing your favorite hobby 3-4 times per week.
Nothing will stop you from completing the workout
Per above, if you love little things about the workout like the atmosphere, people, music, etc. it will be very hard to get distracted and find an excuse not to go. Choosing to workout in a beautiful yoga studio with a few of your newly made pals on your gorgeous yoga mat finally mastering your downward dog will always beat doing something else!
Your life will be exponentially better
Could you imagine if your love of going to bottomless brunch on Sundays led to a healthy heart and a great physique? Or if shopping made your skin glow and the pounds just fall off? Switch out those two activities with doing a workout you love and those statements become true!
And, you will reap the emotional benefits of working out such as being happy and more confident. Who doesn’t want that in their life?!
To end on a personal note, I will tell you my experience with doing a workout that I didn’t love vs. one I thoroughly enjoy.
You know that little spinning studio, SoulCycle? The one all of stars do and that has taken over cities across the country? Well, I tried it…twice. It is only a block away from where I live so not only is it super convenient to get to, I thought “well if everyone else is doing it, I must be missing something great.” Wrong. I hated it. Like really, really did not like it at all. Throughout the entire 45 minute class I was angry, frustrated, and thinking of all the ways I could be spending my time than in that studio. Sure, I got a great cardio workout in but who cares? I was miserable, (which is defeating the point of the workout! )
So, I tried it twice (to give it a fair shot) and then made a promise to never do a workout I don’t enjoy again. I stick to the local studio that I love where I have a great relationship with the instructors, see friends I made from attending classes there over the past 2 years, and honestly look forward to the classes I am about to take. And that is what a true workout is—enjoyable, beneficial, results-producing, and down right awesome (for me).