One aspect of working out that people seldom pay attention to is their own enjoyment of it. After all, if your goal is to lose weight or to build muscle, why would it matter how much you enjoy your workouts? The reality is, however, that it really does matter. It plays a big part in your motivation, in your workout habits, and ultimately on your physique.
A lot of people approach working out as a chore. It’s something they dread doing, but do it because they “have to” in order to get fit.
Yet the people who truly get fit tend to be the people who have a very different attitude. The people who really build the kinds of bodies they want are the people who look forward to every workout.
They’re the people who will go for a jog or go weightlifting if they have nothing else to do. They’re the people who’ll voluntarily read books on the subject, just to further their education.
So how do you develop a love for working out if it doesn’t come to you naturally?
Learn to Enjoy the Burn
The burning sensation that you feel when you’re working out can either be extremely unpleasant or one of the most motivating feelings in the world.
That burning feeling is a sign that you’re achieving the goals you want. It’s a sign that your body is changing. It’s a sign that you’re moving forward. Once you can make that link on both a conscious and unconscious level, every time you feel the burn it’ll feel great rather than bad.
It’ll also become a personal challenge to you. How much of the burn can you feel, while pushing through? Instead of being an annoying sensation, it becomes a workout buddy. It becomes the challenge of the workout.
Losing weight might be your long-term goal, but in the workout itself, the burn gives you something to shoot for at the moment: to push through that next set and to go further.
What You Eat Makes a Difference
Trying to do a workout when you’re feeling lethargic isn’t fun. On the other hand, when you’re bursting with energy, working out is just a natural inclination.
The food you eat has a huge impact on your overall energy and physical wellbeing, which in turn has a big impact on how much you enjoy your workouts.
If you aren’t paying attention to your food, it’s time to start. Not only does it affect your workout, but it has a huge impact on your body composition. In fact, your body is shaped more by what you eat than your exercise routine.