Beliefs,  Change Your Mindset,  Exercise,  Nutrition

Don’t Forget To Have FUN

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Who doesn’t love to have fun?

I don’t think a single one of us would say we didn’t.  But yet we spend SO MUCH of our lives not having fun.

Especially when it comes to our responsibilities, or things we feel like we HAVE to do.

I’ve got a little truth bomb for ya: you can make anything fun.

Fun is in your mind.  It’s not about what’s happening around you.

My husband is a perfect example of this.  He can be the ONLY one dancing at a party or concert and have the time of his life.  No one else can be enjoying themselves and he will just JAM the freak OUT.  Because he knows that he makes his own fun.  With how he’s thinking.

You can apply this to almost anything too.  Wouldn’t work be like 34,234,951 times better if you made a game out of it?  That your to-do list was the most fun thing possible because every time you check something off the list you get to get up and do a happy dance?

What if you applied it to getting healthy?  I wonder how fun you could make it.  I’m curious what ideas you could come up with.  I’m POSITIVE that if you teamed up with someone it would make it more fun.  I know for a FACT that there are hundreds, if not thousands of people in your area that enjoy working out together.

Here are a few ways that I’ve made my wellness journey more fun:

I started with an open, curious mind.

If you start with thoughts like, “This will never work” or “I hate eating healthy SO much”, you’ll stay stuck.  If you choose thoughts like, “This could be fun” or “I’m sure I’ll find ways to make this work for me”, then you stay open to possibilities and you turn your brain ON, rather than shutting it off.

I think about healthy food as a plug and play system.

I don’t really think about food that much.  I’ve come up with a system that works perfectly for me where I know what types of food to eat (protein, carbs, veggies, fruits, healthy fats, etc), when to eat them, and how much of each, and then I just plug them in and go.  No overthinking.

Occasionally I’ll make a new fun healthy recipe, but that’s not really my jam.  If I want to eat something fun and different that’s healthy, I’d much rather go out to eat and have someone make it for me.  But if you love to cook and find it fun, then Pinterest is RIPE with awesome, delicious, healthy recipes.

Keeping my food simple leaves more room in my brain to think of fun things to do that don’t involve food.

I found exercise that was fun to do for me.

When I first started my journey, I went to a Zumba class that I had a Groupon for.  I loved that dang class, and the instructor was so fun.  It kept me motivated to exercise, because I had a blast every time.

It’s one of the first times I can remember thinking, “I would love to do this for a job–help people have fun doing something good for them!”

Now I love almost ALL types of exercise, especially weight lifting.  But I’m a big believer in finding exercise that’s fun first, then working up from there.  Once you feel the effects of consistent exercise, you’ll get hooked on it.

It’s SUPER fun to feel energized and strong, guys.

I have tried to invite people along with me to work out or eat healthy.

It’s so fun and motivating to work towards a health goal with a group of people (or even just one good friend) that are working for the same thing.

You can come up with prizes, a point system, or just meet up regularly to exercise and maybe go for smoothies after or something.

But companionship and community can make a huge difference when you’re trying to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

Dope music.  Period.

Music makes everything better.  (I should do a post on my favorite workout jams.  Remind me to do that for you guys.)

Music helps me push through my workouts, and it’s also fun to have while preparing food.  Win-win!

 

These are just a few of the things that you can try, but they’re the ones that I’ve specifically tried on my journey that have made getting healthy fun for me.  I’m sure I’ll continue to think of new ways, and I will let you know when I do.

Just don’t forget that fun starts with YOU and your thoughts.  Think thoughts that will invite fun into your life, and you will start finding the fun more and more.

What have you done to make hard things more fun?

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