The only way to enjoy exercise is to do it without realizing

It is almost impossible to get passionate about anything if you don’t enjoy it, and that is especially true when it comes to exercising. Just think back to all those new year’s resolutions you’ve made. You had every intention to get fit and get in shape. But after three visits to the gym to lift weights and run on a treadmill you realized you don’t get any pleasure out of lifting weights or running on a treadmill.

Well, here is a little bit of advice for you: it’s not all about weights, or running. To put it as simply as we possibly can, if you don’t like it then don’t do it.

Instead, all you need to do is find an exercise you seriously enjoy doing that your brain doesn’t consider to be exercise. To help you with this, we have come up with a list of amazing activities that achieve just this. Call it magic, trickery, sorcery, genius, whatever you like. Just find the one that makes you smile and run with it (oh, you know what we mean!).

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If you’ve ever imagined what it would be like to have an adventure that would (almost) peak the interest of Lara Croft or Indiana Jones, then geocaching is for you. This is your chance to become a treasure-hunter – looking for clues and exploring different places – all while getting fit without even realizing it.

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Pause for a second and think about whether you have ever seen someone dance with a sad face. Spoiler alert: you haven’t. Not only is it fun, though, it is a seriously good work out. Zumba dance will have you smiling and sweating harder than you’ve ever smiled or sweat and it’ll only take five minutes. Swing dancing will have your heart rate bouncing like a rise on a speaker. Flamenco too. What’s more, you’ll learn an awesome skill you can show off and develop too.

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Role Play

Let us specify. Live Action Role Play. Yes, it may seem a little bit silly when you are looking on, but getting involved is nothing but good times and hard work, an exercise for both our bodies and our imaginations. It is awesome, pretending to be anyone you like and indulging in your childish dreams, as you swing heavy weaponry and run for your life in heavy clothing.

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We all have different names for it and we all remember doing it in our childhood. Horseplay. Wrestling. Rough And Tumble. It is one of the best childhood memories we have, and one of those things that has way more benefits than you may realize. It builds your bond, grows their resilience, encourages intelligence and problem-solving skills, and it uses energy. For kids, it gets them active. For parents, it keeps you young.

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Anything you do with friends makes it feel less like a chore and more like a social outing, and that is what tricks your brain. It could be having a weekly hike, or joining a gym, or signing up to Zumba or getting into martial arts or anything. By having a person you love and like to enjoy it with your smile will wipe away the thought of it being exercise. That’s a fact, by the way.

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