If you’re trying to get into making fitness a regular thing, then it is undeniably important that working out doesn’t feel like quite as much of a chore, physically. However, if you’re new to working out, then every exercise is going to feel like pushing your body to the absolute limits. It doesn’t always have to feel quite so challenging, however. Here are a few ways to help workouts feel like a little less work.

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Tag along with someone

Humans are social animals and, as such, most things tend to feel better when we’re in a group, and even better if we’re with people we like. Finding a gym buddy brings a ton of advantages. One is that it’s easier to feel accountable and even guilty, pushing you to stick to your routine. However, studies have shown that it takes longer to feel tired and you can push yourself further when working out alongside someone you know, too.

Put some sounds on

Exercise naturally releases positive neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and endorphins. These can release what is called the runner’s high, reduce your sensation of pain, and generally improve your mood. You know what else is great for releasing those same brain chemicals? Music that you love. Find great workout music to help you kick things into high gear while keeping your mood at its peak. You’re going to be working much harder without even knowing it.

Dress for success

Even if your levels of exertion are roughly the same, reducing your perception of exertion can be crucial. Ill-fitting and ill-suited clothes such as baggy running pants and hoodies are going to add drag and wind resistance, making you feel more sluggish. Compression garments such as scrunch leggings reduce that factor. You feel like you’re moving much more tightly and precisely which, in turn, makes it feel like you’re exerting less energy to move.

Switch it up

Variety is the spice of life, as they say. If you’re having trouble getting motivated by your current workout routine, then it’s going to feel significantly harder to get started. As such, you should consider some of those exercises that don’t quite feel like exercise. Adding some tennis, swimming, or other fun forms of exercise to your routine can make it a lot easier to get your body moving throughout the week, making your other exercises feel like less of a chore.

Get used to it

Simply put, your body is going to get more used to moving the more that you move it around. As you get more physically fit, you’re still going to feel the effort, but it’s going to feel like less of a brand new challenge. You’ll get used to the feeling.

Of course, there’s no such thing as an effective workout that doesn’t require work. However, if you can get into it without feeling like you’re about to fall apart on the way, that can help you make it a part of your regular routine. The tips above might be able to help with that.

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