On a good day, working out feels awesome.
Your heart is pumping, endorphins are running high, and you feel like you can do anything.
On other days, you can't wait to get out of the gym or you just don't go in the first place.
Try these 10 strategies to put the fun back into shaping up.
Think about working out like going out for cocktails: If your outfit is flattering, you'll have a lot more fun than if you're wearing something that makes you feel self-conscious.
Pick the time of day that works the best for your inner body clock, and a location that's most convenient.
It would be more fun to make a date for a brisk walk with your partner after dinner instead of driving to an evening gym class.
Don't underestimate the benefits of downloading a new playlist before your next sweat session.
Rocking out not only helps distract you from your huffing and puffing, but it also makes you feel more excited.
Go for Variety
Find different activities that rejuvenate you rather than tear you down because you'll not only have more fun, but you'll also be able to work out harder for longer.
Take it Outside
Enjoying your exercise more may be as easy as going green: Just five minutes of outdoor activity boosts your mood.
Try rollerblading, biking and swimming.
Make it a Game
Wearing a heart rate monitor while you exercise boosts motivation because you can track how hard you're workin
It turns exercise into a game when you challenge yourself to stay within your heart rate zone or push yourself to burn more calories than you did last tim
Maximize Your Post-Workout High
Exercise can boost mood-elevating neurotransmitters and endorphins to give you a buzz for up to an hour after your sweat session is over.
To extend that post-workout buzz even longer and tackle things that you know you can finish.
Ease Muscle Soreness
After a killer workout, try a hot soak with Epson salt.
When you pour 1 cup of Epson salt into hot water, it acts like a muscle relaxant to relieve cramps and joint pain.
Take a Breather
Another trick for prolonging your exercise buzz and speeding muscle recovery is to do a five-minute yoga blend immediately following your workout.
Breathing smoothly and steadily while doing the postures helps lower your heart rate and blood pressure to maximize feelings of relaxation.