I go through phases where I really, truly look forward to working out and wake up everyday feeling in the zone and ready to go  — and then suddenly, without warning, I’ll hit a plateau where I dread lacing up my sneaks and hitting the pavement. I think almost everyone has ups and downs with how they feel about fitness, but in my experience, the only way to really be consistent with working out over the long haul is to figure out how to tap into the sense of fun that makes you excited to do it! In an effort to shake up my current routine and make exercise feel like a treat instead of another chore to get through, I polled my fittest friends around the country for their secrets to making their workout feel like the most fun part of the day. I couldn’t believe how good some of their responses are, but then again, there’s a reason why  these people are in ridiculously amazing shape. Click through the slides for their tips.

Choose to move.

I try and move my body every day (even these days at 5 months pregnant!). The pregnancy has made “keeping it fun” a tad more difficult as I used to get a great workout in by playing both co-ed rec soccer and flag football with friends twice a week. These days to keep it fun I will incorporate friends into my workout routine by meeting up for a spin class followed by a coffee afterwards or going for a hike together on the greenbelt. 

@chelsea.hardee, World Silver Medalist in the Pole Vault


Travel.

Working out in new environments adds excitement and spontaneity, testing and building mental and physical strength while experiencing new places and meeting new people.

– Jerry Balderas, @third_i_yoga

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Build community.

The reason I became obsessed with barre based fitness is because I saw results and I loved the atmosphere and motivation of group fitness. My tip is to find a workout and community that you’re passionate about and you will no doubt have more fun. If you’re dreading going to the gym or running 5 miles in the heat switch it up and see if you can find a home away from home in your fitness experience. At MOD Fitness we work to create a community and welcoming environment for everyone that walks through the doors. 

– Marnie Duncan, Owner & Founder of @modfitness

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Get outside!

I get up almost daily before the sun comes up and do a combination of running and walking.  I love working in intervals – typically 4 miles of ¼ mile intervals alternating running with a fast-paced walk. When I move in this way, I have more stamina and my body feels super energized and strong when I am finished, rather than drained and depleted.  The combination of being outdoors and moving my body and breath always leads to breakthroughs in my creative work.  I always carry my phone and record voice notes as new ideas and perspectives come to mind.

– Kate Waitzkin, Kate Waitzkin Yoga

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Create a badass playlist.

Making it specific to what I’m going to do, if running then it’s fast paced, biking requires all sorts of songs. You can check out my playlists in my Spotify account.

– @davidgarza1, Triathlete & Endurance Athlete, instructor at Love Cycling Studio

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Round up the squad. 

It sounds cliche, but I get by with a little help from my friends. There’s nothing better than gathering the crew, going for a ride and enjoying coffee, breakfast or a dip in the pool after. We suffer and celebrate together! 

@kelljokrause, Cyclist

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Set a goal.

Pick an event or race on the calendar a few months away and train for it.  When you’re training for something specific you can track your progress and it feels like less of a “stay in shape” chore and more like a journey with fun and purpose.

– @treyhardee, Olympic Decathlete

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Dress the part.

I have more fun working out when I like the outfit I am wearing. My tip is to treat yourself to a new top or a pair of your favorite workout pants that you look and feel good in. If you feel good, you will work out harder and have fun at the same time. I personally like the Flow & Go Tights from Lululemon because they hold everything in and lift your butt. The Outdoor Voices leggings are another MOD Fitness favorite.

– Marnie Duncan, Owner & Founder of @modfitness

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Music & humor.

This is what add lightness to the subject I love (yoga.) It’s a concept I call “edutainment.” In class, it’s booty bouncing half-handstands; in life it’s amazing Italian gelato at the top of a 2km hike.

– Jerry Balderas, @third_i_yoga

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Make yourself at home. 

I am a yoga teacher and spend a fair amount of time in the studio.  Spending time on my mat at home is my time to wind down, get inspired and create.  I keep my mat laid out in my bedroom at all times so I can get onto it any time of day.  I believe the key to a consistent home practice is letting go of expectations and just simply committing to getting onto your mat.  Some days I am there for 5 minutes, other days for 60 minutes or longer.  I always keep a notebook next to me to jot down ideas or moments of clarity. Ultimately, I find that when we create space and opening in the physical body, the mind follows and it is a beautiful gateway into finding more peace and joy in life.  

– Kate Waitzkin, Kate Waitzkin Yoga

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Workout with your pals.

Doing things with friends is much more fun and makes it easier to stick to a routine. The Outdoor Voices team regularly gets together for yoga, soccer, and Friday Dribble Dribble, a pickup basketball game. It’s a good way to add some energy to the day. 

– Tyler Haney, Founder and CEO of Outdoor Voices

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Embrace the morning.

In lieu of breakfast or lunch meetings, I meet people for an early-morning SoulCycle class and coffee. I get to exercise, check in with the studio team and get a potential new rider on the bike…all in a little over an hour.

– Melanie Whelan, CEO of Soul Cycle

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Challenge yourself.

I often enroll my friends and teammates in a fun, focused workout that we can support each other in completing.  I love building excitement around different thirty day challenges: from squats to abs to yoga, we are up for trying just about anything.  This is a way to up my workout game while building in accountability partners!

– Kerri Keaton, @thewellgroco

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Find the group workout that’s right for you.

Working out with a group of people helps to challenge you and create a fun atmosphere that will change the dynamic the workout and your attitude. Get out there and try different workouts to see which style/type will work best for you! You’ll never regret a workout but you will definitely regret NOT getting one in! 

– @davidgarza1, Triathlete & Endurance Athlete, instructor at Love Cycling Studio

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#Beyonce.

Seriously! Whether I’m riding to spin class, lifting weights or going for a run, Lemonade is playing (specifically songs 2, 4, 11 & 12). I cannot get enough. Always gets me super jazzed.

— @kelljokrause, Cyclist

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3 comments
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    Jessica | TheWheezyRunner | July 15, 2016 at 10:51 am

    I definitely agree that both exercising with friends and good music both help get me going! Changing up my routine helps me, too. I usually do my HIIT on the treadmill, but a few nights ago I really wanted to do it on the stepmill instead – it kicked my butt and doing something different was fun and motivating. I just moved to a new gym that has a lot of new-to-me classes and equipment. Subbing in unfamiliar things has been good for me!

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    Jordan Fronk | July 18, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    I’m with Kelly, Beyonce all day!!!

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