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How to Create a Fitness Plan You Actually Enjoy

18 Jan 2023 7 mins read

You know that feeling when you're on a diet and your body is telling you to stop? Or when you start exercising and feel like you're being punished? It's not fun! But it doesn't have to be like that. In fact, moving your body can actually be an enjoyable experience—and if done right, will help keep you healthy for life. I've got some suggestions for how to create a fitness plan that works for your lifestyle and helps make exercise fun again.

Let your body guide you

When it comes to fitness, the best way to find a plan that works for you is to pay attention to what your own body tells you. If something doesn't feel right or if there's an injury in progress, listen and do the opposite of whatever feels uncomfortable or painful. As long as a workout isn't causing any pain or discomfort, keep going! You'll be surprised at how quickly your body adapts when given time and space away from bad habits (like sitting on the couch all day). Try different types of exercise until something clicks—it could be yoga, kickboxing or dancing—and then stick with it!

Start small

One of the most important things you can do is start small. If you want to get in shape, it's not going to happen overnight. But if you make your first step—and every step after that—a little bit easier, then eventually those small accomplishments will add up and become something much larger.

The same goes for fitness plans: You don't need a long list of exercises or complicated workout routines if all you're doing is walking around your neighborhood instead of sitting on the couch all day (or worse: watching TV). Even just five minutes per day will help increase your overall activity level and burn calories while improving heart health!

So how do I know what works best for me? Well...

Get fresh air

It’s a simple concept, but it can be hard to remember: getting fresh air is good for you.

If you want to keep your fitness plan fun and healthy, get outside. Go for a walk around the block or go hiking up in the mountains with friends—whatever works best for your schedule! If you don't have time for an actual hike (and I hope we're not all that busy), try taking a brisk walk around the block as often as possible during lunch break. Or if there's no one around who wants to join me on my daily trek through downtown Seattle (I'm looking at you Sean!), I'll just take myself out into whatever park is closest by and enjoy some sunshine while I'm at it!

Try something new

If you're like most people, you have a hard time sticking with a workout routine. But it doesn't have to be that way! Try something new every week.

  • Try a new class at the gym: A new instructor can be intimidating, and it's easy to avoid them if they don't interest you. But if you see one or two classes that sound interesting, give them a shot—you never know what might inspire your own fitness goals!
  • Try a new workout video: There are so many great videos out there for beginners and intermediate exercisers alike (and even some advanced ones!). Whether it's something as basic as push-ups or squats/hamstring curls/leg raises/jump rope drills...there are plenty of options available online today! And once again: who knows? Maybe this will help kickstart those long forgotten dreams of yours about being able to do pull ups one day soon ;)

Incorporate downtime

A lot of people think that if they want to be healthy, they need to exercise for hours every day. But this is not true! You can do more than one thing at a time—you just have to choose the right activities for your schedule and lifestyle.

One of the most important things about creating an effective fitness plan is incorporating downtime into it. Downtime helps keep your body from burning out; it allows you time for rest and recovery after long workouts or intense sessions of cardio such as running on pavement or stair climbing up high buildings (no joke). If there isn't enough time during each session for proper recovery between sets or reps, then your body will eventually get tired out from overuse instead of building muscle tone through strength training exercises like squats which require mental focus beyond what would normally be required during natural movement routines throughout life's many activities outside the gym setting too!

You should aim at spending at least 20 minutes taking breaks every hour while working out thus allowing yourself plenty of opportunity within 24 hours' worth which equates approximately 12-16 hours total per week depending upon how often someone enjoys going outside their house/workplace etcetera..."

Listen to your body

If you’re like me, you’ve probably tried to create a fitness plan that works for your body. You know the drill: go to the gym, do cardio and strength training exercises, eat healthy food and drink lots of water—all in an effort to lose weight or get fit. But after a few weeks at this routine, it starts feeling more like work than fun!

The problem is that we have all been taught from childhood on how we should live our lives: We're supposed to be working hard all day long so as not to end up lazy or unmotivated people who won't make anything out of themselves because they don't want anything too difficult (or expensive). We're supposed to spend hours every night sitting down at home watching TV or playing video games instead of going outside and enjoying nature's beauty around us!

But here's what I've learned over time: Those things aren't necessarily bad things—but if you want something better than what society has given us based on its own standards set by itself...then there needs some change made within ourselves first before we can move forward into new territories together!

Walk like you mean it

Walking is a key part of any fitness plan, but it can be tough to get started. If you want to walk more often, try these tips:

  • Walk with purpose. When I walk, I'm always thinking about what I'm doing and why—and for me that means thinking about my goals (e.g., "I want to lose weight") or what's going on in my life (e.g., "I just had lunch at the café across from my office"). This helps keep me motivated!
  • Walk with a friend! My husband and I are both runners so he often walks alongside me when we're out running errands together; this way we can talk and laugh while getting some fresh air without having to worry about parking spaces or traffic jams along our route back home after work each evening."

Moving doesn't have to be boring or torturous; it can be enjoyable and even exciting!

There are lots of ways to make moving more fun, from playing games and singing songs to simply taking up yoga. Here's how:

  • Play games with your partner or friends. You can play a game called "Who Can Move the Most?" or "Fetch!"—and if you have kids, you can even turn it into a relay race!
  • Sing songs together as you move around. Try singing "The Wheels on the Bus" while walking around outside in the fresh air, or sing along to classic rock hits like "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" while running laps at the gym (that's what I do). There are so many options here, but be sure not to overdo it; too much movement might actually be stressful for some people


If you're reading this article, then it's clear that you want to make a change in your life. The next step is deciding what kind of change that will be for you and how to make it happen. If fitness is on the table, we hope these tips have helped spark some ideas about how to create an effective plan that fits with your lifestyle while still helping achieve the results you want.