It’s perfectly all right to base your exercise routine on things you
actually like to do. For instance, if you love dancing, enroll in a local
ballroom dancing or salsa class, and count the classes as part of your workout.
If you love swimming, visit the pool as often as you can. If you’re a fan of
the outdoors, plan to go bike riding or hiking whenever you get a chance. Even
though these aren’t your traditional ways of exercising, you’ll still receive
the cardiovascular and muscle-toning benefits. The trick is to make sure that
you’re participating in these activities as often as you would be going to the
gym in order to have really worked out for the week. You may still want to add
a couple of weight training sessions or a mile run one day a week to these
activities, but you’ll be much more motivated to do so when you can spend other
days doing the things you like to do. This way, you won’t have to make another
New Year’s resolution to work out every day; you can just resolve to plan your
days better and do more of the things you love to do.