Shot of a young woman celebrating a victory at the gym

Fitness isn’t fun. At least that’s the way a lot of us see it. And if that’s the way we feel about it, it’s definitely a whole lot harder to make it a habit.
But what if you could hack your way into getting into it? What if you could trick yourself into a habit? Here are 10 ways you can do just that!

1. Make a bet Shot of a mother and her little daughter cleaning a kitchen surface together at home

My dad told us that he quit smoking because he was bet he couldn’t, and he was too proud to lose! Make a bet with a friend or family member. Something like, if I don’t go to the gym three times a week, I have to clean your whole house. Set the stakes and play the game!

2. Mission impossible Urban runners crew training in the city in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Sign up for something you are in no physical shape to achieve. Like a tough mudder, or a 5k. And tell people about it. Telling people about it will force you to stick to it, and you’ll have to train hard if you’re going to make it work, so that will help you form the habit.

3. Join a couple fitness teams Group of athletes at sports event

I don’t mean a couple of gyms, I mean teams. Join a volleyball team, a soccer team, or a swim team. You’ll have fun meeting new people, make new friendships, and stay active all at once. And because your part of a team, you’ll be there once a week or more pretty regularly, which is exactly what you need.

4. Do it for (with) the kids Close up of a family doing sports

You know all those parent-child activities? Like jump-rope teams, tennis clubs and martial arts programs? Join one of those. Doing something that bonds you with your kids and helps you stay fit and healthy is a double win.

5. Take a vacation serenity and yoga practicing at Twin Lakes,Philippines

Vacations are great. Vacations, where you get to improve your overall well-being, are even better. Try a 14-day yoga-cation. You’ll do yoga every morning or every evening, and slowly build the habit of a restful start (or end) to every day. And once you’ve gotten used to that kind of bliss, you’ll want to bring it home with you. Check out this list of fitness vacations.

Can you think of any other ways to build a fitness habit when you’re not into working out?

Femi A-Williams is a health and fitness convert trying to reconcile a healthy lifestyle and a happy food life. She is 80% whole grain and 20% donut.

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