Let’s face it: hitting the gym and getting in your daily dose of exercise is sometimes the last thing you want to do, especially after a long day at the office. Mustering up the motivation to workout isn’t easy, and sticking to the same old, boring routine definitely doesn’t help. But one way to make sure you don’t get stuck in a workout rut is to spice things up by gameifying your routine. Now you might be wondering, “What on earth does gameifying my workout mean? And how am I supposed to do that?” The concept is simple, really. Gameifying is exactly what it sounds like – turning your workout into a game to make the thought of exercising seem a little less terrifying and a lot more fun. Like the idea of it but not quite sure how to execute? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with some tips and ideas on how to get your game face on during your next workout (but, like, actually).
Break Out the Deck
No equipment required except a deck of cards for this workout. Start by assigning each suit a different workout. For example, make spades translate to push ups, make hearts translate to burpees, make diamonds translate to high knees, and make clovers translate to squats. Then shuffle your deck, draw your card and start drawing cards one by one. With each card that you pull from the stack, let the number dictate how many reps you’ll be doing of each exercise. For royal cards, assign the jack, queen, king, and ace the numbers 11, 12, 13, and 14 respectively. Go through as much of the deck as you can, and ideally work your way through the whole thing.
Create a Fit Ball
Take your old beach ball out of retirement, grab a sharpie and create your very own fit ball. That means that on each panel, you’ll write 3-4 different exercises (think things like “30-second plank,” or “20 mountain climbers”). Then, rally up your buddies for a trip to the gym or the park or wherever you choose to play this game. It works like hot potato, music and all, so whoever has the ball when the music stops reads out the exercise their hand is on and the whole group gets moving. You get to relive your childhood while getting a great workout -– what could be better?
Use an App
If you’re looking for some more excitement in your exercise routine, try downloading one of the many apps that gameify it for you, like Zombies, Run! or Superhero Workout. We all know about the typical fitness tracker apps, but the less commonly known apps are the ones that turn your mundane morning run into an epic escape from a zombie apocalypse and transform you from regular a gym-goer to a superhero completing exercises in order to save the planet. Out of all the apps you can buy these days, the ones that make your workout more fun are some of the best investments.
Make Your Own Dice
Working out is much more exciting when you don’t know what move you’ll be doing next. For this game, your fitness fate lies in the way the dice land – your special workout dice, that is. Create your own workout dice by printing out two di templates from online, then using one as your exercise di and the other as your duration di. That basically means that on the first di, you’ll write out six different exercises – like jumping jacks, arm circles, or mountain climbers – and on the other you’ll write six durations of time – like 15 seconds, 30 seconds, and a minute. Then, once you’ve got your dice ready to go, you’re ready to play. Just roll to find out what to do and how long to do it for. As an added bonus, you can do more than one exercise di so that you have more variety with the types of workouts on your list.
Spell It Out
Make a letter chart (or find one online) where every letter in the alphabet corresponds to a specific workout move. Then, spell out your name, or any word that comes to mind, to piece together a routine. If you have a long name, you’ll be breaking a sweat in no time, but if your name (or word of choice) is on the shorter side, you might want to opt for something a bit longer, or go through your sequence a couple of times.