When we have fun in our workouts, it doesn’t feel quite so much like work. I love playing games with my fitness program. This summer’s cycle is a game in itself for choosing our workouts. There are six categories, each with six related WODs. We roll a normal six-sided die to determine which category we will be working from, and then roll it again to decide which specific WOD we will do.
I am not a gambler, but I do enjoy games. In fact, I created a whole category this cycle for workout games- BINGO, Deck of Cards, Egg Hunt, ZooFit Alphabet. An interesting game to play with your workouts is Fate of the Die. I have developed so many workout variations using die, and considering we were playing Fate of the Die to choose a workout, I made a whole cagtegory dedicated to Fate of the Die.
There’s the Nature Trail workout, where you roll the die for every bench, sign, and intersection to determine an exercise. I have a special soccer field workout where we run 10 laps and at each corner, roll the die to determine what kind of exercise to do. This gets a full 2-mile run in, breaking it up with a fun game at different intervals.
Today was kind of an AMRAP (as many reps as possible) game. Set the timer for twenty minutes. Roll the die once to determine which exercise you will start off doing, then a second time to determine the number of repetitions. Start the timer and quickly complete your reps. Roll the dice again to determine your next set. Keep rolling and performing exercises until the timer goes off.
The exercises can be as easy or as challenging as you want them to be. Earlier this year, I programmed this workout with man-makers, burpees, wall-sits, and dragonflies. This time, it is a little less intimidating, but we were still going non-stop for 20 minutes with shuttle sprints, dips, step-ups, and med ball cleans. It’s no Hero WOD, but we were sweating a bit once we were done.
If you aren’t particularly thrilled with the idea of exercising, try to turn your fitness into a game. Use anything you have at your disposal, a deck of cards, a pair of dice, poker chips, or your Easter Eggs. Then leave your workout to chance and stop worrying about your exercise. Just go out and have some fun.