Sofia Vergara hates to exercise and doesn’t pretend otherwise. In fact, the Latina beauty has often compared exercise to torture when discussing the topic during interviews, even though she makes sure to keep up with her routine for the sake of her health and her career.
Vergara was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2000 though she kept it a secret from the public while undergoing treatment. Since that time she keeps a serious watch on her health, making sure that she sticks to her fitness and diet routine even when she doesn’t feel like it. The sacrifice helps her to feel her best while also maintaining her movie star figure.
“I’m Latin, and in our culture, we dress to pick up guys, or for our boyfriends or husbands, rather than for other girls. I’ll prefer to die than wear boyfriend jeans!” she said in a recent interview for Women’s Health Magazine.
Vergara also indicated that she makes sure her routine includes a little bit of everything but in moderation. Last summer she told the New York Times she makes sure to manage her meals during the week, but on the weekends she’s not afraid to let loose a little.
“I dont go too crazy during the week. But on the weekends, I completely order whatever I want. I especially love sushi and I love Middle Eastern food,” she said.
Vergara understands, however, that she needs to maintain her health, and doing so means matching exercise with her healthy diet plan.
“I hate it!” she said, regarding exercise. “For me its punishment. Its not like, Oh, let me relax and go to the gym. Its not my me time or my fun time. No, its my torture time.
Because she is not naturally a gym rat, it takes some ingenuity on the behalf of her personal trainer, Gunnar Peterson, to keep Sofia motivated. What’s his trick?
“I try to keep it fun,” he said. “I try and put a little bit of levity in it, but at the same time, I dont sacrifice the work. We may goof around and stuff, but were definitely not going to goof around while were working.
How to make your workout routine fun like Sofia Vergara
Sofia Vergara is not unique in her dislike for exercise. Many individuals find the routine of working out boring. Some overcome this by listening to music; others watch television while they run on their treadmills. But even these distractions aren’t enough for everyone.
So how do you add a little variety and fun into your workout without losing the routine? Try these tricks compiled by Saludify:
- Make it a game: Though it’s more difficult to create a game when you’re stuck running in a gym, being inventive can be a great way to stave off exercise boredom. An example would be setting goals during your workout to try to reach before your friends (and as you might have guessed, having a friend working alongside you is another great way to spice up a workout!)
- Have a purpose: Having a personal fitness goal is great for motivation, but sometimes you need a little something extra. The experts at Health suggest putting your energy to good use for public service; outside running? Try picking up some litter along the way.
- Keep yourself guessing: Stuck in a gym working out? Try keeping your mind guessing by making your workout unpredictable, even when working alone. Using index cards, write out exercises. On separate cards, write out numbers. Randomly chose one exercise and one number card, then perform that exercise for that amount of reps.
- Try out new equipment: You might not be able to buy a new pair of running shoes every week to test out at the gym, but something about having a new piece of fitness equipment can make a workout more enjoyable. Find small ways to add to your routine; try new socks, drink a new protein shake, buy a variety of headbands to see what works best.
- Listen to something new: Music is a go-to when it comes to working out, but that doesn’t mean the only thing you can listen to is you favorite band. If you need a little more mental stimulation, try listening to a book on tape or a comedian.
- Torment your fellow gym-goers: Most people who workout routinely get to know one another at the gym. Don’t be afraid to have fun and socialize with your fellow exercisers. While we don’t suggest you prank people around you often or in extreme ways, the occasional goofy comment or funny antic can liven up everyone’s day.