Contrary to popular belief, being a total pop culture geek AND being fit doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive. The key is to incorporate both of these elements into your routine, to keep working out fun using your love of movies, celebrities, and books.

One of the challenges when working out is keeping our motivation, day in and day out. For the first two weeks, we feel this motivational high to keep going, but as the days go on, it gets harder and harder, especially when we don’t see the results.

This tempts us to keep being couch potatoes, but it doesn’t have to be this way. In fact, you can use your love of watching to keep that motivation up — the key is being smart about it.

Be inspired by your favorite celebrities

We all know getting ready for a specific role is no joke. Actors need to train, diet, and exercise to fit the role they need to play. They don’t just magically fit into their superhero suits, you know? Not only that, but when you’re always in the spotlight, you need to look and feel your best all the time.

Take Angelina Jolie, for example. Training for Lara Croft, being in Beowulf, and just being so active and in a lot of action movies, she’s very active. Obviously, that comes with a lot of hard work. Angelina Jolie’s workout plan and diet is no joke. Not only does she do yoga, but she does scuba diving, Krav Maga, and a whole lot more. Her diet is equally as healthy.

Daisy Ridley, who stars as Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens also maintains a vigorous diet and exercise plan. They’re not alone. This is normal when you’re in the biz.

While you’re not gearing up to wear some spandex anytime soon, you can pick your idol and model your fitness routine based on someone you look up to.

Get fit with geeky workouts

Work out like a Lannister, or get fit with a Lord of the Rings-themed workout: you’d be surprised to find a plethora of pop-culture-themed routines all over the internet.

Try your hand at finding them through a simple Google search, or by looking through Pinterest. Another is by looking through pop-culture-inspired playlists which you can listen to while pumping some iron.

A benefit of doing this, aside from upping the ante on the fun factor, is that it makes working out less boring, especially if you’re a recovering couch potato. Why restrict yourself from watching your favorite shows when you can use that to fuel you to become fitter?

Use your favorite media as a reward, instead of a restriction

Aside from doing pop-culture inspired workouts, you can treat yourself with actually watching TV! It’s something with the way our brains form new habits, but if you immediately reward yourself with something you enjoy (e.g. watching your favorite Netflix series) after doing a workout, you’re rewiring your brain that if you do a workout (aka something you don’t like) and then reward yourself with some screen time (aka something you enjoy), then your brain starts making positive associations with working out.

So instead of restricting yourself, use your love for pop culture to wire yourself to LOVE working out.

Watch Fitness-themes Movies, Shows, and Documentaries

While The Biggest Loser is a staple for inspiring us to get up our butts and exercise, you don’t have to limit yourself to that. And did you know that watching these kinds of shows also replenishes our motivation? That’s a giant plus especially when you’ve hit a fitness plateau. Recharge yourself by watching shows like ProjectGYM, Pumping Iron, and other shows you might like from the list in this article.

Working out and being pop culture-savvy doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive. You can have your cake and eat it too, if you approach it smartly. Use your favorite celebrities and shows to make working out fun, and use it to keep motivation high.

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