If you're working hard to find joy in exercise this year, hygge workouts are the way to go. Pia Edberg, author of The Cozy Life: Rediscover the Joy of Simple Things Through the Danish Concept of Hygge, says that when you're exercising with a hygge mindset, you should make sure it's pleasant.
"It's walks in nature (with loved ones adds extra hygge), relaxing bike rides through pretty scenery, dancing with your partner, hikes with picnics, and for some people even going for a run is meditation for them," she says. "Being outside in general is a great way to be more hygge while exercising. Really appreciating nature for what it is—stopping to smell the roses, as they say."
Charlotte Abrahams, author of Hygge: A Celebration of Simple Pleasures. Living the Danish Way, is a runner—and the hygge approach to running is different from what she's used to. Hygge running should never be too sweaty or competitive, and calorie-counting isn't part of the equation.
"I took that to mean that I could still run, but that I should leave all the speed, distance, and calorie-counting devices at home and focus simply on the pleasure of running," she says.