(Closed) How to not hate exercising

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Do you actually enjoy dancing? It can be a great way to get some exercise in. Does your city parks/rec dept offer adult recreation classes? I’ve taken some dance classes through our city and they’ve been lots of fun (not to mention super cheap). Zumba’s fun too! Some friends and I went to the classes together so we’d be less likely to skip.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Try something new? I’m a terrible exerciser (thank you respiratory disorder) yet I love to ride. Horseback riding is a major workout, but when you’re going to ride it’s more like ‘yay I get to play with the big fuzzies’ rather than uggh i’m going to get sweaty and gross. Try some new activites that are a bit aerobic and you might find something you enjoy.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@howtobeawife:  Eat donuts while doing it?

HAHA JK.  Honestly you probably just have to keep trying different things until you find something that doesn’t make you stare at the clock the entire time.  There’s no right or wrong answer — just keep trying out different things until you find something you can truly look forward to, or not totally hate!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Try finding workouts you enjoy. I recently started going to Barre classes and Soul Cycle. The classes are a lot of fun and time flys! It doesn’t even feel like a workout!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Try different things til you find something you enjoy! I do best with things that are distracting or that I can do with a friend. If you liked dancing, you should try Zumba! I’ve burned 700 calories in a class before, and I hardly notice the time go by. Its so much fun!

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@howtobeawife:  Hahahaha. 🙂  You will find something, I have totally been in your shoes before.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@howtobeawife:  I’m LOL’ing at this post. I totally hate working out in the traditional sense too.

If you enjoy dancing but Zumba’ing in a big group makes you self concious…what about doing Zumba videos at home? We have Youtube and Netflix on our TV through the Xbox and I find awesome Zumba, yoga and other workout videos online that I do right in my livingroom. It’s kind of fun…

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I do lots of exercise videos at home too. pretty much all of them on youtube or just downloaded. search YouTube for Billy Blanks Jr. he does dance workouts and also happens to be ridiculously attractive and charming. I think I’m actually in love with him. I don’t even notice that I’m working out because I’m just grinning at him. seriously, try one of his videos (‘dancers butt’ is only ten minutes and give you a good idea of what he’s like).

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper

I hated it too. But I just see it as a must. I HAVE to like it – no matttter what. So I just told myself to get over it… It was so hard, girl. Trust me, it was so, so hard.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I agree with others, first the key is to find something you like. And to start thinking about exercise outside of the traditional sense. Exercising does not have to mean you put on your gym clothes, buy a gym membership and run on the treadmill for 30 minutes. There are so many other ways to be active.

However, after saying that. I do believe there is a way to learn to like the traditional form of exercising. I understand the hate getting sweaty, winded, muscle soreness bit. But the good news about exercising is when you start doing it regularly, all of that goes away. Except maybe the sweating. But you’ll find yourself getting stronger, being able to run further without being winded, etc. And suddenly you’re so proud you want to push yourself a little further then a little further. It’s all about building the habit. The first couple of times will suck. You will be sore and want to give up. But if you realize it will get better and you form it into a habit you might actually end up liking it.

Now that I’m done my motivational speaking, ha ha. Another way to keep yoruself exercising is find some accountability. You could find a friend to work out with. This way, if you’re going to skip the gym you have to tell someone. Another great tool I think is My Fitness Pal. Join that and start gaining some friends through the forums. I find being on there and having friends who notice when I log/dont log work outs is really helpful. Accountability is key.

Hope that helps! Good luck

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@howtobeawife:  Ok I can relate to you bc I used to hate it….that is til I found something I loved!

I used to hate the traditional gym with a passion….ughhh boring. Then I decided a couple of years ago to try out the new boxing gym in my area and I love it!

Find something you LOVE and it won’t be such a chore of you won’t dread it!

Surely there is something you LOVE…swimming? biking? skating? heck maybe even boxing or karate??? yoga? aerobics?

My best advice is to try something new….keep trying til you find something!

Here is a lil video of me working out boxing doing a lil mitt work….I think you can see from my lil jump up at the end I was super proud of myself….just wanted to share!

Seriously I get upset if I can’t go a certain amount of times per week bc I LOVE it so much! But I used to hate working out.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Find something you like. I am not a fan of exercise until I am really into it and addicted. I ended up buying a load of XBox Kinect dancing games and I love using them. They pep me up and a new one with all new songs seems to come out every few months and at $30 it is cheaper than a gym membership! Some of them even have ‘sweat it out’ sections to really work up a sweat. That’s working for me and it doesn’t even feel liek exercise. 

I also got an hypnosis app that encourages exercise and fitness motivation. It may be a placebo, but i have been a lot more motivated since listening to it at bedtime. It also puts me to sleep which is great!

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