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What To Do If You Hate To Exercise

What do you do if you hate to exercise

Our bodies are meant to be active.  It’s a vital part of being healthy.

But what DO you do if you hate to exercise?

Here are some tips that will help.

1.  Reframe.

I can remember a time in my life when I really hated to exercise.

One dark and cold morning in particular, I was putting on my gym shoes to the mantra:

I hate to exercise.  This is so hard.

On and on it went.

Then, out of the blue came a thought.

Am I making it easier or harder?

The reality was, with those thoughts I was making it much harder.

I decided to replace my negative thinking with something a little more positive.

First I tried ‘I love to exercise’ which was much better, and even though I didn’t really believe it, at least I was interrupting my pattern.

I came to accept that exercise is just something that I do.  Love it or loathe it, it’s a part of my life.

That’s why I love the saying from Nike:

Just Do It.

It might be an effective reframe for you.

For instance when we clean our teeth, we don’t think about whether we like to do it or don’t like it, it’s just a part of our life.  A part of being healthy.

And similarly for exercise. The reframe I love it or Just do it, really worked for me.

Can you find some way to enjoy it?

Is there a way that you can reframe it perhaps as valuable me time?

Or it might be a good chance to catch up with a friend, which I know we’ve talked about before.

Perhaps it might be an opportunity for you to listen to podcasts or motivational music, or get out in nature, to really help with that stress response.

Or you might be more of a gym bunny.  Think about ways that you can make it more enjoyable in your life.

2.  Fast exercise.

Fast exercise has been such a game changer for me and you can check out my previous post about Fast Exercise here.

It’s very short bursts of very high intensity exercise which makes such a difference.

It means the exercise is still effective but occurs in a very short time frame.

Shortening the time frame while still making the exercise very effective has been absolutely fantastic in my life.

3.  Plan

Thinking about planning your exercise in is also really important and then it’s set in concrete.

Leaving your exercise until you have time can be a real recipe for disaster.

I find I tend to get my exercise done first thing in the morning and then it’s over and done with and you go through the day with a sort of smug feeling.

While on occasion I’ve exercised later in the day, it’s certainly not as effective for me.

So for you, working out the time that might work best, might be quite useful.

If you don’t naturally love to exercise, building in some accountability can be really important.

It might be a personal trainer, and I’ve done that in the past.

Perhaps setting some goals with a friend, or meeting a friend to exercise or there are some great apps that you can use for accountability.

While I’ll never naturally love exercise (and it can sometimes be the first thing to go if life gets a bit rocky), it will always be a part of my life, just because it is so vital for our health.

I’d love to hear from you now.  What ways can you share that you’ve made exercise more enjoyable for you.  Let me know in the comments!

2 Responses to What To Do If You Hate To Exercise

  1. Jules Taggart December 11, 2014 at 2:47 am #

    I love the idea of “fast exercise”, Claire. Thanks for the tip!

    • Claire December 12, 2014 at 7:28 am #

      No problems Jules – it has been amazing in my life! The research is really solid around the benefits too. I’m looking forward to hearing how you go 🙂

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