There are two people in this world; those who enjoy exercise and those who don’t. Some people are practically born with a love of staying active, and they pursue their favourite sports and fitness activities effortlessly throughout their lives. The second group, well they might enjoy running around the playground when they’re kids, and they’ll probably get through P.E. at school when they have little other choice, but after that, they tend to become fairly inactive.
If you’re in the latter group, and you hate exercise with a passion, what I’m about to tell you could change your life! It is perfectly possible to change your mind and start enjoying exercise! This is not something that is set in stone!
If you don’t like exercise, could it be because your previous experiences of working out haven’t been quite right for you? If you’ve pushed yourself too hard at the gym after years of inactivity or tried to turn yourself into a pretzel on the yoga mat despite never so much as stretching in the morning, it’s not surprising that you’ve been put off.
What you need to do is experiment with different forms of exercise at varying intensities until you find something that works for you, and hopefully even feels good. For example, if you hate to exercise, but you like to dance, try a Zumba dance & exercise classes at Fitness First, or if you hate lifting weights indoors where there’s no fresh air and no one to socialize with, try rock climbing. There’s no rule that says to exercise; you need to join a gym or exclusively lift weights.
Find an Exercise Fan to Partner With
If you hate to exercise, but you know one of those people who were born to work out, a good strategy could be to partner up with them. With an enthusiastic exerciser by your side, you might just find that their enthusiasm and encouragement rubs off on you, to the point that you actually start enjoying it too. At the very least, knowing that you’re expected will help to keep your motivation levels high and stop you from giving up before you’ve really given exercise a chance.
Something that makes exercise a whole lot more fun for a lot of people, is setting goals. These don’t have to be anything big like running the London Marathon in the next 12 months; they can be as simple as learning a new dance technique every month or shaving a minute of your run time every two weeks. All that matters is that you turn your exercise efforts into a fun game that you must try to beat.
Don’t Take it Too Seriously
Perhaps, most importantly of all, if exercise has never been your forte when you’re trying to get into it, the worst thing you can do is take it too seriously. This will suck the fun out of it, and when you fall short of the mark, you’re more likely to give up.
Hopefully, this has spurred you to give exercising another try. It’s important for your health, so you owe it to yourself to find a way to enjoy exercise going forward.