“I need to lose some weight,” says one of my friends. I don’t believe in eyeing the scale as such. Yet, I’ll never discourage people from getting active. So, I respond with, “I know! We can do workouts together!” For some reason, this changes my friend’s mind. “Ah, but I hate exercise.”
My Biggest Turn-off: “I Hate Exercise”
This baffles me. You want to lose weight, but you don’t want to make the necessary effort? It’s no wonder diet pills and shakes companies are raking the money in. I mean, sure, eat better. That, I will always endorse. But what about exercise? Why do so many of us hate it?
Mind over Matter
The truth, that many fail to realise, is that you don’t hate exercise. Not one bit. You just haven’t found the exercise you enjoy. How can you enjoy exercise when you have only tried the same few things? I’m not saying you’re making excuses. It is likely that you believe you have tried everything under the sun. Some of which were recent, some were long ago. Regardless, what you have tried, was not “everything.”
What’s more, you may have tried a fair few activities, but have you done them regularly? It’s much more difficult to determine if you enjoy something if you try it once and call it quits. Running used to be my enemy.
Learning to Love what I once Hated
Two years ago, however, I signed up for a half-marathon with a group of friends. My first time training was awful. I was slow, I ran out of breath far too quickly, and I was desperate for a shower after 5 minutes! However, after 2 weeks, I was loving it. The reward of feeling accomplished at the end of each run was exhilarating! It all comes down to patience and giving an activity a fair chance.
The Hatred Test
Below is a list of the many types of physical activity I could think of from the top of my head. Make note of how
many you have tried on a regular basis:
- Tag Rugby
- Pole Fitness
- Aerial Hoop
- Aerial Silks
- Hula Hoop
- Workout Videos
- Aerobics (gym)
- Free Weights
- Gym Machinery
- Roller Derby
I honestly think I could go on. I have tried around 90 per cent from this list. Pole fitness, Zumba, hula hoop and dance are my top four. However, it definitely took me a while to find what I knew I would enjoy. I never enjoyed PE in high school. Dance, however, was always fun.
Over to You
So, maybe it’s time to rethink how you really feel about exercise. Do you really hate it? Maybe it’s just time to try something different, something fun! Take up a couple of new classes a week to see what you may enjoy. Try not to give up after your first attempt either. How can you succeed at something you have never tried before?
You got this!