Getting fit when you dislike exercise sounds like an impossible dream, and the truth is that’s right – exercise is key to fitness, and without it, no matter how well you eat or care for your body in other ways, you just won’t be as healthy as you could and should be.
So what should you do if you don’t enjoy exercising? It’s so important to your life and will change it for the better in myriad ways, but if you don’t enjoy it, it can do difficult to get started. Read on, and you’ll see how you can change your mindset and start to like – or even love – your exercise.
The best place to start is to determine exactly what it is about exercise that you don’t enjoy. There could be a number of things that mean you would rather do anything than go for a run, go swimming, join a gym, or take part in an exercise class.
You might be self-conscious about your weight, for example, which means you don’t want to work out in front of lots of people. Or perhaps you don’t think you need to lose weight at all (and you may well be right, but that doesn’t mean exercise is no use for you-you still need to get fit, and that’s a different matter entirely). Maybe you lead a busy life and begrudge having to give up some of your precious free time for exercise.
Once you work out what it is that is holding you back from getting fit and healthy and starting to exercise; you can work on how to get past it. You could exercise at home with YouTube videos instead of going to the gym, for example, or try to incorporate exercise into your day by using the stairs instead of the elevator, or parking a little farther away from your destination.
Try A Personal Trainer
Hiring a personal trainer can be exactly what you need to help you get fit and help you to enjoy exercising. You will form a bond with your trainer and want to please them, but you will also be able to quickly and easily see how far you have come. Having a personal trainer isn’t a luxury if you dislike exercising – it’s the ideal way to inject some fun and personality into getting fit.
You might even realize that being a personal trainer is something you could do. After you have got fit and know how the process works, you could join one of the personal trainer courses at OriGym and obtain an internationally recognized qualification. Now not only do you love exercise and are much fitter than before, but you can help others who felt like you did before you started.
For some, their dislike of exercise comes from having tried to do too much too soon in the past. Even with the best of intentions, if you start your exercising at a high level, you will soon burn out; your body, not used to such exertions, will want to quit early, and you will let it because you will be hurting and uncomfortable. You might then not want to return to the gym or the workout because you didn’t enjoy it and it left you aching and unhappy.
If you start small, this won’t happen. Start with a short burst of activity, or start slowly and build up to something bigger. The more this happens, the stronger you will get and the easier it will be to exercise. Once it becomes easier, you will enjoy it more, and you’ll want to push yourself more, and getting fit doesn’t feel like such an arduous task anymore.
Find A Buddy
If you workout with a buddy, you are much more likely to stick to it. You won’t want to let them down, and you’ll always have someone who can boost you up and help you to get out there and exercise. If you do it alone, it’s so easy to tell yourself you can’t go to the gym because you have work to do, or you can’t go for a run because it’s raining, for example. With a buddy, those excuses no longer work – and you will get fitter more quickly.
Plus, you can help them get fitter too. If they feel as though they don’t want to go to the gym, you can help to show them why they should, and of course, you’ll go with them. It will help you both.
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