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RITACOMPU SparkPoints: (98,715)
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4/9/13 1:54 P


DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
4/9/13 1:43 P

I am going to agree with BOB240. It does NOT get easier, but it does become a habit. I agree also that you need to find things you like.
I have discovered my rebounder and have no problems surging. Would I rather sit on my couch and do nothing-- sure. But what makes me exercise is so much more important than the outward appearance of a fit body.

I hate exercise or at least the thought of HAVING to do it. But it is part of my lifestyle, so I will continue to do what I need to do.
I also HATE cardio. You won't find me on a treadmill going nowhere. I won't go on an elliptical and ski nowhere. I don't like stationary bikes. I hate running. However, that being said, i do cardio just not for a long period of time. It is all tied up with my strength training in my rebounding or surging. I can get behind any 12 minute exercise routine that allows me to burn fat for 36 hours.

EEJAA70 Posts: 6,546
4/8/13 11:50 P

Yes, it really does get easier once you make it a habit. Once exercise is a part of your daily routine you actually miss it on days you don't workout. I do so much more than I ever thought possible. Find something you truly enjoy.

SARAHEKELLER SparkPoints: (4,475)
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4/8/13 4:30 P

I find the elliptical so boring and I'm one of those people that really likes working out. Everybody likes doing something different - I personally am so uncoordinated that I hate dancing but maybe you'd like trying a zumba class a couple times a week. Kickboxing classes are pretty fun too. I like doing at home circuits (alternating body weight and cardio exercises) but maybe you could find some classes at your local gym that appeal to you. If not, maybe try doing some interval work on the elliptical, I find it does make time go by faster instead of steady state and you'll likely burn more calories.

JXFINK SparkPoints: (62,629)
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4/8/13 4:03 P

I love working out, but I love it best when I am done. emoticon

I found it extremely helpful to do something I enjoy like walking or playing tennis. It also helps when I have someone to talk to to distract me from thinking about what I am doing so frequently my daughter will come tell me about her day while I am on the elliptical or treadmill. Another distraction for me is watching TV while I am doing it. I love my husband sooooo much for buying me a flat screen for the home gym, so if I am on the treadmill or elliptical, I will turn on the TV and watch something I enjoy.

I also found it extremely helpful to do fast paced circuit training like the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. She moves from one exercise to the next pretty quickly so you never get bored and your body doesn't get too used to it. Before you know it the workout is done and you feel accomplished.

BARBANNA SparkPoints: (108,384)
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4/8/13 4:01 P

Yes and no. When you reach a pleateu it does but as long as you are challenging yourself it doesn't. I do not allow myself to get to that level. I prefer to work my way up to the top. I have maxed out the resistance on my elliptical and steadily increasing my weight limits. I like the adrenalin rush as I work really hard!

PROUD__MOMMA SparkPoints: (2,358)
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4/8/13 3:56 P

I've been working out 4-6x/wkly for about 6 months as well..

The hardest part of working out is getting up to do it lol .. But like other posters mentioned, if you find something you like, the time doesn't drag by!

Do you use an iPod or listen to music?

Music really helps get you in the mood while you're doing cardio. Once you get going and that particular song comes on that you just LOVEEE, it really makes for a great time.. Plus you're putting in hard work to lose weight so it's ALL worth it! emoticon

4/7/13 6:35 P

Thank you all for your responses! I'm definitely looking forward to swimming and walking more outside in nice weather, and as my daughter gets older, I can try out new things with her too.

I do find a good bit of variety through workout videos here on SP and through Youtube -- I do like Blogilates -- but it's still hard to get off the couch to do them! I guess one thing that's hard for me is that the last time I really got going on exercise, it helped me sleep better, which meant I had more energy for working out. That does not seem to be happening this time.

I'm glad to hear that some of you have learned to enjoy exercise! I also have hope that it will be easier for me to move more when I've lost some more weight.

N16351D Posts: 2,349
4/7/13 5:53 P

YES!!! It gets easier, and YES! You can eventually get to enjoy sports you don't enjoy now. Write me an email on SP and I'll tell you more, but for now consider looking into other sports.
You can get your cardiovascular system moving in many ways. Consider if any of the following may be of interest to you:
horseback riding
dance (ballet, jazz, tap, zumba)
gymnastics (does anyone have a trampoline in your area?)
roller blades/roller skates
ice skating
water skiing
downhill and cross country skiing
aerobics classes

Many of these are available in many communities. Some are seasonal, some require nice weather or snow or water, some require equipment (tennis, golf, racketball, etc..), some you can do solo or with friends, others require a team.

For a slower pace try Yoga or Pilates (or both!)

I have done all these and many more sports. I wish I could do them all day, every day as I love moving and being outside!

But what I usually do because of time and money constraints is lift weights (ugh! Hard!) and go jogging. Forty years ago I hated jogging but did it because it was cheap and all I needed was a babysitter. Now, at age 55, it turns out that I have gradually grown to love it. Had a stress echocardiogram last fall. Cardiologist said, "You have the heart of a teenager. What have you been doing?" Jogging.....

Or come up with activities/sports of your own! Whatever you do, KEEP MOVING! Don't quit!
And don't give up!!!

I hope this encourages and motivates someone! Best wishes...

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4/7/13 4:37 P

There are SO many different things you can do. I hate cardio-- I just do, I will never enjoy it. I like the treadmill fine but it hurts my knees, I hate the elliptical but could tolerate it for the great results I got-- but it was hurting my feet, I can use the recumbent bike but the only reason I can motivate myself to use it is because I can read my kindle while I use it.

So, I got sick of those things and started walking outside. That's fun, I'll be able to make myself do that for a while without hating it. In a few weeks when I get sick of it, I'll probably swim. I just bought a new dvd to try that is pretty darn good cardio and it was $8. If I didn't have $8 I could have gone to the library. Don't make an excuse not to go find something you might be able to enjoy better. Exercise is punishing enough without punishing yourself with something you don't like to do, and you don't need to feel this mental stress to get results. The biggest lie about exercise is that it has to suck and you need to just tough it out and deal with it-- it so isn't true! By two months in, if you aren't liking it you haven't found the right moves yet.

I change what I do for my workouts just about every month, because I get sick of what I am doing and I start to hate it. I LOVE exercise, but only if I keep changing it up and finding new things to try.

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
4/7/13 2:44 P

good 4 doing this. your body will thank you for this. It does get easier. it is true that if you find a workout you like it is easier to do. I love my weight lifting and walking. I miss it when I can't.......which is now since I pinched a nerve in my back. Have you thought about swimming.......? Or working out with a friend. When I walked with my best bud Dennis the time flew by and I got my workout in.

ONLINEASLLOU SparkPoints: (72,786)
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4/7/13 11:27 A

I've been exercising regularly for about 5 years -- and I still can't say that I "love it." However, I have gotten to the point where I "don't mind it" and have recognized that I don't feel as well if I don't exercise at least 3 or 4 times per week. (Usually, I exercise 5 times per week.)

Not all of us are natural atheletes. That's OK. Give yourself permission to not like it all the time. Just DON'T use that fact as an excuse not to be healthy. To be healthy we all need to get some exercise, so we sometimes need to do it evern though we don't enjoy it. Sometimes, we get to do stuff we want to do. Other times, we need to do things we HAVE to do whether we like them or not.

I'm not always in the mood to shave my legs, clean the kitchen, do laundry, etc. I am RARELY in the mood to go to work in the morning. But I do all of these things on a regular basis.

As for exercise, variety helps me a lot. I would not succeed if I tried to do the same thing every day. I do DVD routines. Sometimes, I do really vigorous ones that get me huffing an puffing. Other times, I do easier ones that are based more on yoga or ballet moves. Other times, I do more upbeat dancing ones (i.e. zumba). Other times, I will do one that is more walking in place. Other times, I do a kettlebell routine. etc. etc. By mixing it up, I keep myself from becoming bored -- and I can choose the type of routine that best fits my mood.

CBLENS SparkPoints: (47,498)
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4/7/13 8:43 A

yes it does get easier, the goal is to find something that you really enjoy that will give you a good workout. Now that spring is coming you may find something outdoors that you like. I actually miss it when I don't exercise now, coming from someone who never exercised before. Try different things.
A helpful thing for me is to be on a cardio machine when a good upbeat fast-paced class is going on on the main floor at the gym, even though I may have a TV show on the machine, the music and watching the others makes me work harder and faster.

REGINA_PHALANGE SparkPoints: (17,659)
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4/7/13 8:07 A

Two thoughts:

1) Yes, it does get easier. Stick with it! Is it possible that you're pushing yourself too much during your workouts? Maybe by lessening the intensity, you'll feel more invigorated after workouts. Granted, everyone does have those "I hate exercise moments" from time to time, so don't get discouraged.

2) I agree with others that it seems like you haven't quite found a form of exercise that a) you like and b) motivates you. I happen to love the elliptical, but I think it's mainly because I download my favorite tv shows on my iPhone and I get so into it that I barely feel like I'm exercising. If that doesn't work, maybe you could try going for a run/walk outside to enjoy the scenery or taking a class at the gym.

BOB240 SparkPoints: (6,131)
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4/7/13 7:47 A

You're doing really well AND you are taking it seriously--- Gym hurts you and you are seeing the effects.

Sorry it doesn't get easier. Just take solace in the fact that you have shown great strength of character to keep going.. at this point by stopping - you are only letting yourself down....

Most people will have given up by the point you are at.. YOU HAVEN'T

NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
4/7/13 6:01 A

The secret to loving exercise is to find an exercise that you love. I often recommend that people scroll through the article called List_of_sports on Wikipedia. There are so many sports and athletic pursuits out there that we haven't even heard of, and yet you're ready to write off all exercise as not fun! Hang on a second! :D For every one of us, there is a type of exercise that will inspire us, it just takes time and searching to find it. It took me a few years to find MY sport and before I did, exercise was a chore for me too (and one I often avoided to my detriment). There are so many options. Check out the list. And remember it's not exhaustive -- my sport isn't even on it!

MPLANE37 SparkPoints: (77,043)
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4/7/13 4:44 A

It is possible to get to like exercise. But you need to work on liking exercise, not just forcing yourself do it. If you don't manage to like it, you will eventually drop it.

As others have said, try many different alternatives, and choose the one that you dislike the least. Then start working on liking it.

To this end, you can:
- mix it with your favorite activity, like a social gathering, watching tv, listening to music/podcasts/audiobooks etc. It is important that you do those activities strictly when you exercise and don't do them otherwise, because you are essentially trying to condition your brain to like it. Over time, because the exercise involves activities you love, your brain will get to like it.
- reward yourself with your favorite activities (as explained above) after the exercise instead of during the exercise, and never if you don't exercise. This will achieve the same effect: Over time you will be looking forward to the exercise time because you will know after the exercise there is the much needed reward for you.

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4/6/13 11:54 P

yes! i used to hate working out. i would ride my stationary bike and i dreaded it every time. it turns out, i didn't hate working out, i hated riding the bike. i tried a few things and found that my favorite type of cardio is interval training. i love variety, and changing intensities often keeps me going. you just have to find something you enjoy doing.

4/6/13 10:51 P

I get downright grouchy if I can't get my walk in during the day. That being said, if I had to do that walking on a treadmill, I'd probably not be so enthusiastic.

If you're having trouble breathing, you might want to talk to your doctor. I have asthma, and if I didn't have my little puffer with me, my breathing would make exercise very unpleasant (probably impossible).

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,981
4/6/13 10:35 P

Yes, it does get easier. I was one of those people that learned to love exercise, but I had to try a few things before finding what I really liked. I do boxing and weights and running, but if you put me on an elliptical or in a spinning class I am not a happy camper. I do these things to mix it up from time to time, but I don't love doing them.

Long story short, once you find an activity you like to do exercise should be much easier for you to mentally deal with. It sounds like you are doing fine physically.

4/6/13 9:57 P

I'm not sure there ARE better activities that I would love, or at least, ones that I can do, schedule-wise, and afford. I am looking forward to warmer weather, as that will get me outside and moving a lot more, but in general, my brain seems to prefer more sedentary (and not very healthy) activities, unfortunately. I guess I need to retrain my brain!

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (183,970)
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4/6/13 9:22 P

it doesn't sound like you've found the activities that you truly love and are passionate about. Pushing yourself is always necessary to keep making fitness gains, and sometimes still are bad days but it is a drop in the bucket, and pushing yourself becomes a fun challenge rather than torture.

4/6/13 9:15 P

I have been working out 4-6 days a week for the past two months, and I still hate it. Some days are easier than others, but most days it still just feels so hard. I keep hearing about people who love exercise once they get going, loving the burn during strength training or the rush from cardio. It doesn't happen that way for me. I've found that I HATE treadmills so I have an elliptical, which is okay, but it's still... hard. And now that I'm working out so much, I have to push myself even harder to keep my heart rate up -- I use a heart rate monitor which tells me how I'm doing... but it's still hard to breathe sometimes. It doesn't help that I hate sweating, too!

Does it get easier? Any success stories or tips? I'm down 19 lbs., which is encouraging, but I feel like most of that is from what I'm eating (and not eating) more than the exercise.

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