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LOVEMOUSE82
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3/6/13 10:21 P

"The activity that burns the most calories is the one you are still doing six weeks later" Amen, UNIDENT.

Now, having said that I will admit that I have actually began to love running. But I am also one of those that HATES strength training. I found some strength training exercises that aren't so despicable to me, and I just totally agree that whatever you do you must love it. Or else you won't still be doing it down the road....this is a lifestyle journey. If you don't think you can keep it up for a lifetime, find a different activity that you can.

One more thing...if you really want to to try to get into running, get a dog! He will force you to take those runs and walks just to meet his exercise needs. I didn't necessarily get my dog just to run with, but I have certainly noticed a difference since I have one. I don't think i would've gotten into running the way I have now without him. Just my two cent side note!

Edited by: LOVEMOUSE82 at: 3/6/2013 (22:25)


MOTIVATED@LAST
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3/6/13 6:56 P

It doesn't really matter what form of exercise that you do, just that you do it regularly. From this perspective, the best form of exercise is the one that you enjoy, as this makes it more likely that you will keep doing it.

But in terms of easing into running, I'd strongly recommend a Couch to 5K program. These programs work through progressively increasing intervals of running and walking. www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
les.asp?id=598

The gradual nature of a C25K program not only builds your fitness, but gives your body the time it needs for your leg muscles and tendons to adapt to the impact of running.

It also helps to keep your running pace down - at this stage it is more important to get used to the motion of running, rather than worrying about the speed.

But if after trying this, you still find yourself hating running, try something else. There are plenty of other forms of exercise out there that if pursued with intensity (rather than just cruising along), provide just as many benefits as running.

M@L



SUNGIRL822
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3/6/13 3:34 P

Try finding some music that you love and get lost in it. I'm not a great runner, so I play games with the treadmill when running.



SBURDEN
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3/6/13 11:12 A

It takes time to enjoy it. I hated it at first. I started with short runs that I knew I could manage. Over time they got easier and that encouraged me to spend more time running. I can now do up to 10 miles (on a few occasions) but it took me 3 years to get to this point. It really helped for me to run outdoors and to have music.



GINNYOK
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3/6/13 8:38 A

Try dowloading the ZOMBIES, RUN! app on your phone. They have a few versions. It's really fun. They give you an interesting story to listen to while you run and you have to run faster when there are zombies, if you want to stay alive and complete your missions. I really enjoy it. It keeps me from getting bored, plus it gives me something concrete to time myself with and build my runs around. I especially like doing it at night. The story is well done, the sound effects are really creepy (if you aren't running fast enough, you can hear the zombies right behind you breathing down your neck, lol), and it keeps me from getting bored or "cheating" by slowing down or cutting my runs short.

Edited by: GINNYOK at: 3/6/2013 (08:40)


GZELLEFRO
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3/5/13 11:03 P

I'm like you: I don't like running, but I started playing soccer a few years ago and started running with some of my teammates, and it actually became fun for us to get together, and just jog and talk. I don't have those friends anymore, (we moved out of state) but sometimes I will just go out and jog and it feels like an old friend.

Maybe if you set a goal for yourself, like running a certain distance (short since you're so new to it) or just jogging to the mailbox or end of the street or something like that.

I like a challenge and that has helped me. Maybe there is a running team here on Spark. Check it out! And maybe jogging just isn't for you. There are plenty of other types of exercises you can do that will get your heart pumping and help you lose weight. emoticon



PHDMAMA06
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3/5/13 10:45 P

There is no reason at all why you have to force yourself to go running if you just aren't feeling it. There are SO many awesome forms of exercise out there, and if you experiment, I'm sure you can find one that just clicks for you. I am sooooooo the same way with cycling. I've been through phases of really wanting to like it and feeling like I SHOULD like it because everyone around here is super into it and it seems like a great workout, but it just isn't happening for me...so I'm learning to accept that and really embrace the things I DO love to do. There is something out there for you, I promise!

That said, if you really feel drawn to running, why not try a program that draws you into it gradually? Get comfortable with walking 30 minutes if you aren't already, and then dive into something like the couch to 5K program to ease yourself into it a few minutes at a time. Consider an event like the Color Run 5K or any local 5K that catches your eye. Sometimes having a goal or being able to run in a more social setting (like a race) can be very motivating!



CAMEOBUTTER
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3/5/13 10:26 P

I used to despise running! I started with walking. I'm lucky to live around 3 miles from work, so I would walk to work. As my fitness level improved I set new goals. Now I can run the whole way to work and today I was able to push myself to run 7.5 miles. I'm also lucky to live in a gorgeous area with lots of small windy roads.



KRISTEN_SAYS
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3/5/13 10:06 P

Although I do agree that you shouldn't run if you don't like it, maybe someday you will learn to love it. I HATED running, but then I was pretty much forced into it by my Body Conditioning instructor in 2011 (beginning of the semester we had to run a mile as fast as we could, by the end of the semester our time had to be the same or improve or else we'd lose points on our final grade) so I started running and I learned to love it. AND I improved my timed mile by almost 3 minutes at the end of the semester. Try a program like couch to 5k, and if you STILL don't like it, then just don't run!



JCWIAKALA
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3/5/13 9:59 P

I admit I love running. Why? It makes me feel empowered. It gives me incredible satisfaction. It's cheap and available at all times. But that's me. There are plenty of other exercises that others find equally if not more satisfying.



DRAGONCHILDE
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3/5/13 8:12 P

Running is only good for you if you enjoy it and can do it. THere is NO reason at all to do it if you don't like it! It doesn't so much matter WHAT kind of exercise that you do, as it does THAT you do it!

If you don't enjoy it, you won't stick with it. Find the exercise that fits you... don't try to fit the exercise.



ZENANDNOW
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3/5/13 7:01 P

In the past I've read about studies that indicate running is not as good for the body as walking, when it comes to weight-loss and maintaining overall health. Running jostles the internal organs (potentially damaging them over time) and puts far too much pressure on the knee and foot joints than walking does.

I'm not planning on running any marathons, and unless I'm being chased by something big and dangerous...I'll not be doing any running. emoticon

Edited by: ZENANDNOW at: 3/5/2013 (19:02)


KFWOHLFORD
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3/5/13 4:31 P

Try running on an elliptical. Is that any more pleasant than running on a treadmill? If not, maybe try something lower impact. Power yoga, Pilates, etc.



UNIDENT
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3/5/13 1:08 P

Have to agree with two of the responses - if you don't like it, don't do it!

Running isn't "special". Any exercise is good exercise.

So instead of forcing yourself to do something you hate, in the hope that you'll start to like it, just do something that you LIKE instead!

The activity that burns the most calories is the one you're still doing six weeks later.



HANA11
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3/5/13 11:50 A

Begin by walking first, till your fitness level improves, then amp up your walks by increasing speed from 3mph to 3.5mph for example, and continue to increase it till you can alternate 30s of jogging with 4 min of walking, then you can increase your running interval time to 45s and decrease your walking interval to 3.5min and so on...... Keep on increasing your running intervals and decreasing your walking intervals till you can run for 5 mn without interruption. Try it and see how you feel. Who knows? You may fall in love with running.😃




ARCHIMEDESII
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3/5/13 11:44 A

Why do you have to love running ? If you don't enjoy running, don't do it. No one says you have to run to be fit or lose weight. There are lots of different other activities you could do instead if you don't like running.

Do you like cycling ? martial arts ? dancing ? swimming ? skiing ? skating ? walking ?

Don't let anyone tell you that running burns a lot of calories. When it comes to weight loss or even weight gain, what matters most is what we eat. Good nutrition is what takes the weight off and keeps it off. Exercise is what keeps our bodies fit and healthy. So, if you don't like running, don't do it. Do something you WILL enjoy.

Exercise shouldn't be a chore. Exercise should be a reward !! So, if you don't find running rewarding, find something that is rewarding for you.

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ROXIELU0422
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3/5/13 11:43 A

Try the couch to 5k program.

However, if you don't like an exercise, chances are you won't stick with it. Try and find something you like to do. Running is good for you, yes, but there are so many other options out there.



VEGASMOM2
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3/5/13 11:38 A

I have read several stories about how good running is for you but I just hate it. Not only is it really hard for me I just can't get my head to think that it is fun. Any tricks on at least starting and how to actually grow into liking or dare I say loving it!



 
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