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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Yesterday there was a question on one of the message boards regarding doing workouts even if you don't like them. The responses were varied and interesting! Here are my thoughts on the topic!
I've tried to do workout routines that I feel like I need to do because they'll make me physically stronger, help me get in shape, etc.. At times I have grown to "like" some of these routines and they continue to be a part of my life; however there have been a few that I have made the conscience choice to quit, as I just couldn't get to the point where I "liked" them... The choice to "quit" a routine doesn't come easy for me, as I believe in finishing what I start, but after at least six sessions of a new routine if I just am NOT enjoying it... I will and have quit!! It's not about how difficult the routine is, it's about do I enjoy what I'm doing, if I really, truly, don't enjoy what I'm doing it will NOT be come a habit and therefore not a healthy part of my life! Thank goodness, this has only happened twice with cardio kick boxing and then again with cross fit training.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this topic!

Have a wonderful day!
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LORIVIOLA 4/1/2014 9:42PM

    makes sense to me. emoticon emoticon

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NASFKAB 12/9/2013 11:44AM

  there are certain exercises that I cant do likee superman just cant lift my hands so do not do them but there are others that I enjoy

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CORNERKICK 11/16/2013 1:59AM

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1GROVES2 11/12/2013 11:35AM

    Its better to give up what you don`t like than to continue and eventually pan the whole routine. I like your attitude, after 6 sessions ....yeah, I like that.
Thanks for sharing

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MCJULIEO 11/8/2013 10:05PM

    Sometimes I reverse my decisions, too... like reversing my reversed decisions! But that's not always bad; I call it being flexible!

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145HEALTHY 11/8/2013 6:34PM

    Totally agree! Besides, I enjoy variety.

Thanks for the share.

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TAFODIL24 11/7/2013 7:41AM

    emoticon emoticon I like the idea of trying new exercises to bring variety and the key is to do what keeps you motivated to keep on pushing for consistency.

Thank you for sharing.

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LEANMEAN2 11/7/2013 5:14AM

    If I can keep at an exercise until I get better at it, I will like it better.

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BUSMOM27 11/6/2013 5:49AM

    Do what works for you.

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LISA_FRAME 11/5/2013 9:27PM

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DONNELDA22 11/5/2013 1:55PM

    Make It Fun and It Will Get Done is my motto. When there are such a variety of routines to chose from, sticking with one that you don't like doesn't make much sense. emoticon

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EFFRAYECHILDE 11/5/2013 7:54AM

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BANDMOM2012 11/4/2013 9:41AM

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GRAMMAP1 11/4/2013 12:24AM

    You have a good system going for you. Sometimes you can overcome your dislike, but if that doesn't happen...drop it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MAYBER 11/4/2013 12:17AM

    Doing something you neither like nor enjoy makes no sense and is an obstacle to your success
Keep trying new routines until you find something that works for you
This getting fabulous and fit is not a one routine fits all
One day at a time
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SUPERMODEL2BE 11/3/2013 3:04PM

    You could always try the SP workout generator every time you work out!

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TINA8605 11/2/2013 9:19PM

  I usually never like getting ready to exercise but once I get to the gym I get in the mood. Once I get going on the elliptical then the challenge sets in. Then I'm ready!!!

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TEACHEROF4TH 11/2/2013 4:07PM

    I agree that you need to like what you're doing with exercise. There's a difference between not wanting to attend a workout because of feeling lazy or sluggish, and not wanting to go because it's just not right for you. You've made wise choices. Keep working out with what you like, and best of luck to you!

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LEANMEAN2 11/2/2013 8:19AM

    I think that if you like an exercise, you're more apt to repeat it. If you don't like it, you're going to skip exercise.

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JERICHO1991 11/2/2013 6:47AM

    There are so many different routines to choose from. Why not keep trying new ones, and utilize the ones that bring the most satisfaction?

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MYAKAYAH 11/2/2013 4:34AM

    You'll stick with exercise if you like what you are doing, if you hate it you will find a way to quit eventually. I like walking more than anything else I do for exercise so it means the other high burning calorie activities are done less. I can live with that! I never do exercise that I hate period, life is too short for such nonsense~

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BIGGUY01 11/1/2013 8:00PM

  My experience is to find the activities I liked. Mine are hiking, trails, and most other outdoor stuff. I tried the spinning routine and the first time I left the gym, went home and soaked in a hot bath tub with Epsom salts. Didn't try it again for a long time.
As part of my Group Fitness Trainer training I took a day long course on spinning and found out that my bike wasn't set up for my body. I found out that the seat position is sooo important. I tried it again and the soreness was still there but not so bad. I then invested in a pair of cycling pants and now I teach spin several times a week. I just love it and for me I don't think there is a better one hour cardio workout anywhere.
Moral of the story...invest your time in finding out all there is to know about the activity you are "not liking" before you give up on it.

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4KWALK 11/1/2013 5:01PM

    I agree with your point of view. If I don't like something I am not going to do it. It becomes a chore than not fun. Exercise that is not fun does not get done right so what is the sense?

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WHITEANGEL4 11/1/2013 3:53PM

    Great

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RENATA144 11/1/2013 11:29AM

  Do rigorous activities that are necessary in your life. Do them with more vigor. What ever you choose to do MAKE IT FUN. It is in this way you will want to do it more. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JIBBIE49 11/1/2013 1:07AM

    emoticon Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor.

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CORNERKICK 11/1/2013 12:11AM

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MARYJEANSL 10/31/2013 9:56PM

  I think your approach is a good and balanced one.

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DELLMEL 10/31/2013 4:27PM

  emoticon . If it's something you don't enjoy you will definitely fail at it. So try to get into something that really make you really excited to do it.

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CICELY360 10/31/2013 3:51PM

  I think a fun workout can be challenging.

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2TIGRE 10/31/2013 1:42PM

    AMEN!!! I just about believe the same exact thing. The way I see it, for me, maintaining a regular exercise program is challenging enough without throwing in activities I don't enjoy.

I've been maintaining a solid exercise program for nearly two yrs now. The only way I have been able to do this is by finding activities that I enjoy doing. For me, my learning experiences were yoga and spinning.

I gave both activities ample time for me to acclimate to them and neither ever appealed to me enough to continue after my intro pkgs were done. Furthermore, with yoga, I actually injured myself to the point where I couldn't even engage in my fave activities for a couple of weeks. Even then I had to ease back into my fave exercise so as not to injure myself again or cause more pain.

While I'm not opposed to trying new things, these days, I stick to my running, walking and core exercises. They've been working for me for a long time and I really enjoy them.

Comment edited on: 10/31/2013 1:45:46 PM

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MRSRIGS1 10/31/2013 11:37AM

    emoticon You will not make it a part of your routine if you are not enjoying an exercise. There are so many to choose from that I'm sure you'll find one that you do enjoy and therefore stick with. emoticon

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PROPMAN1 10/31/2013 10:47AM

  I agree about quitting if you don't like what you're doing because if you don't enjoy it....it will not become part of your program. Sometimes, it's best to give it the good old 'college try' and if it still isn't for you...let it go. You never know what will happen once you really try it.

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PERRYR 10/31/2013 10:39AM

    Gotta weigh in here. I agree - if you don't like it, quit, find something else.
BUT - have to be honest with yourself before you quit. If you quit because it is too hard, because you aren't fit or strong enough, maybe you just need to scale back until you are fit enough.
It seems that you would run out of options if everything isn't to your liking.
If the others in your class have been doing it for a long time, of course they'll be better at it and have an easier time.

Bob

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SJKENT1 10/31/2013 10:37AM

    I don't like exercise... I don't like getting up early to exercise... I hate it. But I do like how I feel when I exercise... I like how I look when I exercise (well not during emoticon ) but because of the exercise... so I do it!

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AMARILYNH 10/31/2013 10:33AM

    I agree and disagree. If you can find another exercise/plan to gain the same strength, then yes, I agree 100%. But I (this is just me) don't like ST, yet I am doing it because 1. I like the muscle definition I'm seeing in my arms and 2. muscle burns more calories than fat and 3. overall strength gives me more 'functional fitness'.

For me, I haven't looked hard enough to find SOME ST routine that I like. I hope I will one day, but I haven't yet. So until I do I will just grin and bear it. Because I DO like those muscles!!

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JOANNHUNT 10/31/2013 9:31AM

    GOOD QUESTION. IF YOU CAN'T GET INTO THE ROUTINE MOVE ON AND TRY ANOTHER. GO BACK AFTER A FEW WEEKS AND TRY IT AGAIN. IF YOU STILL CAN'T GET INTO IT, MOVE ON. IF YOU CAN'T GET INTO IT, IT ISN'T GOING TO HELP YOU. ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY AND REMEMBER TO HAVE FUN ALONG THE WAY.



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SBARGANZ 10/31/2013 8:54AM

    I'll change it up a bit, but I don't truly enjoy working out. Period.

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CHERYLHURT 10/31/2013 8:25AM

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 10/31/2013 8:17AM

    I agree 100%. If you don't think "wow, I am going to do xx" today as opposed to "oh, I have to do xx today" Makes all the difference. I think you are spot on!

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NANFITGRAN 10/31/2013 6:53AM

    I totally agree with you. There are so many different workouts/routines/activities to choose from that finding one that you enjoy and look forward to will mean that you will actually DO it rather than avoid it. Just find a few so you're not stuck in a rut, mix them up to challenge yourself and your muscles, and keep on "sampling" different things. You're bound to find some new ones to add to your mix emoticon emoticon

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NANFACEMIRE1 10/31/2013 6:47AM

    emoticon emoticon Find something that works for you...you will enjoy it so much more....

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THINFITFEMINIST 10/31/2013 6:45AM

    I have a muscular issue that acts up if I exercise too strenuously or too long. Part of that is having to modify what I do for exercise. I am not certain how this effected past new work out routines. Let's just say for the sake of honesty, I've given a lot my best and cannot do that anymore.

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ROS3MARY 10/31/2013 6:21AM

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WRITERWANNAB 10/31/2013 1:39AM

    If I try to make myself do something I really dislike, I'll use any excuse not to work out. Often there is another exercise that will achieve the same improvement. We have to be able to adapt. emoticon

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LIVELYGIRL2 10/31/2013 1:01AM

  It's good to try a variety and do a few things that are plain good for you, or maybe some wouldn't exercise at all. But it's kinda dub to always do stuff you dispise, don't ya think ?

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