Hi, JMARJEAN. That's the way I considered exercise when I started a few years ago at the age of 52. I had been diagnosed with Type II diabetes along with my high blood pressure. I really needed to lose weight for my health and knew I had to exercise even though I hated it.
If I didn't want to die prematurely, I needed to eat lighter, reduce my carbohydrate intake, and start exercising regularly. I considered in the same category as taking my meds and testing my blood sugars every day.
That was 6 years ago. Since then, I have lost 50 pounds and become more healthy and physically fit than I have been in decades. I take fewer medications and my Type II diabetes diagnosis has been downgraded to "insulin resistence." I still don't LIKE exercise, but I don't mind it as much as I used to because I have seen and felt the benefits for myself. I do it even though I don't always want to do. I don't have to like it: I just have to do it.
I am not a morning person and I can't imagine ever getting up earlier to exercise. So I do DVD's after work. Yes, I am tired after work and I don't always want to do them -- but I do them anyway immediately after coming home. They help me transition from work to home and wind down after a stressful day. I force myself to start -- and always feel better when I finish.
You are not alone. Not everyone who exercises like it. Good luck to you.
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