Emma - I'm not overly fond of exercise either. I'm not in the least athletic, my balance is terrible, and I have restrictions due to some medical issues I have. I was fortunate enough to go to an Aquafit class that a neighbour suggested several years ago. I discovered I loved it. The water feels like silk on the skin and you are able to move in a much greater range than you can on land as the buoyancy of the water makes that possible and negates the gravity effect in most exercise. So, the only advice I can give you, as you asked, is to try different kinds and types of exercise until you find one that you do enjoy so you will look forward to doing it.
If time or money is a problem you may have to reset your priorities or find a way to work within your time and money budgets. Sometimes, depending on the need, we have to make time however, you don't have to devote hours, or an hour, or whatever to complete exercise. If, for eg. your doctor has told you you need to do 30 mins of exercise a day, you could maybe go for a 30-minute walk or split it up and go for 3 10-minute walks during the day. You don't have to join an expensive gym or go out and buy fancy exercise attire - if you are working out in some way in your own home - wear your pj's or comfy shorts or pants - something that will allow freedom of movement.
If you don't have to exercise from a chair and can stand on your own 2 feet, I would recommend wearing running shoes when doing any kind of exercise - you need proper support for your feet and you don't want to lose your balance or hinder your progress because your shoes aren't appropriate for the movements you want to accomplish.
Sometimes having an exercise buddy can be a great help as you can cheer each other on your accomplishments, provide gentle pushes to move forward when needed, and/or just keep you company, etc. I find boredom one of the biggest deterrents for me and if I'm on my treadmill or using my pedalling machine, I like to watch TV. If I go for a walk (although those are brief and far between these days due to my heart condition) I like to call on a neighbour to come with me. I do Aquafit about 4 times a week. I no longer belong to a group and go to the pool on my own but there are other regulars and it's nice to greet them and be greeted and to share a story or two - as long as you or they don't chat so much you don't get your workout done.
You have to find what's right for you and fit it into your lifestyle, or the lifestyle you want to achieve. I hope this helps.
Lin from Peterborough, ON., Canada
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