Yikes. Life is short, people. If you really don't enjoy the exercise, it's the wrong exercise ... Try something else. Try just incorporating more movement into things you already do rather than torturing yourself with official "workouts" that you hate. For instance, you can set up a computer with an extra keyboard/trackball or mouse so you can stand sometimes while reading, and maybe get a little walk in place exercise at the same time. My monitor is easy to adjust upward, just pull it up and pull it down. I find that it helps to put my extra trackball on top of a quart container for comfort standing. I do this while proofreading my work, and it really helps me keep focused and more accurate (more oxygen to the brain, maybe...). I sit down whenever I want and while standing, keep moving when I want and just stand when I want. I also enjoy walking in place (especially a simple side step) while reading or talking on my cell phone or watching tv or playing with a cat. The neighbors probably think I'm nuts because I do this even while we're outside (my pruning technique is to pull off a long piece of greenery to waggle at the cats...) Just standing to talk on a phone or read etc. (if you're afraid coworkers will send for the strait jacket if they see you bouncing around) will burn more calories in a day and make a sedentary job much easier on the body. Look for massage sandals or shoe inserts - they really help the circulation. I looked at a Leslie Sansone video to get more ideas for more steps (Walk at Home series, there's a free demo available at various web sites) but mainly just wing it. If I feel the need for more of a boost, I'll use one of her mp3's - but as an enjoyable activity to boost up my energy, not something I must do. I also like to use a 6" step thing sometimes as the closest thing to a "workout" I'm ever gonna get.... it does get my heart rate up and feels good. I tried out the idea on the staircase, but I really like to do it in front of the tv, just as long as I want (usually about 15 minutes). I do have an old Power Rider that I get on for a few minutes at a time occasionally while watching tv just to stretch myself out, but again that's not for a "workout" and I feel no obligation to get sweaty - it serves my purposes just a few minutes at a time. I can absolutely guarantee that just walk in place will do as well as anything else if you're looking to burn some extra calories and feel better - it really adds up fast if you keep track, and is easy to do every day while doing other things. More intensive exercise is fine if you enjoy it - maybe making it an occasional treat rather than a daily burden would help, especially if you find something that really is enjoyable for you in smaller doses so you look forward to it rather than dreading it.
- 7/8/2012 3:52:53 PM