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Hate to Exercise? Try These Ideas!

Fresh Fitness Ideas from SparkPeople Members

Are you the type of person who hates to exercise? You're not alone! If your motivation (or creativity) is lacking, try some of these workout ideas from SparkPeople members like you. They're simple, accessible and fun—you'll never dread another workout again!
  • "I used to hate exercise, because I associated it with things that are boring to me, like sports and bike rides and walks. But now I have a stationary bicycle, which is great for me, because I can read while I'm on it. Reading is one of my favorite things to do, and definitely not boring. Now I actually look forward to exercise."
  • "I find it's easier to exercise if there's a purpose to it. I don't run on a treadmill, but I run to the grocery store to buy one small item. I ride my bike if I need to go to a bookstore. I walk to the grocery store if I need to buy something I can't carry while running."
  • "I have always thought of my exercise time as ME time, and I try to treat each session like any other appointment in my day. I don't do it for anyone else's benefit, only my own."
  • "Buy something that makes you feel good about yourself when you workout (a cute top, cool sneakers, etc) and that helps too."
  • "Try coming up with something you really want to do, like a triathlon or road race, and figure out what you need to do to accomplish it. It is a great motivator, and more importantly (I think), your motivation changes. It's no longer about losing a few pounds, but rather accomplishing something much larger."
  • "I used to not like working out—I'm not athletic at all. For me, it was as simple as signing up for exercise classes at my local community college. Once signed up, I felt like I needed to attend. My first class was Zumba, and it was such a blast I signed up for it again this quarter. I also signed up for weight training and water aerobics. It certainly seems to be helping not only my weight but also my disposition."
  • "You don't have to 'exercise.' Just find an activity that you enjoy—maybe dancing? The more you start to move the more you're going to want to move. It may sound silly but it's true. Start small and just add a little more movement each week. Also, weight lifting can be very empowering. You just may like it."
    —HEVER79 Continued ›
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  • "Find an activity you like". The activities I like to do are reading, singing and playing the piano. I don't think those would qualify as exercise.
    I exercise simply because I have to, not because I like to. Walking for longer than about 15-20 is out of the question since I have a bad back. The recumbent bike is the main cardio and it's about as boring as it can possibly be, and I can't read while exercising. I literally count down the minutes until I'm finished. - 5/13/2015 12:12:32 PM
  • YEYA017
    when you are too lazy to actually write an article, just copy-paste comments from the users in a compilation - 5/13/2015 8:05:18 AM
  • "You can choose to strength train or you can choose to have osteoporosis. Which do you think is more fun?" (LITE99)
    WOW now that really is helpful and motivating (NOT)!!! - 5/12/2015 1:55:11 PM
    Nothing new - 5/12/2015 10:31:06 AM
  • I don't know that I'll ever "like" exercise, but I like to keep my dog happy. Walks are a must!

    A water walking class at the pool was fun, easy on the joints, & sweat-free. Hope to do that again! Great article!
    - 4/19/2015 11:59:50 AM
  • I joined a walking group. Found one on and we get together 3 to 4 times per week. Making lots of friends who inspire me. I didn't realize how much I missed the social side of life. Definitely something I want to do for a lifetime! - 4/13/2015 7:57:19 PM
  • CRUMP8470
    thank you SparkPeople, i will again park my car further away from the places i go. - 4/13/2015 12:29:36 PM
  • My husband left so now I do not have a car. I walked over 6 miles last week for shopping, appts and catching the bus. Besides the heavy housework, I've dropped 2.5 lbs in 1 week. This is definitely enough exercise for me. - 4/13/2015 10:07:07 AM
  • I don't hate to exercise but these are awesome ideas for days when I am not so motivated! Love! Thanks guys! - 4/13/2015 9:23:58 AM
  • Thank you. I needed this today!
    - 4/13/2015 8:10:09 AM
  • JOTOP11
    Thanks, all ideas are great and very helpful!!
    - 12/31/2014 9:24:59 PM
  • Thanks for sharing. There are some really wonderful suggestions that I will be using! - 12/4/2014 1:11:43 AM
    I hate any and all exercise that is defined as exercise! LOL! So I purposely don't use that label.. I simply do FUN ACTIVITIES :D I don't just run - I run through the sprinklers! I don't do Zimba - I just dance! I don't use a stiff workout ball - I play with my flowing Vertical Vortex (vortexflowtoys.c
    om)! There are so many ways to stay active, and playing with toys or acting like a kid is what works for me :) - 9/19/2014 1:50:14 PM
    Mischelle40 fear not, you are right, we are not all made to enjoy the same things. I have Multiple Sclerosis and in "my world" housework is considered exercise. Pushing a vacuum, picking up a basket of laundry, even stretching to get things out of a kitchen cabinet must all be done with care and approached as exercise. Walking through a store such as Fred Meyer/Kroger, Target, Wal-Mart, let alone a mall is not just exercise but a hike deserving of a nap afterwards. Exercise is in the eye and body of the beholder. - 4/28/2014 8:40:57 PM
    I am one of those people that just hates to exercise. I don't like to sweat, it freaks out my already uncontrollable hair, and now brings on hot flashes, lovely. BUT, exercising is absolutely critical for me to control my weight. I eat healthy but I've got to burn those calories so I exercise. Some people like variety but I'd just as soon have a set thing to do and just do it. I live in a rural area so going to a class or gym is not an option. So for me the best exercise is my elliptical. Occasionally I try to throw in some floor exercises or try a video but the time it takes to learn something new frustrates me so I just go back to my elliptical. Recently I converted a spare bedroom into my workout room / closet and have really been enjoying the space. For me the best way to get through the 45 minutes is to flip on the DVR and get into a show for 45 minutes. It has become my "me" time to watch those shows my husband doesn't care for and he likes the hour to get to watch the Military channel. Win win! - 4/21/2014 8:41:53 PM

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