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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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  • 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
    Nope, still hate to exercise. You can call it "activity", "play time", or whatever, but it bores me to tears and all I can think about is how long is it until I can quit. When I am done, I just want to sleep. There is no runner's high for me, and I have no desire to run a marathon, so setting a goal to complete some contest is not any incentive for me. I don't think there is one for me. I like to read, but I can't concentrate on reading while I exercise. I like to listen to music, but I can't concentrate on music while I am doing something else. I am too uncoordinated for Zumba and I don't like any type of sports. I can't think of anything that I don't just force myself through, so I don't keep up with it. There are people out there who just hate to exercise! - 4/17/2014 4:11:14 PM
  • I love all the ideas. I used to hate to workout I still struggle at times but I am doing some kind of workout at least 4 days of week. This has been going on now for 2 months solid. I can say I feel good and I am waiting now for spring so that I can really get my walk and rock climbing on. Since it has been cold I do my walking inside and on warmer days I walk on the balconey of my apartment. - 12/30/2013 10:25:12 AM
  • Thanks for sharing - 11/9/2013 5:38:06 AM
  • Thanks for sharing - 11/9/2013 5:37:33 AM
  • BAUMAN147
    I was given an MP3 player for my birthday around the same time that our local library started allowing (free) audiobook downloads for checkout from their website. Time passes a whole lost faster when I'm running, walking or on the elliptical when I'm concentrating on an audiobook! - 11/4/2013 3:20:10 PM

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