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Hate to Exercise? Try These Ideas!

Fresh Fitness Ideas from SparkPeople Members

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  • "I hate exercising to, so I have to be very creative in what I do. I always do my stair step machine because I can watch television while I am doing that. I usually pick something to watch that really entertains me because it takes my mind off of what the exercise is. Other times I walk my booty off outside. I take different routes each time I walk. That way I have something new to look at while I'm walking."
    —KIMMERZ67
     
  • "I thought I hated exercise, but what I really hated was going to the gym, so I don't go. Now I have a couple DVDs that I do in my living room and I do power walks that include these really steep stairs in my neighborhood. On weekends I hike or ride my bike."
    —LILBLUFISH
     
  • "You need aerobics and you need strength training. This can be exercise or it can be play. Since you hate exercising, then you need to play. For aerobics, try dancing, skating, sports, playing with the kids, or walking with your best friend while chit-chatting—find something FUN. For strength training, volunteer somewhere you have to lift things, find toddlers you can use as free-weights while playing, or wrestle your spouse for the remote control. You can choose to strength train or you can choose to have osteoporosis. Which do you think is more fun? Consider it insurance for your future."
    —LITE99
     
  • "Working out is the hardest thing that I have to do all day. Try distracting yourself while you workout. I received an iPod shuffle for Christmas and use it every time I work out. If you figure that one song is roughly 4-5 minutes, then in a 30-minute workout, you will have listened to 6-7 songs. Not bad, right? I find music to be a great distraction when I'm working out. Each song takes me to a different place! It's great!!"
    —MICHELE1010
     
  • "I often find it hard to get motivation to go to the gym, but not to go on walks. What I did when I started was only walk outside. I lost 30 lbs in about 3 months, just by walking everyday and eating less."
    —MICHELLE8182
     
  • "When I go to the gym, I dread doing cardio machines. So I do 10-15 minutes on three different machines. This way I get my 30 minutes in, but I have small breaks and I feel good. I am not thinking after 5 minutes, '25 more minutes?' I am thinking, 'half way there!'"
    —NIKKI1982
     
  • "Start small and build. I started by getting off the subway train a stop early and walking 10 minutes to get to work. Now I get off three stops early, coming and going for a total of 50 minutes a day."
    —OHHHCHELLE
     
  • "I used to hate exercise and only did it because I had to in order to lose weight. Then I started trying new things. I discovered that I love yoga. And the most surprising thing is that I like to run! I think once you find something you enjoy, the more you do it, the more you want to do it. I also used to hate exercise because it was hard for me. The more I do, the easier it gets, and the more I like it."
    —OUTOFCONTROL
     
  • "We have to stop thinking about exercise as a nuisance. Our bodies were designed to move! Don't even call it 'exercise.' Just get out and live! I'm at a point now that I can't end the day without doing some sort of meaningful movement, whether it's taking the dogs outside or just 10 minutes on the recumbent bike. It seems like I usually end up doing more than I intend to do and I feel so good afterwards."
    —PENSKE40
     
  • "I hate exercises too! I use Coach Nicole's video workouts."
    —SOGOOD_7
     
  • "I do 'activity' exercises like tennis or rollerblading. Put me on a bike and I'm lucky if I can do 20 minutes, but when it's sport-like I don't even notice that I'm exercising!"
    —TALLAROO
     
  • "Different things work for different people, so try a bunch of different things. Go to your library and see what they have in the way of fitness DVDs. There are also a bunch of places you can download audio files of workouts to use while walking or doing stuff at home. If you think you might enjoy group exercise classes, check out your local gym. See if they'll let you try it out for a week, or pay as a guest to see if you like it. There are more and more video games that involve activity. If you have a PlayStation 2, there are a bunch of dancing games, fitness programs like Yourself Fitness, and even games that use a little camera (EyeToy Kinetic)."
    —TERRIMEIER
     
  • "I started running at age 44 (I could only run for 30 seconds before I had to start walking). Fast-forward 18 months and I now run 5 miles (average) 3-4 times per week. What keeps me going are the constant challenges I take on.—signing up for a 5K run weeks ahead of time, keeps me totally inspired to keep on training. If you need to find a race in your neck of the woods just check out Active.com. Keep in mind that the majority of these events are run/walks. I have over 25 T-shirts and 8 medals and trophies and I wear and display each one. And the best thing is that I am getting healthier while donating money to many great charities."
    —5KMOM911
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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
    • RACHELETAL7
      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 Meetup.com 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 Sparkpeople.com! 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
    • KAYLEEEHMERS
      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
    • THIAHART
      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
    • MARYROSE90
      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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