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DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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1/12/13 10:01 A

My advice would be to invest in some proper moisture-wicking clothes. Having the right clothes for the job makes the task a lot easier. If you're using regular T-shirts and jogging pants or something, you're going to end up sticking in your clothes and being very uncomfortable. A cute headband (like SweatyBands) will keep the sweat out of your eyes, your hair in place, and add a bit of color and fashion to your workout. You can get these things fairly inexpensively at big-box stores like walmart, Target, and Old Navy. I LOVE mine... they dry quickly, keep the sweat off my skin, and now hate working out in regular t-shirts.

What it comes down to is this, though. You are a grownup. You know as well as we do that sometimes, we have to do things you don't like to be healthy. No one likes shots, because they hurt. But we get them anyway, because we know we have to have them, and the alternative is much worse.

So ask yourself this: Which is worse: Getting out and getting a bit sweaty, or being fat and overweight the rest of your life, getting diabetes, joint problems, heart trouble, and all the other attendant risks of being overweight?

Plus, I think the more you do it, the less you will hate it. I used to dread the idea of going to the gym. Now I crave it! You may never love exercise, but with time, and patience, and the proper gear... I bet hate won't be the word you use anymore.

STARDUST2K4 Posts: 1,376
1/12/13 12:59 A

Another one to try is pilates. I took a pilates class when I was in community college. There was little to no sweating.

I personally love to sweat. Perhaps it's because I have so much more weight to lose than you do. I feel like unless I'm sweating, I'm not getting a decent workout in, even though that's not always true.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,566
1/12/13 12:21 A

I don't like exercising either, but I do it because it is good for me. I like being healthy more than I hate exercise.

You see my fitness minutes on my ticker. That has happened because I pushed past the little voice in my head that tells me I don't want to exercise.

NANCYPAT1 Posts: 60,074
1/11/13 11:41 P

To have a successful and healthy, personal program. YOU get to make the choices - not only about the food you eat, but also about the exercise you do. There are hundreds of great reasons to exercise and I am NOT discounting any of them, HOWEVER, exercise is only about 20% of weight loss and food is about 80%. Therefore, it is possible to do this WITHOUT exercise. It is preferable to exercise but NOT absolutely necessary. I do NOT like sweating, so I swim, do water walking, and water aerobics - rarely does the sweat annoy me when I am in the water. Walking is another activity that I do and enjoy - even when my knees HATE me for doing it. Some people find they enjoy other activities and don't seem to mind sweating when doing something that is FUN as well as counting as exercise.

Find something you enjoy doing. If NOTHING fits THAT description, maybe you will decide to not exercise at THIS time and as you lose, you will feel more friendly to moving more and maybe even sweating occasionally. I lost 120 of more than 160 pounds without exercise. The truth is that the last pounds reduced my clothing size almost as much as the first 120 or so AND people REALLY started noticing that I was losing. Having said that, NOT exercising at that time was a deliberate choice of mine because I had lost 100 pounds or so several times through BOTH exercise and dieting - each time it was a FAST and furious loss and it was really rewarding, until I was injured, or got too busy, or whatever took me away from the exercise - the weight returned JUST AS FAST (maybe even FASTER) and the weight that returned brought LOTS of extra friends (more weight) with them. When I did it SLOWLY and without exercise to start with, I regained eventually but VERY slowly and it took nearly 4 years and I never gained ALL of the weight back - so I consider that a PLUS.

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1/11/13 11:09 P

I agree with what everybody else is saying. But each of us is different. I have a co-worker that I exercise with sometimes who simply does NOT sweat. I'll admit, I'm envious, but I also know that's not healthy for you (to not sweat).

I've found that I often have to just bite the bullet and do things I don't necessarily want to do, but then I usually feel better afterwards.

You can work through whatever you want to in order to reach your goals.

1/11/13 9:36 P

I would agree with walking. Also, try yoga. I was in the best shape of my life when I was doing yoga regularly. BUT be careful! Many Americans treat yoga like a competitive sport. If you are sweating, you aren't doing it right (you heard me Bikram Yoga lovers.)


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1/11/13 9:21 P

Hello Melinda,

I love to walk and rarely does it cause me to sweat unless it is a hot Summer day. More than 80% of weight management is what you eat and how much. Strength training, yoga, can be sweat free and round out a healthy lifestyle strategy. Walking is exercise but so beyond that in the way it helps connect with nature, clear away stress and stimulates blood flow and oxygenation in energizing ways. My advice is to start with simple walks.

Congratulation on your college graduating!!

MOOMOO2123 Posts: 2
1/11/13 8:56 P

I have this hatred of exercise and sweat. I know that I need to lose weight and get healthy (I am 54 pounds above what I would like to be) and that I need to exercise along with eating healthy (which I am eating fine now).

My question is:

If I can't stand sweating (I don't mind exercise in general) and it causes me to not want to exercise, how do I push past that hatred to become who and what I want?

I have motivation to become a healthier and fitter me. I hate what I see in the mirror (just the extra pounds) and I even have a dream outfit in the closet that I hope to fit into for a very special occasion (I am graduating college at the age of 34 in May!). I have motivational pictures and quotes put up all over. I am lacking the drive to push past the hatred of sweat!

Any pointers and/or suggestions would be great!!


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