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KJEANNE SparkPoints: (0)
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1/8/13 2:00 P

If you hate exercise then don't do it! Instead adopt an active lifestyle. By that I mean do activities where you move your body:

Go for a walk with friends
Park your care at the back of the lot so you have to walk
Ride a bike around the block
Take the bus and then walk to your destination
take a dog for a walk
play with your kids (or borrow some kids) kicking around a ball jumping rope etc.
throw a frisbee in the park
Walk to the store
Play sports Wii - I play with my granddaughter

Going to the gym and sweating on equipment isn't fun for most people (I love it!) but I really love being outside and moving my body, getting fresh air.

Edited by: KJEANNE at: 1/8/2013 (14:01)
1/8/13 1:45 P

I also hate working out so I use working out as a stress reducer. I do this by making it into a challenge for me. I am very competitive; so I set goals for myself and I push myself to make them. For instance, my favorite machine is the elliptical. I have a goal to hit 10,000 strides in on hour. I haven't made it yet but I have gotten close. Having this as a goal actually makes me excited to work out because I can't wait to meet my goal.

Another thing you could do is find a way to reward yourself. I have a friend that can only get her workout in first thing in the morning. This means that she has to get up at 3:45 a.m. to get in her full workout before she has to go to work. She puts aside a set amount of money each time that she makes it to her work out. She then uses that money to purchase something that she has been wanting. If she doesn't have the money she doesn't get it.

MARITIMER3 SparkPoints: (216,094)
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1/8/13 1:37 P

Try a variety of programs - things that you can do on your own and things that you do in a group until you find something that you like. Borrow a neighbour's dog and walk it if you don't want to walk alone. Borrow some exercise videos or DVD's and try them at home.

IRISHFANUH87 Posts: 1,038
1/8/13 10:13 A

I love Zumba class, but if you don't want to go anywhere you can get the Zumba videos - they are great if you have the right space at home for it. I also love Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds videos - they require very little space and are quite simple and you can go at your own pace.

JASI27 Posts: 855
1/8/13 8:40 A

I agree! I hate it to so I try and find things to do that aren't considered exercise but have some reward at the end besides sweat! lol I agree with many of the others here that say DANCE! I do this one a lot, get some funky music going and dance! I also karaoke and dance! Mowing the yard or scooping the drive and walks (usually would have my teens do this). Deep, seriously deep, cleaning, gardening. Stuff with 'seeable" progress lol

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1/8/13 7:46 A

A positive and healthy attitude can conquer mountains ....... Literally. The benefits of an exercise program are endless and you have everything to gain and much to lose ............ Abounding health, energy, increased stamina, healthy immune system that can and does ward off much sickness ............... Plus looking good! emoticon

REYNINGSUNSHINE SparkPoints: (20,387)
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1/8/13 3:28 A

Guess what!

I HATE(d) the thought of exercise and going to a gym, too! No, seriously, before I became active, I'd shudder at the thought of this so-called "physical activity." That was because I never learned how to properly breathe while running, so to this day, I still can't run without getting the worst dry throat. I thought all exercise would be boring and so "bad painful."

Well, now I have found a LOT of exercise that I reallllly enjoy:
1) WEIGHT LIFTING. Crazy, right? I LOVE iron pumping. I don't get to do it a lot because the only gym I belong to is my college gym (and all the scary football guys use the free weights/benches), but it is SO MUCH FUN.
2) CYCLING. What is better than exercise while you sit down? Seriously. Grab a book or a TV remote, and your day isn't upheaved at all. YOU WORK OUT WHILE SITTING ON YOUR BUM. Who can't love that?
3) The Arc Trainer. This is my preferred cardio machine. It is like an elliptical, but the way it is designed, your breathing and movements are somehow much more natural, so I don't feel the "bad pain" that I get in my throat from running. It is only slightly more intense than cycling, but I can get my HR up 20 more bpm. They're mega expensive, so I only use them when they're at a gym (I first used them at an old school gym back in Spokane, and my college gym just got two this year, so I'm a happy gir)
4) DANCE GAMES. No seriously. Just Dance is one of the most fun ways to exercise ever, because you look like an idiot and you play to stupidly awesome music (Just Dance 4 rickroll'd me...)
5) EXERCISE VIDEOS. While now I love INSANITY and the likes, I started off with Billy Blanks Tae Bo. He's the most buff guy I'm not afraid of.

GAMEDUTCHESS SparkPoints: (781)
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1/7/13 11:43 P

Dog walking or join an adult team sport like soft ball.

UGAKATE85 Posts: 2,630
1/7/13 8:50 P

you could try walking. i use it as an excuse to get out of the office and listen to music, news, or an audio book. I've heard of some people who pick a book they really want to read, get it an audio version, and only listen while exercising. good luck!

CROWLEY123 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/7/13 8:47 P

I'd say the one thing you could try is to change your attitude!
Really, a year ago I felt just like you, but I figured I had to do something besides starve myself if I was ever going to lose the weight.
So I set out to walk it off, then I sped up a bit and jogged, before I knew it I was ready to run.
Now I run almost every day and I love it, inside or out, track, trail or treadmill, I love the energy, the sweat, the accomplishment, and the joy of exercise.
Try it, you might find that you don't really hate it after all.
Best of luck, but that only comes with hard work!

1/7/13 8:40 P

Ok So once a week I turn on the hit chanel on my tv with music, get my heart rate monitor on and dance your a** off, drop it down low, arms up, make up moves, just dance like no ones looking kinda dancing for like 20 or 30mins! You would be amazed how your heart rate really gets up and how many calories it burns. Its fun and exercise without feeling so exercisey ;-)

FITMARTI SparkPoints: (20,370)
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1/7/13 8:18 P

I received this in a sparkmail today from my "Teachers Learning to Lose" team and I wanted to share it as well as have it on my blog to refer to it when I need it.

100 Reasons to Exercise Now

1. Because it makes you feel confident
2. Because it helps you get stronger
3. Because exercise helps combat depression
4. Because you'll feel proud of yourself
5. Because you have goals you want to reach
6. Because you'll feel bad if you don't
7. Because you want to move forward, not backward
8. Because it burns more calories than not working out
9. Because it improves your heart health
10. Because you want a great butt
11. Because it prevents diabetes
12. Because you want to be a good example to your kids
13. Because you want to feel good in your clothes
14. Because it reduces your risk of cancer
15. Because your body was made to move
16. Because you want to be an athlete
17. Because you want to look better
18. Because it lifts your mood
19. Because you want to stand taller
20. Because it reduces back pain
21. Because it feels good
22. Because it makes you feel accomplished
23. Because you spend most of your day on your butt
24. Because swimsuit season is always coming
25. Because strong is the new skinny
26. Because dieting only works so much
27. Because it strengthens your bones, too
28. Because it helps you lose weight
29. Because it allows you to eat more food
30. Because it's the best way to spend "me" time
31. Because it helps you de-stress
32. Because it's cheaper than therapy
33. Because you want a strong core
34. Because you want to take care for yourself
35. Because you take pride in your body
36. Because it strengthens your legs
37. Because it helps your clothes fit better
38. Because you want to push yourself
39. Because you are capable of more than you ever imagined
40. Because moving your body feels good
41. Because it keeps your mind sharp
42. Because it helps you beat belly bloat
43. Because it helps you sleep better at night
44. Because it gives you energy
45. Because you want to stay healthy as you age
46. Because you want to look younger
47. Because you want toned arms
48. Because it improves your balance
49. Because it burns off last night's dessert
50. Because it boosts your immune system
51. Because sweat is sexy
52. Because you want to live longer
53. Because you want to get better at your game
54. Because you want to catch someone's eye
55. Because exercisers earn more money
56. Because you're more likely to eat better when you exercise
57. Because you want to shave time off your running pace
58. Because you want to breathe easier
59. Because you want to see the scale drop
60. Because exercise improves your sex life
61. Because you are worth it
62. Because being fit makes everything in life better
63. Because you promised yourself that you would
64. Because you deserve a better life
65. Because it'll help you drink more water
66. Because you want to do real push-ups
67. Because it reduces your health care costs
68. Because you'll miss fewer days of work
69. Because you want to create a new future for yourself
70. Because it'll help you like what you see in the mirror
71. Because it'll makes clothing shopping more fun
72. Because you want to look and feel incredible
73. Because exercising can be fun
74. Because it'll help you sweat out toxins
75. Because it's a good way to spend time with your friends
76. Because it'll help you prevent the middle-age spread
77. Because it reduces your blood pressure
78. Because you don't want to let yourself go
79. Because you don't want to squeeze into an airplane or rollercoaster seat
80. Because it strengthens your spirit
81. Because it's a cheap way to entertain yourself
82. Because you'll be able to reward yourself
83. Because you need a reason to wear those new workout clothes
84. Because you're tired of being tired
85. Because not working out is not going to get you very far
86. Because it's a great way to spend time outside
87. Because you made a commitment to yourself
88. Because you're tired of starting over
89. Because there will always be another wedding, vacation or reunion
90. Because you're not a quitter
91. Because it improves your cholesterol
92. Because it boosts your metabolism
93. Because it prevents age-related muscle loss
94. Because if you can do this, you can do anything
95. Because a fit body is a healthy body
96. Because it beats sitting on the couch
97. Because everyone has at least 10 minutes to spare
98. Because you want to be stronger than your excuses
99. Because not working out isn't working out for you
100. Because the only workout you ever regret is the one you skip

1/7/13 8:11 P

Call me crazy, but I enjoy Richard Simmons videos! He's so upbeat & fun... I just laugh & have a great time. I enjoy walking, find a friend to go along with you! I recently bought a treadmill but I prefer walking outside more than using the treadmill (it hurts my ankles a lot). Another option is using the Wii. I have DDR (Dance, Dance Revolution & Walk it Out) I enjoy doing both of those for a change in routine.

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (202,319)
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1/7/13 8:09 P

"I haven't tried a lot of different exercise routines."

be open minded and try everything, even stuff you don't think you might never have to set foot on a treadmill or elliptical if you don't want to.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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1/7/13 7:50 P

Exercise is important for healthy living, and it makes weight loss much easier, but the real weight loss happens in the kitchen.

There is so much more to the world of exercise than treadmills and ellipticals. I avoid them like the plague! GRoup fitness classes, Zumba, video games. Running, walking, biking, swimming. The possibilities are literally endless. Instead of grinding on a treadmill for an hour, you can knock out an intense HIIT session in 15 minutes and get the same basic results! Get off the treadmill, and get outside. Do a 5k. Go for a walk.

The only limit is your imagination! (And occasionally, the weather.)

STAYC615 SparkPoints: (13,371)
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1/7/13 7:50 P

oh yeah, swimming is a great exercise. Works all the muscles.

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
1/7/13 7:47 P

Find a freind to go walking with. Have you thought about swimming it s a good workout.

STAYC615 SparkPoints: (13,371)
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1/7/13 7:47 P

An elliptical isn't that bad. Better than a treadmill. That just wrecks havoc on your joints. But that's just one gals opinion :). I like dancing. Just busting a move, looking a fool. Some oldies but goodies aren't bad either. Jumping jacks and jumping rope are usually included in my workout. Lunges, squats, side lunges are all part of my workout. I don't blame you though. Hated exercise too but realized I needed to get off my butt if I wanted to get back to my old weight.

Edited by: STAYC615 at: 1/7/2013 (19:48)
SUNRISEMOMOFTWO SparkPoints: (3,957)
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1/7/13 7:29 P

I HATE the thought of exercise and going to a gym, getting on the treadmill or the elliptical machine. I haven't tried a lot of different exercise routines. I have about 70 pounds to lose and would love to know what you enjoy and help me LOVE to get that dreaded exercise in!!


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