Why am I so afraid to exercise?

Monday, January 21, 2013

Why am I so afraid to exercise? I have been asking myself that question everyday! I know in order for the weight to fall off I need to get it moving. However, just the thought of trying to work up a sweat makes me feel queasy. I have been watching the Biggest Loser and I see so much pain in their faces and it scares me. So how do I get over this scary feeling? Anyone out there go through the same thing? Thanks for any help.
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    You don't have to be intensively exercising 8 hours a day to lose weight. But what you need to do is take it one step at a time, set small goals and try to get moving every day. Do what you find interesting---walking the dog, taking a zumba class, riding your bike (when it is warmer)...whatever.

    I think that while the Biggest Loser might be inspiring, it is NOT the regimen any of us trying to lose weight sensibly and get healthier should follow.

    Good luck to you and keep reporting on what you are trying. We fellow sparkers are here to offer you encouragement!
    2548 days ago
    And find some great music
    2550 days ago
    Find ways to just put extra movement into your day. Like the other member suggested, park far away from the entrance, use the stairs. When my babies became mobile I had to use baby gates. But I didn't get the cheater gates you can just open. I got the simple cheap ones I had to step over, and over and over and over. Exersice I wasn't even thinking about.
    Then I started taking group fitness classes and those really helped motivate me. If you can't make it to a gym to do that then I suggest getting a yoga dvd and making time each night, or morning if you prefer, and doing 20 minutes of yoga a day. Make that a habit and work up to more.
    Sweating and working hard can seem terrifying if you don't think you can, but once you start and realize it yeilds an amazing feeling (look at all the research on it) you'll know it is worth it. And just tell yourself that you can, and if it is hard the only way it will get easier is to keep doing it.
    2550 days ago
  • SCORPION1352
    Start out by parking the car at the other end of the parking lot when shopping. Try taking the stairs instead of the elevators or escalators. Try walking to the other side of the house next door for a few days then go to the next house until your comfortable with that.

    Before you know it you'll be walking around the block. Try getting a pedometer and wearing it just see how many your taking a day to day basis. Find a friend to do some of this with. It's always nice to have someone to talk to when your out and about. GOOD LUCK I KNOW YOU CAN DO IT.


    2551 days ago
    Thanks Shantra! Last year I took Tap lessons and loved it. I never took it as a kid and it was amazing fun. I do love bike riding and walking. I really appreciate your encouragement!
    2551 days ago
    Start small. If you can walk then just walk. And exercise doesn't have to be sweating away in the gym doing the kind of stuff they do on the Biggest Loser. Find something you really love to do and it won't seem like exercise at all!

    Try swimming, hiking, bike riding, dancing, roller blading, ice skating.. I dunno.. what appeals to you? Is there something you haven't done since you were a child that you would love to do again? Or maybe something you have never tried but would like to?

    2551 days ago
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