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Incorrect Thinking About Exercise

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

SparkBuddies, my thinking about exercise is pretty bad. I think of it as this chore that needs to be completed before my day can continue or end. It annoys me to no end and I don’t look forward to it at all. This obviously won’t help me lose weight or stay fit. When I’m there on the track, in the park or in the gym I’m glad I’m there. 95% of the time I enjoy it and feel better when it’s done.

Why the constant fight with myself?
Why do I roll my eyes whenever I look at my schedule for the day?
Why do I hate it so?
Why can’t I look forward to it?

I have plenty of options as to what I can do, so it’s not a matter of breaking a rut. I’m a pretty repetitive person anyway, so going for a walk everyday is something I don’t mind doing. How in the world can I change my thinking? I’d love to be able to get up, look forward to my evening workout. Instead, all I do is dread it for the entire day and more often than not (sad to say) not go. Although I’ve been doing very well this month by simply making myself go, I don’t want it to be the chore it is right now.

Any ideas?
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    1856 days ago
    I agree with everyone else, working out in the morning is best. I used to hate working out when I did it after work so I changed to the morning. The first thing I do when my alarm goes off is get up pray, read a scripture and start that workout. It took some adjusting to wake up an hour earlier, but I gotta tell you it makes you feel so much better during the day. You feel satisfied and you can better enjoy your day and evening without stressing about the need to work out later.
    1861 days ago
    I struggle with exercise as well. Like you, I enjoy it most of the time, but when I start to feel resentful about having to do it, ugh, practically nothing will motivate me. What's helped me push through those times is keeping it simple. I pick the thing I hate least and focus on just doing that. I forget about all my grand plans and complicated goals and just try to move. If I can't muster up the motivation for anything else, I can usually find it within myself to at least go walking. No need for gym clothes or a big fuss. I just get out and hit the pavement.
    1862 days ago
    Have to go with getting it done first thing in the morning. If I let it go till the evening, I'm sunk. Most famous excuse . . . I'm tired, I'll do it tomorrow.

    Personally, I didn't like exercise either. Then I started to FEEL how good it made me FEEL. That became my motivation. I wanted to feel how good I felt.

    And for me, my personal issue is type 2 diabetes. I just ask myself, "is it worth it to slack off and have a wonky blood sugar, feeling lousy or have a controlled blood sugar, feeling good." Hmmm...eaier choice to make when framed that way.

    HUGS and hang in there. Don't you dare give up!
    1862 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    i hate it too.. double passion.. do not feel like the Lone Ranger..
    1862 days ago
    I wish I could give you sage advice and motivation, but in reality, I hate exercise, too. The only thing I really enjoy is walking, so I try to do that as much as possible, even just printing to a distant printer so I have to walk the floor more. Good luck and
    1862 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/19/2014 2:40:14 PM
    Is there any way you can get it done first thing when you wake up in the morning? I don't know your schedule but I hate hate HATE exercising at the end of the day. Too much stress.
    I wake up, have a quick breakfast, then get my workout over with and move on to the rest of the day. At first it was hard to wake up earlier but after the first week I was actually looking forward to it. Now if I miss a day I'm pissed and I really want to fit it in.
    Anyways, if that's not possible, try to make it fun adding music (if you haven't already) or see it as your destress time. the time where you can think to yourself about everything going on in your life and relax. Or view it as training for a reward. For example, this summer I promised if I lost a certain amount of weight I would go to a beautiful beach and go biking with my family by the ocean. I see my exercise as training for that and it's also motivation for the reward. I love vacationing with my family.
    So sorry for the long post but try not to view it as just boring exercise. Try to make it special to you personally somehow. Good luck!
    1862 days ago
    I enjoy working exercise in during the course of my day. For instance while riding home from work w/ DW yesterday we stopped at Staples to pick up some ink for her printer. We were about 5 miles from home, the sun was shining, temps were warm...so I said sayonara, see you at home, I'm putting on the tunes and walking / jogging home! What a blast!

    I'm always looking for such opportunities and it makes such a difference.

    1862 days ago
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