. . . or how I wish exercise gave me pleasure. This is my greatest problem in the endless search for a a healthier lifestyle. Healthy eating is not nearly as hard for me. On January 1st I jumped back into the habit of paying attention to what I eat and drink and without doubt - once I am focused - I really can do that without too much difficulty. But exercising is just not the same thing. I am very lucky in having a Sparkfriend who is regularly sending me exercise goodies with a motivating 'nudge' behind each one. VERY helpful and I am responding because I don't want her effort to be wasted - but I really do have to drag myself to it because overall there is nothing that I enjoy - apart from walking in the beautiful area I live in - if and when the sun is shining. I'm not actually lazy but I need an end product - a cleaner flat - a tidier room - a newly painted ceiling. I have been trying to get into daily strength and stretching and some biking or walking and searching for anything that I am happy to do. This is entirely my own problem and only I can find the solution. I am ashamed to have been trying for so long and simply not cracked it.
I agree with those that say that you need to find exercise you like, it's important. And until you do, just get on with it. Here's one way that you might choose because it takes so little time... I do high intensity interval training, check it out in the book FAST exercise. You just do brief bursts of exercise (cycling, swimming, running) at max intensity for a total of 3 minutes. I started with 8 second bursts and now I'm doing six sets of 30 seconds, with very slow cycling in the recovery phase in between. It takes 20 minutes and as I get fitter the rest intervals shorten. Your attitude HAS to change and as you get the fitness benefits it will. In the meantime, set up a reward system. I have a special shower gel and lotion that I only use immediately after exercise. As I luxuriate in the marvelous scent, I tell myself, you deserve this because of that great session. Hope this helps. Reminding yourself of why you don't like exercise sure won't. 1192 days ago
Maybe you could figure out a physical activity that would produce results AND be exercise. Ex: In season, I count the yard work that I do as my exercise for the day. It involves, cardio, lifting, and stretching. If you don't have a yard, you could volunteer to help a senior in your town with their yard. Yard projects, household projects, shopping excursions, trips to the zoo/museums could be incorporated. Or there are fun activities to do with kids. That would be endless....skating, paint-balling, bowling, practice for sports, geo-caching. 1193 days ago
You don't have to be a triathlete or anything like that.. Walking is great! As we get older as Caz wisely said, we really need to keep doing something to make sure we will be stronger and more flexible. Half the time I do those exercises I mention just for that reason. I really do like watching those videos I mentioned on Youtube as I use my mini cycle. The time flies by and it feels like I am really there! I was and still aren't a fanatic at exercise-but sure enjoy the walking like you do. I do try to use 2# weights off and on during the week, because I know I need to build my muscles as I get older. It isn't easy to get started or to keep up with it. But, as time goes on, it becomes a habit and I always feel so much better doing them. Maybe you could purchase a fitness tracker and keep track of your steps. Set a goal each day. I know my fitbit flex I bought 2 1/2 years ago sure keeps me moving more...so I don' t fall below my daily step goal!
I joined a ten minute a day challenge to exercise, and then jumped on my recumbent bike at home to do it. I still like to do the ten minutes per day and usually do more some days. It is a goal that is not overwhelming.
Don't be ashamed of not exercising. Just start a little goal and be proud each and every time you do it!
Sonia I'm going to give you a different perspective to think on
If you don't use your muscles in "some way" ( and it doesn't mean donning lyrca and sweating in a gym) you'll lose muscle strength and all the LIKEABLE pleasures in life become that much harder to enjoy/perform. If you lose flexibility in your legs you'll find walking or bending to pick up the grands that much harder, So there is and END PRODUCT........................you live better!!!!
I thought you were beginning to enjoy yoga??...............so many benefits to doing that, but something I FIND HARD TO ENJOY - so I do something else I ENJOY and just use the stretch poses for flexibility and to relax before bedtime. To each his own!!!
Please stop beating yourself babe up over not liking exercise- remember you enjoy gardening and walking along the beach.............and yoga!!!! 1201 days ago