Exercise Sucks!

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ENMUQueen

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Posted: 20 Jun 2011, 11:48
Exercise sucks. Everyone talks about the endorphins and how great you are supposed to feel after a good workout, but I work out and I just feel sweaty and tired and cranky. Needless to say it does not add to my desire to go to the gym. Any tips on actually enjoying the gym?
Deana Garcia

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Posted: 20 Jun 2011, 11:56
Are you trying any of the group classes?

Eventually I want to be a healthy weight; and that means leaving a whole person behind.

mwessinger

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Posted: 20 Jun 2011, 12:01
I don't like going either, so I don't go. I have some strength training equipment at home-dumbbells and a resistance band type machine. I have a bike. I walk/run. I do exercise DVDs. I get plenty of exercise without setting foot in an actual fitness center.

Find something other than the gym to do for exercise. But do something. Sure it is hard. You get tired, sweaty, and cranky. It is WORK. And even if you do not enjoy it, just think of it as something that needs to be done to be a healthier person. Or, give up, sit on the couch, forget about a healthy lifestyle, and live a short happy life. That's the choice we all face.
mammasix

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Posted: 20 Jun 2011, 12:16
I didn't always get slap happy about exercising either, it comes with time...and results.
Now I look forward to going. I love the way I feel after. If you read my journal, you can see that wasn't always the case. I could fast talk myself out of exercise any day of the week...and often did.
God made man before women because you always make a rough draft before the final masterpiece (stolen from Coach's journal).
healthy_alli...

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Posted: 20 Jun 2011, 12:51
mammasix wrote:
I didn't always get slap happy about exercising either, it comes with time...and results.
Now I look forward to going. I love the way I feel after.


I agree with Mamma on this one. I remember joining my gym and the owner telling me: "The hardest part of your day will be walking through those doors." and it ALWAYS was. I could find excuses at home not to workout, but going into the gym holds you accountable. There really is no greater feeling then coming off an amazing workout - it's actually like a high for me (Endorphins, yay!). A love of exercise comes gradually, and there are days I don't want to do it, but exercising can cause me to do a complete 180. I'd be in a wicked cranky snappy mood, and exerise, and then I'm a new person - happy bubbly my usual self. Keep at it, you'll appreciate it more over time I swear.
margd1

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Posted: 20 Jun 2011, 14:14
Omg I totally agree - the hardest part of my day is ALWAYS the drive to and walking into the gym. I love the end of my workout solely because it is OVER and I don't have to do it anymore. Someone told me also that it takes 4 weeks to make something a habit, and 4 more weeks to actually begin enjoying it. Thats 2 months right there. And even 16 months and 55 lbs later, there are still times when the last thing in the world I want to do is workout, and I know working out will only make me angrier. The difference between now and then (55 lbs ago) is that I know this is what I have to do to remain healthy. My life depends on exercise now. Good luck Smile
Margaret - "She's got the joie de vie."
kokusho

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Posted: 20 Jun 2011, 14:24
Feeling tired and cranky after working out is a common symptom of overtraining. What do you do at the gym, for how long, and how often?
"Going to war without France, is like going deer hunting without your accordion." -Norman Schwarzkopf
conchfritter...

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Posted: 20 Jun 2011, 14:33
Maybe you're doing the wrong exercises for you? The gym isn't for everyone. One of my favorite workouts is running the stairs at my apartment complex. As long as I have a good battery in my MP3 I can do 100 flights in the Florida heat and really enjoy it. Good luck!
genel

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Posted: 20 Jun 2011, 15:31
I have never liked "working out" either. For me it's just boring work with no purpose. So, my advice is find something you like to do that includes exercise. My wife and I used to go dancing, but her knees are messed up now and she can't do that.

I now get most of my exercise with my hobbies. I do carpentry and masonry work, which are just long periods of moving heavy objects around. I don't necessarily suggest these; unless they appeal to you. The point is find something you like to do that involves being active and do it a couple of times a week.
kokusho

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Posted: 20 Jun 2011, 16:04
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I have never liked "working out" either. For me it's just boring work with no purpose

no purpose? uhhmm... pretty sure working out serves some sort of purpose...
"Going to war without France, is like going deer hunting without your accordion." -Norman Schwarzkopf
gnat824

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Posted: 20 Jun 2011, 16:32
I'd rather sit and home than exercise, but a few tips I've found: focus on things you like doing, even it it means trying new things until you discover what those are. They might not be in the gym, either- my favorite workout is to take my bike out on a local trail. Keep variety in your workout routine to keep from burning yourself out and break things up with interval and circuit training. Provide yourself with distractions like a TV show or movie you like, some good tunes to listen to, or a book or magazine (I love my kindle for cardio machines at the gym). If you can, find something you can build towards- if you can challenge yourself to run a 5k, bike 20 miles, lift more weight, do unmodified versions of the moves, move up to the advanced class, etc, it will give you a goal and make your time more meaningful and motivate you to push yourself (since compalecent workouts don't burn as many calories!) I don't think I'll ever be someone who sees the gym as the highlight of my day, but I can appreciate the sense of accomplishment that comes from reaching a mini goal.
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sunshine_gir...

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Posted: 21 Jun 2011, 07:04
My best advice is to stop expecting it to be fun or enjoyable. Just look at workouts as just that, work, hard damn work. Enjoy having done it for the day.

It took a long time before I started enjoying working out. I hated it, hated the gym, but I made a schedule, and stuck to it, just deciding it was part of my job as much as studying for exams was part of my job. Eventually it was not a question if I should go, I just went.

And in the end I actually missed some of my classes when they were taken of for holidays.

Then I got an injury, my knees couldn't take all the spinning classes I went too. My heel started hurting when I put weight on it. Then I had to finish my thesis and defend it and I stoped working out for a few months. And now I am back to square one. Its just something I got to do...
genel

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Posted: 22 Jun 2011, 14:02
kokusho wrote:
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I have never liked "working out" either. For me it's just boring work with no purpose

no purpose? uhhmm... pretty sure working out serves some sort of purpose...


You're right of course, the purpose of working out is to condition the body; it just FEELS pointless.

I lift weights once or twice a week. What do I have when I'm done? The weights are in the same place and condition as when I started.

I lift weights so that a few days a month I can carry rocks (25-50 lbs) and mortar and build walls with them. When I am done I have a stone wall which is useful.

So, I know there is a purpose -- to keep fit enough to pursue my hobby and live a long life. But… It still feels pointless.
kokusho

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Posted: 22 Jun 2011, 14:23
I see what you're getting at there. I personally like seeing my progression, both in how I look and what I can do. I try to progress with all my weights every week and do a rep beyond what I did last week or even move up in weight. I have almost doubled in strength with some of my muscles since i've started working out and even though I still have some fat on my belly, I look decent with clothes on because my chest, biceps, etc. look more prominent, giving me a nicer shape.

To me, there is purpose to it every time I go because every week I progress and get stronger. I guess if that isn't your goal then it would seem pointless though.
"Going to war without France, is like going deer hunting without your accordion." -Norman Schwarzkopf
Jhern77

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Posted: 22 Jun 2011, 14:39
Trust me. It does SUCK!!! Try to find something that you like. I started easy. I would go for a bike ride, then moved on to walking on the treadmill, increase your speed gradullay. Then before you know it it won't be so bad. There will be days that you don't feel like doing anytthing, but there will also be days when you don't do excersise then you will miss it.
ADobs

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Posted: 22 Jun 2011, 14:50
I also hate working out and I want to like it and enjoy it, I really do, I just can’t. Now I’ve just come to realize that I probably will never enjoy it so I treat it as something that I just have to do. Just something part of my life to make me healthier. What helps me get through working out is I do lots of different things and never the same thing every day. I also prefer doing stuff outdoor than being inside a gym. If my gym didn’t provide classes, I probably wouldn’t even go. So one day a week, I do a class, another day just the circuit or free weights and then the other days, I just take my dog for a walk, roller blade, bike and recently I started doing the stairs daily (and I’m actually surprised but I kind of enjoy doing them!) The "trick" is to find something you like or enjoy and go from there.
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allieaac

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Posted: 22 Jun 2011, 15:09
my FAVORITE exercise is walking/jogging. I like to put on my headphones and just walk. Forget about everything that happened at work and everything that I have to do. I just focus on nothing. Sometimes I jog for 2 to 3 mintues and then walk...I push myself to see how long I can jog before needing a break.
I found that a pedometer REALLY helps me, its like a competition with myself. I seem how many steps I take, I wear it all day from the time I get up until I got to bed. I haave a desk job and so I dont get many steps in at work but I look at my pedometer before I start walking and then when I'm done and I always feel good about how much of an increase in steps my pedometer shows.
Mmmily

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Posted: 22 Jun 2011, 15:39
Do you have a workout buddy? Sometimes just having a friend workout with you makes you more likely to go to the gym in the first place, and if you have someone to talk to it can make the experience less painful.

Other than that, I agree with everyone that you find something you enjoy or something that doesn't feel like a workout. Working out is really about moving and burning calories. As long as you're not being sedentary, and watching your diet, you can still lose weight and be healthy.
mikecontos

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Posted: 22 Jun 2011, 17:52
I hate the gym, therefore, I do not GO to the gym. I stared out by walking. I love walking.It builtinto a little running. I do pushups and crunches in my office. I prefer solo workouts so I do what I like to do.
What do you LIKE to do? easy does it, just do it.
Do it now...tommorrow never comes!
CherryPie

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Posted: 23 Jun 2011, 01:27
I'd rather poke my own eyes out than set foot in a gym - so I don't. I walk my dogs every day and I belong to a walking club, I've got 66 stairs in my own house so I move up and down them, I do gardening, swimming, canoeing, yoga - I enjoy those things. Do something you actually like - dancing perhaps, but just walking will do nicely to start with.

I think the word 'workout' has a lot to answer for - it even sounds dreary. What is the matter with common or garden exercise.



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