Does anyone else just not like exercise?

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Posted: 20 Sep 2010, 19:39
I'm pretty fit. I've lost around 70lbs, and can set the treadmill at a seven minute pace and keep up without dying for a good bit of time. I'm not marathon ready by any means, but it is not a passion of mine.

I just don't enjoy exercise. I have tried several different forms, and the only one that was remotely pleasurable was ballet, because it was intense, but assisted in flexibility and body control.

I still work out, but I really only do it so I can eat/keep up with life.

Am I alone in this? I read posts about people who look forward to exercise, and it is just unfathomable.
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Posted: 20 Sep 2010, 19:55
I hate 'exercise'! I've lost 162lbs and learned early on that I'd never stick to a gym routine or doing something I absolutely hated. But I stay active by getting out with my camera. I can walk for hours and miles poking along taking photos. For a long time I felt bad because according to the fitness gurus all that activity didn't count since I wasn't getting my heart rate elevated for long periods of time. Well, I say horse pocky! It's better than sitting on the couch! And my Dr. agrees. I'm fit, I'm active and as long as I just keep moving he's OK with that.

That said....I just bought an elliptical machine for this winter when I can't get out. It the one machine I did miss from the gym. It doesn't hurt my arthritic knees and I really don't mind using it. Can't say I love it but I don't mind it!

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Posted: 20 Sep 2010, 20:04
I feel the same and I'm not doing as much as you are. I'm trying different things but am still having problems. With working in the stressful job I have, by the time I get home or get my weekend, the last thing I want to do is exercise. Too little time to pack in some things that make life enjoyable and relieve the job stress.

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Posted: 21 Sep 2010, 00:19
I enjoy strength training and yoga classes, but I hate free weights and exercise machines. I can't run more than two miles on a treadmill--and I do run marathons! I really only enjoy cardio if it is outdoors.

Find what works for you. If you liked ballet for flexibility and body control, you might enjoy yoga. I also found that running races gave "working out" a whole new meaning....The short term goal of a race is a great motivator!

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Posted: 21 Sep 2010, 04:00
Absolutely not. I think a lot of people really do get an endorphin rush from exercise, and for them, they can't contemplate why others don't "just move".

But for others - myself included - and it sounds also like you, it's just sheer torture.

It's all about finding something that works for you. I'm entirely too busy and stressed out to do something I abjectly hate. I'm mature enough now to know that if I just detest it, I'm not going to do it. I had the great idea that I was going to ride my recumbent bicycle while watching TV. I had several shows I was watching at the time, and even if it was only one or two hours a week, then that was still more than I was doing. And that has to be an improvement, right?

And . . . you know what happened? ALL of them went off the air. ALL OF THEM.

So much for that idea. (It was a good one, while it lasted).


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Posted: 21 Sep 2010, 06:05
I have to push myself to exercise but I feel better if I do, I usually do the elliptical and then some weights in between. I got some muscle tone but it hasn't really helped with weight loss which was what I really wanted so it is hard to be motivated. Today I think I might actually have a little time with the house to myself so I think I will do a DVD that I don't feel comfortable doing if anyone is home,

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Posted: 21 Sep 2010, 07:35
I've been whining about my lack of desire for exercise since I came to this site.

It has gone from hating exercise to where I can just tolerate it today. I doubt I will ever actually enjoy it (other than racquetball - I actually like racquetball).

I have convinced myself that 4 hours per week of exercise is a small price to pay for the myriad of benefits that I get from doing it. I see it as the prescription for what ails me.

I have found that setting personal goals helps for those of us who are even mildly competitive.

The benefits far outweigh any of the perceived negative aspects, like time standing absolutely still when I'm doing any exercise (except racquetball).

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Posted: 21 Sep 2010, 07:42
dianaramadani wrote:
It's all about finding something that works for you.

I completely agree with this! I found joining a team sport really helped with motivation and, I wasn't really tracking when I first started, but I definitely dropped a few lbs too

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Posted: 21 Sep 2010, 07:59
I have never enjoyed exercise. Do I get that small rush after I'm done and feel good? Yes I do. Do I like it enough to keep coming back to it? No I don't. So it's always going to be a challenge for me to choose working out over other activities I enjoy more. I'm not an athletic person, I'm not coordinated and there is nothing "fun" about being on an elliptical for 20 minutes staring into space. Just zoning out and listening to music is not on my normal list of activities nor is watching the TV stations the gym has tuned in for our "enjoyment".

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Posted: 21 Sep 2010, 08:31
It is definitley about finding something that you enjoy, or at least something that keeps you interested.

For me it is strength training, seeing my strength increase week after week makes me feel like i am actually making a difference, and it keeps me interested.

But i'm really just like the rest of you, i HATE excercise, especially if it involves going to the gym...

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Posted: 21 Sep 2010, 08:42
I'm with you, it is something that I do because I have to. I do enjoy my Pilates classes though. I have a really good instructor, so it is a fun environment, and I know that I benefit from the exercise. I do enjoy walking too, so maybe I'm getting there. I agree it is about finding what you like, it's taken me a long time to get to this point. I'll never be a gym rat.

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Posted: 21 Sep 2010, 10:53
I definitely used to hate exercise, but I love it now! It took about one year of going to the gym 4-5 times a week before I started to like it and stopped trying to find excuses to skip it.

I agree with others- find something you like. Have you tried group classes? Or maybe a dance class? Or maybe some video like hip hop abs or something equally hilarious? The benefits are so many, I would really try to find something you like to do.

Personally, I love being on the elliptical listening to music. I spend all day talking to people and working on complicated projects sitting at a desk staring into a computer. My brain needs a break from problem solving and my body needs a break from sitting. You CAN change your habits. If you had told me 2 years ago that I would be saying I love exercise now, I would have laughed in your face Smile
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Posted: 21 Sep 2010, 11:02
I am an exercise convert! I used to hate exercise, but only because I kept on trying to enjoy things that I just didn't enjoy. I have discovered that I LOVE CARDIO and don't really enjoy weight training. Everyone who knows about my routines tells me that I will need to incorporate weight training if I want to lose weight... but I've lost almost 50 pounds without it.

Maybe you should do what you enjoy (ballet). That's what I suggest!

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Posted: 21 Sep 2010, 11:42
I really used to hate hate hate exercising, but I have to say I am starting to get addicted and am actually disappointed when I miss a session. I never thought I would enjoy a group aerobics class, because I am a bit self concious, but I actually am enjoying it. I have found that I do much better when I have someone telling what and how to do something, rather than just roaming around the gym trying to figure out what I need to do...I agree with most on this site, do what you enjoy. If you enjoy ballet, then do that. Maybe you could find a yoga or pilates or even a yogalates class that you would enjoy? Good luck!

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Posted: 21 Sep 2010, 12:39
I don't like exercising. I do have a personal trainer twice a week and I keep her because if I don't I won't go to the gym at all! I feel like I have to go because we have an appointment. I've been with her since March and I thought by now I'd get used to it or even enjoy it, but it's getting harder and harder to go. It takes everything I have to get there and I don't understand why. I have every bit of exercise equipment at home also and I buy it with such motivation then lose it very quickly. I don't get that endorphin rush people talk about. I too had the idea to exercise while watching movies or TV but the equipment is so loud you can't hear the tv, so that took care of that. I do like to walk. Even though that's not the best exercise (because I don't walk at a very fast pace) I feel it's better than nothing!

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Posted: 21 Sep 2010, 12:43
I like lifting weights when I am in to it, but I honestly don't normally like it. I like how I feel after, and sometimes I love it. It's needed and I mainly do it because I know I have to.

I do look forward to my Sunday chest day because it;s the day after my spike and I am usually strong, but my weekday workouts I don't normally love doing.

My point is don't feel bad if you don't like it. I think it's pretty normal, but you still have to do it Smile
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Posted: 21 Sep 2010, 15:19
haha, i'm just the opposite! i wish i would have realized how much i love exercise earlier. i go for at least 40 minutes, 6 days a week.
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Posted: 22 Sep 2010, 11:18
I hear you! No force on earth will make me jog or get on a treadmill. What worked for me was joining a gym (in my case, the YMCA) with a ton of classes to choose from, and then trying a bunch until I found some I like. I've been doing yoga for years, so I still do that, but now I also do Pilates, Zumba, NIA...any type of dance or stretch class. I've just recently finally found a strength class I like as well--it's called Muscle Pump. I tend to hate strength training so it was a big deal to find a class I like. I would just say to try lots and lots of things until you find what suits you.

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Posted: 22 Sep 2010, 12:12
I hated/hate exercise, but I've set a goal for myself and I really want to get there. For some reason this time I feel differently. I've started barbell exercises, that I was scared to death of, and now I really enjoy the workout because it's quick. I am doing high intensity for a short amount of time. And yeah the heavy bar sucks on that last rep, but I feel so good about myself after. And after the first week, I no longer have to live with the pain.

I know you are already a runner, but for people who aren't. I hated running, I couldn't believe people would go out and run for "fun". How ridiculous is that? Well I started reading about the Couch to 5K program. I'm only on Week 2, but the thought that in 9 weeks I'll be able to run for 30minutes straight is just mind blowing to me. So I want to prove I can do it. Now it really is important to me to be able to get there. And after each time I work out, I am so proud of myself for sticking through it through the hard stuff.

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Posted: 22 Sep 2010, 12:56
kmg3366 - I bet you will run for 30 minutes given your attitude. When I started running I had to stop after 3.5 minutes due to pending death.

Now I'm running 5k routinely with my best time of 27:04. My first 30 minutes of running occurred within a month of my first try.

I'm finding that regardless of the exercise, if we can force ourselves to do it long enough, the body adapts and it becomes progressively easier. I am finding this the case for all of the exercising I do.

I'm trying this theory out on push ups. I want to do 50 consecutive push ups, so I'm going to do some every other day until I achieve this goal. The next will be 100.

The down side to this muscle memory is that the benefits of the exercise will decrease over time so that it requires more of it to get the same results. With running, I can jog a slow 5k and barely be winded when I'm done. Same with my strength training. The weight keeps going up on the bow flex in order to get the same "burn".

The way to resolve this is to mix up the activities to keep working different muscles.

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