Confession: I don't like exercise?

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roseomg

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Posted: 07 Aug 2013, 15:57
I feel really bad about this, and I lie to people about it. I hate exercise. I live a particularly sedentary lifestyle having a desk job and my hobbies include reading, art, and video games. I'm very comfortable being alone and still. If someone wanted to go out for a hike or something I suppose I would enjoy it, but the social aspects rather than the actual activity. I have a treadmill that I got out of the trash and I use it! Honestly I do, about three times a week but boy do I hate it. I don't mind sweating and I feel pretty good afterwards it's just the actual activity that I find such a drag.

I really don't want to feel like it's a chore or something that I dread during the day, and frankly I NEED to exercise more than I do. Anyone feel the same way?Any tips as to convert my lazy preferences and trick myself into actually enjoying this active lifestyle stuff? Thanks for listening.
Nimm

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Posted: 07 Aug 2013, 16:09
Exercise can yield a lot benefits to health, mood, and body composition, but it isn't necessary for fat loss, and it can be extremely uncomfortable starting out.

I eased into a more active routine before exercising regularly. I started simply by walking more, taking strolls around the neighborhood after dinner. Going out anywhere, I'd park further away from the door, to get another 20 yards of walking in. Given the choice between an escalator and stairs, I'd take the stairs...sometimes. If I was at a computer desk and wanted something in the other room, I wouldn't wait until I needed 5 things before making 1 trip, I'd get up and take 5 separate trips. And so on.

It adds up, and the walks became longer and frequent, before turning into jogs. Swimming was another good choice - much less stressful on the knees and other joints.

Ease into it - there's no need to go all-out from day 1. That would likely be counterproductive anyway. Finding activity that you enjoy and can not just tolerate but sustain is the better approach for long-term success.
fatoldlady

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Posted: 07 Aug 2013, 16:51
I agree with Nimm, you have to find something you enjoy. I have tried various exercise routines and couldn't maintain them for more than a few months even though I did feel a lot better. What worked for me was getting a dog. I'm OK with me sitting and rotting on the couch but feel guilty if the dogs don't get their exercise, they enjoy is so much. I find the walks much less boring and tiring for some reason when I'm with the dogs. I also enjoy gardenning and yard work. When mine is done I go and help my friends with theirs. This level of exercise is not going to get me the perfect body but it does keep me moving every day.
roseomg

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Posted: 07 Aug 2013, 17:17
Nimm, I will try to ease into things. I am usually a very "Jump into the deep end" type of person so controlling myself in that way is difficult. It sounds like you have a mindfulness to the seemingly mundane things in your life (separate trips for separate things, nature walks) and I admire that quality. Thank you for your input.

Oh my Gods, I wish I could get a dog. I don't have a yard and my apartment complex only allows cats. Fatoldlady(Why would you call yourself this? lol), your method of working out would probably work for me as I loved gardening as a kid. I like your perspective though, looking for activities you like rather than an "exercise regiment." I'll look out for things like that which I may enjoy, I'm a very private/introverted person but perhaps I'll look for a community garden? These methods have obviously worked for you as you've lost 88 lb? Wow, that's a pretty awesome accomplishment!
Poison fat

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Posted: 07 Aug 2013, 19:40
OMG! You are my twin! I hate do exercise and love read, videogames and other sedentary activities... I try change to! Do you try do exercise at home with videos? Gym is a horrible place for introverted person, I kown!
onedaat

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Posted: 07 Aug 2013, 19:48
Maybe it's the type of exercises you're doing. I hate being stuck in a gym. For me it's more fun doing some activity with a purpose and a goal; hiking, running around flying kites, river row boating, building things, skating, gardening etc. Maybe put exercise on the back burner and just try to find an activity you enjoy that also incorporates movement. What about volunteering to play with the dogs at the animal shelter? You can get lots of exercise running around with them. What about salsa or ballroom dancing?
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Posted: 07 Aug 2013, 21:19
You and a million other people. A lot of good advice given above. Keep an open mind and check out the various types of exercise. Kudos on the walking. Maybe a little music or watch a program for that period of time. You'll figure it out.
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Posted: 07 Aug 2013, 22:17
As ClassicRocker said, "You and a million other people". I know this sounds dumb, but when I first started at the gym I thought everyone except me loved to exercise. Then my partner said he didn't like to exercise, just the feeling afterwards. So I checked the others and they said the same.

So, Roseomg, I doubt that you or I will ever like to exercise, but I bet you become addicted to the great feeling you have after a mild workout. And that is my own solution. I just do easy workouts for a short time.
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Posted: 07 Aug 2013, 22:21
"I hated every minute of training, but I said "Don't Quit", suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion" - Muhammad Ali

Even one of the greatest boxers of all time hated working out.. your not alone!
Lee2010

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Posted: 07 Aug 2013, 22:47
Eventually, when you have worked out enough to start to be good at something, the feeling of achievement and personal satisfaction will make it worthwhile. But you do need to commit to the difficult beginning phase.
tillee

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Posted: 07 Aug 2013, 23:02
I go somewhere nice to walk, like the waterfront and then I enjoy it more than walking on a treadmil or around the block and the scenery keeps me interested
kingkeld

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Posted: 08 Aug 2013, 02:48
I used to HATE AND DETEST exercise. Today, having lost the weight I need to lose - I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT.

I think it's all a matter of finding the types of exercise that you can get into. It took me years. I am not competitive. I am not into sports. What I found was the right gym with the right workout system that works for me. This came after trying out numerous other gyms that didn't do it for me.

I think you simply need to keep looking. If you only get on the treadmill because you feel that you HAVE to, go do something else. Try things out.

Nimm is spot on when it comes to getting in gear for more exercise. Pay attention to his comment. Smile

Now, go find your "thing". Smile
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Posted: 08 Aug 2013, 03:13
I read on the treadmill, people say its not really a workout then, and i say Wrong!! instead of sitting and reading my book i put it on the panel and can walk for an hour without noticing the time go by.
I also have some weights at home so when I am sitting and watching my tv show i can do bicep curls etc and get a little muscle built.
I exercise now more for health than for looks, but when you see those firm muscles it certainly is a bonus!
Great advice from all, i especially like the community garden or dog walking at the shelter. Mental happiness is very important to physical well being.
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kingkeld

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Posted: 08 Aug 2013, 03:24
Reading on the treadmill is definitely better than not "treadmilling" at all. I used to watch movies, it's easier to focus on than focusing on a book.

Still, I found it endlessly boring.

Knowing what I know today vs. what I new when I was suffering on the treadmill, I can ONLY recommend to go and explore. I am sure there is SOMETHING out there for you - even if you don't see it right now.
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I went from morbidly obese to being the owner of TABDIG - a weight loss coaching service that helps people worldwide losing weight. It's been an amazing journey. From October 4th 2010 to April 3rd 2012 I lost half my body weight - 80 kilos/170 lbs. Since then, I have had two cosmetic surgeries to remove excess skin. I have now quadrupled my strength, gained several kilos in muscle mass, and today I focus on building muscle, optimizing my diet, living healthy and helping people to reach the very same goals. I am stronger, healthier, thinner, happier! If you feel that you need help losing weight, don't hesitate to send me an inbox message.
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Posted: 08 Aug 2013, 03:38
I try and build my exercise into my day. I walk or jog everywhere. I climb stairs rather than use lists or escalators. I've even been known to walk down the road with shopping doing bicep curls.

I've tried gyms and detested every second.

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kingkeld

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Posted: 08 Aug 2013, 04:59
Bicep curls with shopping bags - I LIKE IT! Smile
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"Do. Or do not. There is no trying."
- Master Yoda.

I went from morbidly obese to being the owner of TABDIG - a weight loss coaching service that helps people worldwide losing weight. It's been an amazing journey. From October 4th 2010 to April 3rd 2012 I lost half my body weight - 80 kilos/170 lbs. Since then, I have had two cosmetic surgeries to remove excess skin. I have now quadrupled my strength, gained several kilos in muscle mass, and today I focus on building muscle, optimizing my diet, living healthy and helping people to reach the very same goals. I am stronger, healthier, thinner, happier! If you feel that you need help losing weight, don't hesitate to send me an inbox message.
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Posted: 08 Aug 2013, 06:34
mummydee wrote:
I read on the treadmill, people say its not really a workout then, and i say Wrong!! instead of sitting and reading my book i put it on the panel and can walk for an hour without noticing the time go by.
I also have some weights at home so when I am sitting and watching my tv show i can do bicep curls etc and get a little muscle built.

Reading, listening to music, watching television...

A lot of people now have set up their home offices with a standing desk where they walk slowly (.5-2.0 mph) on the treadmill while they work. They usually are walking about half the time. It makes a big difference in their activity level.

I have weights in my home, too. It takes very little time to do a few exercises at home.
mummydee

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Posted: 08 Aug 2013, 07:36
If I may also add, it might help to get out of the negative thinking, you used the words 'hate' 'such a drag' and 'dread' in your post and with all that negativity it's hard to do 'exercise' and like it.
Why not try to start thinking more positive and just say simply, 'I'm going to move more today'.. ?
One thing that my daughter (who also hates exercise)found really helpful was to get a pedometer. First day she was disappointed in her steps, but promised herself that tomorrow 'i'll do at least 100 more steps' and she did, she's now 3 months into it and luvs the little challenges that go on in her mind to get those extra steps in. It's now fun and personal in her choice of how to do it.

You can do it!
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Posted: 08 Aug 2013, 08:25
I am a lot like you I really haven't ever enjoyed "the great out doors" or exercise. I am a jewelry designer so I am at my worktable all the time making jewelry and on the computer selling it.
I do like doing the sports games on the WII with my Grandkids so I think I am going to get one this weekend, maybe get one of the dance games too that should burn some calories. I know I have to find something that I like and do it
roseomg

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Posted: 08 Aug 2013, 09:25
Oh wow, some great advice. Thanks, everyone. The advice is nice, and it's also comforting to hear that me and 'a million other people' don't really like exercising either. Working, reading, doing stuff while you're on the treadmill sounds like a good idea and I my try it--I wonder what consequences it would have on my posture? We'll see.

Also, now that you guys mention games and stuff I remember that years ago I liked to play the DDR game for the PS2 and I stayed really active that way, maybe I'll look for that in my closet.

To MummyDee, I'm sorry that I sounded so negative. I try for the most part to be really honest about my feelings rather than sugar coating or repressing... but looking back on my original post you're absolutely right! Maybe changing my mind could start with revoking the strong vocab from my associations with exercise.

To those of you who also hate the gym, in my recent exposure they are like hamster wheels with nasty contracts. Since obtaining a treadmill in my own home I've felt a lot better (not saying much) about exercise equipment.




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