Exercise for Folks that Hate Exercise

I was reading a post from JenniferLynn about motivation and the lack-there-of today. She made a very good point along the lines of some people joining a gym, class, crossfit box, but losing motivation. In a discussion group she joined in Facebook where lady lifters chat about all things weights, someone mentioned that they are so unmotivated and just have no drive get to the gym. JenniferLynn mentioned that she loves Crossfit and her passion for the sport keeps her going back for more punishment WODS and that for her, it does not feel like a chore at all, but sheer enjoyment. Someone questioned that perhaps if this lady is so unmotivated and uninterested in her weight training sessions, maybe this is not the workout for her.

I think that God designed the human body for movement. Without question, physical activity is crucial for longevity and a good quality of life.  Exercise can prevent many ailments, as well as keep the body at a healthy weight. Exercise keeps me energetic, healthy and just plain happy. Exercise can change a bad mood into a good one. I think most people know this, but what if you just don’t like conventional exercise?

Movement and exercise. There are many, many forms. From marathoners, to dancers, to weight trainers, to cross fitters, to body-pumpers, to Yogis, to Zumba lovers, the list is endless. How we chose to move our bodies is not one simple answer. For some people, a class or gym membership is just not for them. Our likes and dislikes are unique. Take my gym friend Desi for example. Before she moved to the other end of the city, we often went to the gym together. I love lifting and she loves Zumba. I invited her to the weight room floor many times, but it was not really her thing and she was always just going through the motions without much passion. A meet up for Zumba and then coffee? She was all over that! In Zumba I could see she was happy. She was dancing, prancing, moving her hips and sweating up a storm to Pit Bull and J-Lo. I could see that passion for dance and Latin music. I like Zumba too, but whenever given the choice between weights and Zumba, weights win every time. Like I said, we are all unique. Both Desi and I are exercising and doing good for our bodies, just in a different way. I think the key here is finding something that makes you happy that you will be consistent with. This is not only good for body, but also for mind and spirit.

If you don’t like tradition exercise and Spin, Body-Pump, or Insanity is just not your jam, have no fear. There are many other things you can do for the non-exerciser in you. Here are a few things that people I know who were never fond of the gym do to keep their bodies in motion.

1. Got a dog. My neighbor is always telling me how much she dislikes the gym. So, she has her little French bull-dog to keep her busy. She walks Mady three times per day at a brisk pace.

2. Be a kid with your kid. Couch potato life be gone! Being a kid will ensure you are running alongside your toddler, running to and through the park or walking up and down a hill when tobogganing. Your heart rate will go up and it will be fun.

3. Watch the big O and Dr. Phil.  My former supervisor would rather be reading or watching the tele than sweating at a gym. So what did she do? She bought a stationary bike. She reads her book or watches Dr. Phil and Oprah while peddling. Sometimes she says a whole hour will go by and she doesn’t even feel like she was exercising because she was so engrossed in her show.

4. Fit in quick bursts of activity.  Park far from the entrance of Walmart and Target and walk briskly to the entrance. Avoid escalators and elevators and take the stairs whenever possible.

5. Call a friend for a walk and talk.  Don’t sit on the couch and brood over your problems. Hit the path or ground walking and discuss these things on a walk with someone. It will clear your head and make you feel better.

Exercise has to be a motivating and passionate endeavour, or lets face it, we won’t be consistent. There are no ifs, ands or buts about it, we have to move to stay healthy.  It is heart health month and time to get active. Find your passion and make it happen, just like this little fellow:



11 thoughts on “Exercise for Folks that Hate Exercise

  1. Do you crave the idea of superb muscle and fitness – but hate exercise? Or perhaps ‘hate’ is too strong a word, but it’s definitely down at the top of your ‘Unfavorite Things’ list. You’re not alone. Health and fitness might be a high priority in theory, but many people don’t like exercise – but a small percentage persist anyway and develop amazing bodies.

    1. That’s so true. I think those people have exercise down as a health routine, like showering or brushing teeth.
      They may not love exercise, but they realize the must do it and are mentally strong enough to do so.

  2. I love all of your suggestions! I was just talking to my friend the other night and she was saying how much she loves Yoga and Pilates. I told her that if I take the time to exercise, I want to HIT it HARD and be dripping with sweat when I’m done. She said she would hate that. Soooo, I guess it’s important to find whatever kind of exercise we can stay consistent with and enjoy!

  3. My theory is, if you don’t like it, don’t do it, but still find something that keeps active. For example, if your gym monitor on an introduction advices you to row and you hate rowing, find something else as you don’t get at the benefits as you won’t put in 100% as you don’t enjoy it! Bored with current routine, switch it up! Apart from jumping waves, you won’t find me swimming much as I don’t enjoy it (it’s hard for me!), but cycling, oh yeah! Keep up the weights my dear and the odd Zuma class to shake it all out!

    1. Really great points, Nat. There is just so much out there. Finding your niche may take some searching, but it’s necessary.
      Today I did Yoga and skipped the weights. See…switching it up!

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