How to like exercising when you don’t enjoy it?
If your anything like me, even hearing the word exercise creates a sudden tiredness that wasn’t there just a mere second ago. After working a full shift, tending to the kids and attempting to keep my house at bare minimum livable conditions, exercising is the last thing that I want to do. Honest moment: am I the only one who stares at the avid exercisers with admiration and silently ask myself, 1. where do they get the energy and 2.why cant I seem to enjoy it like they do? Of course, we all know the benefits of exercising but how to like exercising is a different story. It is with that question in mind I sought out answers and surprisingly found success. Here lie some tips I have found useful that has helped me to turn a once bitter relationship with exercise into at least a cordial one.
Ughhhh….. Do I have to exercise?
So, you found the time to actually get off of your rear and start an exercise plan. Now all that’s left is to actually go exercise and to go consistently. It used to be a time that I absolutely hated just stepping foot into a gym. Before I even pushed the start button on the treadmill I would find myself already mentally fatigued. I vividly remember staring at the clock and being in complete awe of how slow the time was going by. One time I expressed my dismay to my husband who was quick to retort, “you haven’t even done anything yet!” After rolling my eyes at his comment I came to the realization that maybe he was right. I didn’t want to be that person that left after only being there for twenty minutes but on the other hand I didn’t have the desire to stay a minute longer. I am sure there are a lot of you, who like me, want the satisfaction of looking good but without having to endure the agonizing process.
Get your grove on girl
One amazing trick that helped me to pay less attention to the clock and focus more on my fitness was an awesome play list. Music is a great answer to the question of how to like exercising. It easily allows you to tune out any distractions that otherwise would impede you from completing your work out. Who among us can pay attention to time when we are absorbed in our music? Before attempting to exercise I make sure to create a playlist consisting of about twenty songs that are all up-tempo and sure to put me in a zone. Studies show that music has the ability to not only improve your workout but provide an energy boost. Exercising while listening to music is an excellent distraction from time. Use this tool during your next workout and you might be surprised at how fast the time goes by when you aren’t engaged in a staring contest with the clock.
A fitness hood
I am sure you heard of the statement misery loves company. Well although that might be true it is not in this case. Forming a fitness hood with friends helps to create motivation and accountability within your group. Too often I have started a workout plan only to stop after a few weeks tops. I began exercise programs by myself and quickly felt unmotivated and even bored. Working out as a group is a wonderful way to help you stay on track and actually enjoy your workout time. If your friends are anything like mine, anytime spent together leads to fun times. I especially recommend friends to sign up for new and exciting exercise classes together. Odds are you will enjoy the experience much more by having a partner. Who knows, you might even look forward to your next class and be open to exploring classes outside the norm such as Zumba, soul cycle, kickboxing etc. So, go ahead and spice it up a bit. Try something new because, after all, any class that gets you up and moving is worth trying out.
Its all in your mind
Although placed last, this by far is the most effective way on how to like exercising. Your mindset determines how you view things. Going into a workout with a defeated demeanor will not yield fruitful results. It is imperative that you make the decision to exercise and do so with an I am ready to do this attitude. No longer do I walk into the gym back slouched and grumbling. Instead I prep myself mentally and walk in with confidence in my ability to conquer my workout. Possessing a positive outlook has drastically changed my exercise experience. I am no longer the girl leaving after twenty minutes. I am now able to hold my own in the gym and am proud of how far I have come. Alter your mindset and watch how you too will see a change.