Most of the time, we find ourselves hating to exercise. Maybe you’re one of those people? Here are five great tips that will help you change your mind from “I hate exercise” to loving it.
Growing up, I never realized what exercise meant. Even though I had a long walk to school and was a playful young girl, it never occurred that exercise had anything to do with wellness.
But after a few experiences (health issues), research, and the sad loss of my mother to a chronic illness, I realized that regular physical activity is significant.
At first, it was hard to keep up with the routine. But as the days went by, it got easier and more doable. And it turned out that loving to move or exercise makes a big difference. So here’s how I learned to love working out – and how it helps me stay motivated.
Find what you love
Is it cycling, short jogs, sit-ups… whatever it may be, do you recognize it and know that it is your passion?
Do not waste a lot of time doing something you do not enjoy. Instead, find ways to exercise that fit your personality. If you are a social person or prefer to work with groups, do not hesitate to do so. Join physical activities in your area. Maybe dance groups, hikes, or weekend safaris. You will find that you will become more motivated and love working out.
It would be effortless to say that I’ll run for an hour tomorrow, but it’s not easy when you’re just starting.
Therefore, whatever exercise you begin with, try to be realistic in your planning. Don’t overextend yourself because that can lead to frustration, and you end up hating it and giving up.
Please, start slowly and gradually build the habit to work well.
To stay focused and avoid losing track or merely giving up initially, try practicing the following:
- Set specific goals
- Set reminders for yourself
- Plan your workout
- Would you please put it in writing
- Consider the obstacles
Ignore peoples thoughts
When I started working out, I remember one of my best friends asking me what I wanted to accomplish? The reason she asked that was that I was not fat. Many people assume that exercises should be done by people trying to lose weight. Are you one of them? Well, dear reader, you may be wrong.
The main reason we should all exercise is to stay healthy and reduce the risk of some diseases. Also, exercising helps us maintain the body weight we want.
So, once you start exercising, it pays to ignore the negativity and worries to achieve what you want.
Are you still at it? On the way from “How to stop hating exercise?” Great! Our fifth tip is to be patient. As I write this, I understand that it can be challenging at first. To adopt a new routine and make it a habit takes time. So be willing to take your time, and sooner or later, you will find yourself doing it like a pro.
I hope these five tips help you overcome the “I hate exercise” mindset. Please share them with your friends and social community, and let us spread the word together.