How to Exercise When You Hate Exercising
I love the idea of getting fit. I think it is awesome that people can go to the gym and train hard and do these physique competitions and just create an entire lifestyle of working out. I wish I was one of those people. I dread going to the gym. I dread rolling out my yoga mat at home and doing a few simple exercises. You can think of me as the ultimate lazy bones. I would rather sit on my couch, drink a cup of coffee, and read. However, after I got pregnant and had my little girl, I knew I needed to lose the extra weight I had put on. I wanted to feel comfortable in my own skin again. So I set out on a quest to find a workout regime that worked for me. These are the workout strategies that I liked best and if you like me (lazy and not thrilled to workout), I think you will like them too:
There are a butt load of workout apps that range from full hour workouts to seven minute workouts. Open up the app store and start searching. There are yoga, strength, running, endurance, pretty much any kind of work out app you can think of. I personally like the app "Workout for Women: Fitness App." They have a bunch of different workouts, all at different lengths of time. So, if I put down my little one for a nap (she takes super short naps), I can do a beginner ten minute workout. I can repeat this throughout the day and do different short beginner workouts. Just because you have to workout doesn't mean you have to do it all within the same hour.
I love going to the park or walking around the neighborhood or going on a hike. It is a great way to get some exercise and fresh air. It is also good for family time. My husband and I can easily get out the stroller and leashes, and take our baby and fur babies out and about. Remember to go out at cooler times of the day (early morning or evening). You don't want to get heat stroke or sun poisoning. Also, don't forget to wear sunscreen! Protect your beautiful skin!
I used to be a pro at working out. I played competitive volleyball during my teenage years and was working out at least 5 days a week. Since the years have passed, I have completely forgotten the workouts I used to do at the gym. So, when I got a gym membership and was offered one free personal training session, I took it. I loved having someone to workout with and guide me through the exercises. Having a personal trainer can get a little pricey though so find a friend who is a gym regular to go with and see if they will show you the ropes. Or like stated earlier, find an app! Yes, they have personal training apps.
Pick up games and intramurals
Even though I lost my competitive edge (sorta) when I stopped playing volleyball, that doesn't mean I still don't like to play sports for fun. Whether it is through a local park, school, church, or work, join a team and just get out and move. Not only are you getting exercise but you are creating healthy relationships with others. If team sports aren't for you, go to the public park and enter a tennis tournament or go to the racket ball courts. There is something for everyone!
Like I said earlier, I am a fan of getting instruction when I workout. That is why I love going to classes. I can go to a yoga, spin, or zumba class and follow the exercises easily. The instructor can even help you personally if you ask. If you have a gym membership, some classes should hopefully be offered. If you don't know what you want to do, try them all! You won't know if you like the workout until you do it. You can also look outside of the traditional gym. There are yoga studios, crossfit classes, running groups, and more. You just have to do some searching to find what you will like.
Okay so this one is a little ridiculous but I actually get sore after I go to Topgolf! For those of you who don't know what Topgolf is, it is a multistory driving range where you can hit golfballs into different areas on their range to score points. The best part about Topgolf is you get to enjoy drinking and eating while you play! It is a fun, social place where you can test your golf abilities. (A lot of people don't know this, but you have to use so many different muscles to play golf and it is a very good workout).
What to Remember
Stay hydrated and not work too hard. Only do what you know you are capable of. Don't try to bench press 200lbs. if you have never even picked up a dumbbell before. The only way to get into an exercise groove is to stay healthy!
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