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Hate to Exercise? Try These Ideas!
Fresh Fitness Ideas from SparkPeople Members
4/28/2014 8:40:57 PM
Mischelle40 fear not, you are right, we are not all made to enjoy the same things. I have Multiple Sclerosis and in "my world" housework is considered exercise. Pushing a vacuum, picking up a basket of laundry, even stretching to get things out of a kitchen cabinet must all be done with care and approached as exercise. Walking through a store such as Fred Meyer/Kroger, Target, Wal-Mart, let alone a mall is not just exercise but a hike deserving of a nap afterwards. Exercise is in the eye and body of the beholder.
4/21/2014 8:41:53 PM
I am one of those people that just hates to exercise. I don't like to sweat, it freaks out my already uncontrollable hair, and now brings on hot flashes, lovely. BUT, exercising is absolutely critical for me to control my weight. I eat healthy but I've got to burn those calories so I exercise. Some people like variety but I'd just as soon have a set thing to do and just do it. I live in a rural area so going to a class or gym is not an option. So for me the best exercise is my elliptical. Occasionally I try to throw in some floor exercises or try a video but the time it takes to learn something new frustrates me so I just go back to my elliptical. Recently I converted a spare bedroom into my workout room / closet and have really been enjoying the space. For me the best way to get through the 45 minutes is to flip on the DVR and get into a show for 45 minutes. It has become my "me" time to watch those shows my husband doesn't care for and he likes the hour to get to watch the Military channel. Win win!
4/17/2014 4:11:14 PM
Nope, still hate to exercise. You can call it "activity", "play time", or whatever, but it bores me to tears and all I can think about is how long is it until I can quit. When I am done, I just want to sleep. There is no runner's high for me, and I have no desire to run a marathon, so setting a goal to complete some contest is not any incentive for me. I don't think there is one for me. I like to read, but I can't concentrate on reading while I exercise. I like to listen to music, but I can't concentrate on music while I am doing something else. I am too uncoordinated for Zumba and I don't like any type of sports. I can't think of anything that I don't just force myself through, so I don't keep up with it. There are people out there who just hate to exercise!
I love all the ideas. I used to hate to workout I still struggle at times but I am doing some kind of workout at least 4 days of week. This has been going on now for 2 months solid. I can say I feel good and I am waiting now for spring so that I can really get my walk and rock climbing on. Since it has been cold I do my walking inside and on warmer days I walk on the balconey of my apartment.
I was given an MP3 player for my birthday around the same time that our local library started allowing (free) audiobook downloads for checkout from their website. Time passes a whole lost faster when I'm running, walking or on the elliptical when I'm concentrating on an audiobook!
I'm one of those hate-to-exercise people too, but I love to walk. I've started doing the virtual walks on the "Where Are YOU Walking To" team. It's helped me discover (at 70!) a competitive side I never knew I had. Gail
Martial arts always made exercise interesting for me. Beating up a karate dummy with a baseball bat is about as good a whole body workout as you can get, and it never gets boring.
11/3/2013 6:08:44 AM
I am physically not able to exercise like most people. I LOVE the water, so the perfect plan of exercise is the pool for me. Treadwater, or mix it up with laps. I can relax and meditate and be happy I am getting some sort of exercise.
I am old and many exercises I cannot do but the dancing intrigues me so I was always going to do it while I would be listening to good music on TV. Guess what? I only did it once in awhile. I do go into town three times a week to do deep water Aqua. I enjoy the other folks there and how I can do the deep water stuff without the pain I endure trying to do exercise on land
Glad I am not the only one who runs to the grocery store! My nearest store is a 4 mile round trip, so if I need just 1-2 items I will run to it. Usually have to walk back because I feel awkward running with a sack of groceries. Self-conscious too. Even my hubby thinks I am a little nuts.
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