There are an alarming number of people out there who hate to exercise.
They know they ought to exercise to lose weight, reduce cardiovascular risk factors, prevent osteoporosis, regulate blood sugars, maintain healthy range of motion in their joints, sleep better and generally, live a healthier life. Yet they choose not to because they hate to exercise.
If you follow me on social media (click on the links in the right side bar >>>), you’ll know that even though I teach group fitness classes and work as a personal trainer, I don’t always want to exercise either.
Cardio days are the worst (try as I might to make cardio more fun, it just isn’t )
Some days I’d be just as content to skip the gym and head to the mall.
Sit on my couch and knit while getting caught up on missed episodes of True Blood.
Head out for lunch and coffee with ‘the girls’.
Spend the morning hanging out on Facebook.
Go back to bed with a second cup of coffee.
But I don’t. I force myself to do something. Just a little bit and 9 times out of 10 it works.
On the days it doesn’t, I remind myself that whether I enjoyed my workout or not, it’s all the same to my health.
- My biceps and glutes don’t care that my heart wasn’t into curls and squats.
- My blood sugar levels aren’t the least bit concerned by the scowl on my face.
- My ‘happy hormones’ are triggered irrespective of my initial inertia.
- My sleep is more restful even if I was too tired to give it my all.
The thing is, regardless of whether you love or hate to exercise, it’s all the same to your health.
Does exercise come easy to you?
How do you motivate yourself to exercise on days that you just don’t want to?