When You Hate To Exercise

When You Hate To Exercise

Do You Hate To Exercise?

I recently had a new client sit across from me and tell me she would rather clean my bathrooms than exercise. I, of course, was thrilled at the offer. But I had to decline and pressed her for more information. She said she had never been thin and didn’t expect to ever be thin. She just wanted to feel healthy and not get so winded when she moved around. Putting aside any goals I might have had in mind for her, I agreed that overall health and feeling well were worthy pursuits.

A lot of people hate to exercise. I think they have a limited view on what exactly it can be. Many of my clients have the unfortunate opinion that exercise is a grinding joyless chore that must be done to stay healthy. Some of them come in dutifully twice a week and let me put them through a workout that addresses all the major muscle groups. And that’s all they do all week. I’m kind of sad that they haven’t discovered the joy of moving.

If you’re looking to stay healthy and feel better, exercise is important but it doesn’t have to be a grind. You don’t have to be an athlete to start moving more. And that’s really all you need to do. There are hundreds of ways to get more active. The most important thing is to find something you enjoy doing. When you find something you love to do, it becomes a joy and not a grind. Some people start by focusing on one activity. And some try many things and love the variety.

If you want to start moving more, here’s a partial list of activities to try. Moving your body is a gift. Find something you enjoy doing, do it regularly and you will enjoy better health and wellness while having fun.

  • Weightlifting
  • Running
  • Hiking
  • Yoga
  • Biking
  • Pilates
  • Zumba
  • Barre
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Swimming
  • Kickboxing
  • Golf
  • Jiu Jitsu
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Rock Climbing
  • Ice Skating
  • Walking
  • Jump Roping
  • Gymnastics
  • Gardening
  • Frisbee Golf
  • Surfing
  • Roller Skating/Boarding
  • Skiing
  • Snow Shoeing
  • Step Aerobics
  • Softball
  • Fitness Challenges
  • Basketball
  • Hula Hoop
  • Sprinting
  • Triathlons
  • Volleyball
  • Bowling
  • Kickball
  • Croquet
  • Parkour
  • Trampoline
  • Geocaching
  • Boxing
  • Bootcamp
  • Squash
  • Hockey
  • Tai Chi
  • Tabata
  • Kettlebells
  • Waterskiing
  • CrossFit

References

25 Ways to Exercise Without Realizing It
100 Fun Activities for Family Fitness
YMCA List of Activities

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