Exercise Tips for People Who Hate to Workout
Love, hate, or want nothing to do with it, we all feel a certain way when it comes to exercise. Movement can add pleasure in our daily lives, provide satisfaction from accomplishing great goals, and keeps our bodies healthy and strong for life. Exercise doesn’t have to be something painful and not all of us are training to become high performance athletes! It can be simple, even fun. But how do you turn your hate for exercising into enduring and potentially life altering habits?
Ways To Stop Hating Exercise & Love It
Let’s be honest with each other, the cold and snow of the winter season is a serious motivation killer. We tend to find other projects or “things to do” rather than what we know our body needs: exercise. Personally, I am very passionate about fitness, however there are those days when I struggle to round up even an ounce of motivation. But, knowing I will feel better after challenging my body is how I motivate myself to start moving.
My goal has always been to motivate others to move and live a healthy lifestyle. Instead of using your same old excuse, plan to do something active throughout your daily routines. I have some excellent ideas that can be added into your busy schedule and help you not miss a beat.
- Try an incentive program. Give yourself a “star” for each of your workouts and see how many stars you can accomplish in a week. After so many, you can treat yourself to something fun like a spa treatment, a vacation, or a shopping spree!
- Choose one or two simple exercises to do every day.
- Choose an exercise to do during a commercial break for your favorite show.
- Sit on an exercise ball at work or at home.
- Take the stairs at work or at home, you’d be surprised by how many calories you can burn by skipping the elevator.
- Park in the back row and power walk to the door.
- Squeeze your butt and suck in the gut when you are standing still in a line or driving in your car.
- Put your favorite music on and have a dance party!
- Roll your way to fitness. A roller helps slenderize muscles while reducing fatigue, tension, and water retention.
- Play again! Playtime with your kids burns extra calories, especially lifting or chasing the little ones around the house! As a bonus it’s a great way to bond and build your relationship.
- Grab a buddy and hit the trail, take a class, or workout at home.
- Make chores fun and work for you.
Here are a few ideas on how to turn a simple chore into a great workout. Some examples include:
- Laundry – seated squats and squat holds
- Dusting – leg lifts
- Vacuuming – lunges, pulses
- Steps – run the stairs, step-ups, hop ups
- Dishes – twists & isometric (utility holds)
- Getting the Mail – walking lunges, skips, side squats, back peddle, run
Enjoy a short video I have put together for you to see how you can transform daily tasks into easy workouts!
Use Apps and Wearables to Exercise Smarter
If these tips aren’t enough to convince you to get up and move, then maybe try an app or a fitness device to help you stay motivated.
Fitness apps and wearable devices are now everywhere in the fitness world, with no sign of slowing down. The best of wearables and apps provide a way to track progress and integrate your goals into your routine. Wearable devices easily clip to your clothing, wrap around your wrist/chest, on your ear, or attach to your shoe. Most retail or online stores carry some type of fitness tracking device. Depending of the device, they can monitor heart rate, count steps taken in a day, track sleeping patterns, track caloric intake, calories burned, and provide feedback on your diet, record or manage your workouts. You can check out some of the best apps and wearables to help you love workouts here.
*I have a unique YouTube channel that demonstrates exercises you can do anywhere, at anytime in unique locations around the world! Some videos may be silly, but the point is to be active and find a way to incorporate your surroundings to challenge your body wherever you may be. Enjoy!