You want to exercise, you know you should, but you really hate exercising? There’s a way I go about this that has worked on so many people.
I don’t believe if you hate exercising I should just tell you that you have to push yourself to do it and it will become a habit and you will have no problem exercising after that.
But I’m not one of those people who are here to tell you what you want to hear either. So, I won’t tell you that it’s ok if you don’t exercise. And that’s because I care and I know that you have to be active to be healthy. That’s the way we were made and there is no way around it.
But when someone hates exercising and they try to push themselves – it usually doesn’t end well. They don’t form a habit to exercise.
They exercise for a short period of time and because they hate doing it, they give up. They try different types of workouts, or different types of equipment, or different workout classes..It’s a cycle of trying and giving up that only makes them feel worse about themselves. Since you are reading this I’m going to assume this is you as well.
It’s ok. You shouldn’t feel bad. Learning to love something that is challenging and hard is not easy.
I think learning to enjoy being active should feel good. It should show you how good blood pumping, sweating and adrenaline can make you feel.
So what should you do?
The best thing you can when you hate exercising – WALK.
That’s right. All I want you to do is to just walk. It’s easy and enjoyable but you are getting a good workout.
Walking is nothing to sneeze at
Your body was made to walk. You can just walk and be healthy and at your optimal weight. If you are not consuming more calories than you are spending, of course. If you have weight to lose you can do that as well just with walking and creating a calorie deficit in your diet.
How many calories are burned with walking is hard to tell. It depends on many things including intensity. The harder you go the more calories you’ll be burning. Honestly, I’m not someone who believes in measuring and estimating burned calories. If you’re moving – you’re spending calories.
Benefits of walking
- Prevents heart disease
- Prevents high blood pressure and diabetes
- Strengthens bones and muscles
- Improves mood
- Improves balance and coordination
- Boosts metabolism
- Improves circulation
- Boosts immune system
- Prevents dementia
- Increases lung capacity
- Delays aging
- Reduces stress
- Increases productivity
- Eases joint pain
You can walk however you want to. Just try to walk for at least 30 minutes a day which doesn’t have to be done all at once. You can do 2 x 15 minutes or 3 x 10 minutes.
You can walk outside which feels great in nice weather. You get fresh air and vitamin D as well.
But if you don’t feel like going outside or the weather is bad, you can walk inside.
Walk to your favorite music or TV show. If you want to make walking harder, walk on a treadmill and adjust the settings for how hard you want it to be.
You can also find company for walking on YouTube.
Here is 1 mile / 15 minutes walk that you can try right now!
And you can walk 5 miles right in your living room. You had no idea your living room was that big, right?
Make sure you are enjoying your walk
Go only as hard as you feel like. Always remember to enjoy it and have fun!
Trust me, the more you move the more you need movement. Walking is just a start, but for how healthy it is and how easy it is to do – it’s the best start!