Workout Tips For People Who Hate Working Out - 6 Tips

6 Workout Tips For People Who Hate Working Out

Workout Tips for People Who Hate Working Out

Hate working out? You’re not alone, but burning calories doesn’t need to be as daunting as you think. We have some secrets up our sleeve to make working out seem like less of a chore.

Implement the 10 minute rule
No matter how much you hate to exercise, anyone can do anything for 10 minutes. That’s about how long it takes to start getting into whatever it is you’re doing, so chances are, if you commit to those 10 minutes, it will be a lot more tolerable to add another 10 or 20. So on days where you really feel like the last thing you want to do is work out, aim for just 10 minutes. If that’s all you do, you will have at least done something to prove you’re committed to your fitness goals. The more you do, the easier it is to keep doing.

Find something fun
Exercise doesn’t have to mean slogging it out on an elliptical trainer or a treadmill (while you wish you were anywhere else but the gym). There are ways to work out that put the focus more on fun than on reps and sets. Think about joining a sports team, starting a post-dinner walking group with some like-minded friends, acting like a kid and play in the park with your family or significant other–anything that gets you moving but that doesn’t necessarily feel like exercise or work.

Reward yourself
Implement a healthy reward system for accomplishing small fitness goals as a way to stay motivated.   Whether you worked out four days a week for a whole month, increased the length of your daily run, or managed to work out on all the days this month that you felt you couldn’t, give yourself a pat on the back for the work you’ve put in. It can be a new magazine, new kitchen tool, a manicure, or whatever will put a smile on your face without draining your wallet. Set a new goal for yourself each month and reward yourself if you accomplish it.

Use what you already do
Part of what makes up your fitness plan can involve activities that are already part of your life. Maybe you have active hobbies like golf, rock climbing or even gardening–they can all count as exercise. Think about some of the things you enjoy doing–be it dancing around your kitchen while you plan dinner, or playing Frisbee in the park with your kids, if it gets your heart rate up, keep doing it.

Track your progress
No matter how much disdain you have for the gym, being able to look back and see how much you’re progressing (from 10 minutes on the treadmill to 20, from jogging around the block to jogging five kilometers) will continue to spur you on. Use a fitness tracking app on your phone, an old fashioned notebook, or a Fitbit to keep track of your workout progress so you know how far you’ve come, and ideally, how far you now want to go.

Experiment with different forms of movement
So you hate running–don’t do it. There are many ways to burn calories and one of them will feel right for you. The key is to experiment until you find something that you feel good about. If you love dancing, think about a barre class or dance aerobics; if you love riding your bike, try spinning; if you walk most places, think about adding a long hike to your weekends (weather permitting). The more activities you try, from swimming to rock climbing, the more likely you are to find something (or a combination of things) that actually makes you want to work out.

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