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Are You Hard-Wired To Hate Exercise?

Take a look at this video.  It provides some interesting information about why some people may hate exercise.  Then read the rest of the post and decide what applies to you.

Another Viewpoint

Does the thought of working out give you a massive headache?  Maybe exercise is a 4 letter word to you. Perhaps you even cringe when someone mentions doing a session of yoga, Pilates, or working out at the gym they just enjoyed.  Well don’t feel like the Lone Ranger.  There are a lot of other people who feel the same way.

It seems that most humans have a lazy streak hiding inside.  Have you ever been resting comfortably on the couch, couldn’t easily reach the TV remote control and just said the heck with it and kept watching whatever was already on?  I’ve done it and most likely if you’re reading this you probably have too.

It’s pretty easy to come up with all kinds of reasons to not exercise, especially when you don’t enjoy it.  If you hate the idea of exercising, but realize you really want to benefit from the mental and physical benefits that being physical fitness provides, then try these tips.

Look At Exercise From A Different Point Of View

When you think about it physical activity is all exercise really is. Playing ball with your dog, taking a walk around your neighborhood and mowing your lawn are all examples of exercise. At some point you may want to take a more structured approach to getting physically fit, but in the beginning just getting up, moving around and doing something fun is a good start.

When you find ways to keep physically active that you actually enjoy, you’ll begin to look at “exercising” as less of a “pain in the butt” and will do it more frequently. As you begin to notice your fitness level improving you’ll begin enjoying it more. It’s like anything else.  The more you like something the more you want to do it.

Turn Exercise Into a Healthy Habit

When you walk into a dark room and want to be able to see, do you go through a mental list of what you need to do to turn the light on?  Of course not.  You just flip on the light switch. It’s an automatic response, also known as a habit, that produces the result you want.  You can develop that same type of habitual response for any behavior including exercising.

You can turn any conscious behavior into a habit quickly by following these steps:

* Set a regular schedule, exercising 3 to 5 times a week.
* Perform your physical fitness at the same time each day for the same length of time.
* Make a commitment to do this for 3 to 4 weeks and your brain will start putting exercise on
an unconscious schedule that ensures you don’t miss a workout.

 Make It a Social Affair

Physical fitness coaches and experts have recommended workout partners for decades. Exercise partners help you remain accountable for completing your routine and you will be doing the same for them.

You can take this proven fitness technique even further by joining a class of like-minded people that make your physical fitness efforts socially rewarding.

Keep a Journal of Your exercise Activity

Many people think they don’t like exercising but when delving deeper find the real problem is they are frustrated because they haven’t seen results from past efforts to exercise.

Keeping a journal keeps you honest. With a journal that includes what you’re eating and drinking as well as what your exercise routine is you can see at a glance whether or not you’re putting in the time and effort required to get the results you want.

Focus on the Results, Not the Effort

It’s important to know what you want to achieve from your exercise routine.  Do you want to create a body you can be proud of looking at in the mirror?  Maybe you want to lose weight and become healthier so you can spend more quality time with your children and grandchildren. Whatever the reasons, remember the “why” of your exercise efforts, and you will find yourself enjoying exercise as opposed to hating it.

Success has as much to do with the process you go through to reach your goals as it does with reaching the goal itself. Learn to enjoy the process and you’ll never have a problem reaching your goals.

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