A lot of us have excuses for not hitting the gym but if yours is: I hate working out then check out these tips to keep you on board:
- Think of what you really hate about it. Do you hate your gym? Do you hate being sweaty? Do you hate your same old routine? Once you pinpoint what it is that you really hate, try to remedy that situation first rather than quitting working out all together. If you hate that you always get blisters when you workout, then before cutting exercise out all together, try working out in a new pair of sneakers and wicking socks.
- Try something new. If you hate being hot and sweaty, try swimming laps. If you hate to run, try using the elliptical or bike. If you hate the gym, try going to a park. If you hate the park, try the gym. Explore all options before ruling exercise out all together, you may even find something you like.
- Don't make a big deal out of it. We have the power to talk ourselves in and out of things. Underestimating how much you hate working out mentally may actually help your body underestimate how much you hate working out physically. If you are constantly telling yourself how much you hate it, of course you are going to dread it. However if you are constantly telling yourself that it's not that bad, then you may not dread it as much. I know, I know, easier said than done, but try it out.
- Keep your eye on the ball. I know it seems hard at the time, but try to constantly remind yourself of why you're working out in the first place. For most of us, working out is something we do because we want to live longer to be able to enjoy all the hundreds of things we actually love longer, like our families (or maybe even ice cream). In the grand scheme of things, a couple of hours a week of doing something we hate can not even begin to compare to the years we'll gain of being able to keep doing something we love.
Do you hate to workout but manage to do it anyway? Tell us your secret below.