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Favorite Excuse For Not Working Out: I JUST HATE IT!

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.

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Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
JLew...I know that feeling! Having to wash my hair keeps me from exercising, too! Mine isn't even all that long anymore, just thick and takes forever to style! (Plus, it totally dries my hair out if I wash it any more than e/o day!
XDeexDeeX XDeexDeeX 10 years
Thank you for the advice! I have track class so I don't really decide when to go to the gym or workout because I'm more dissaplined this way...
JLew1982 JLew1982 10 years
I don't like to work out because I have waist-length hair and if I sweat, that means I have to wash it more, which takes 2 hours out of my day. So I do exercises that don't require sweating!
bpjedi bpjedi 10 years
I don't always like to work out, but I really enjoy yoga when it is affordable. Also, I've found I love my dog enough to make sure he gets enough exercise, which in turn gets me more exercise.
JNP312 JNP312 10 years
Thanks SeptmeberLights! I had never thought about cranking up the alarm with my fav music in the morning to get me going. It's just that initial 10 min after the alarm goes off that I tend to(read:ALWAYS) fall back asleep!
katiekat katiekat 10 years
Group Fitness classes are my secret to staying motivated. Aside from always having something new to offer, (new music, new moves) I enjoy having a group of people to work out with. Being in a group setting helps me push myself farther..I find myself thinking "if she can keep going, I can too!"
SeptemberLights SeptemberLights 10 years
JNP have you tried an alarm clock that has music as a wake up instead of just a beeping noise? there are lots of alarm clocks that you can set to the radio or even have a CD player so you wake up to your favorite music and really get going!
bessa bessa 10 years
I hate taking the *time* to work out. Once I GET to the gym, if my husband gets me up to go (don't like mornings), I like it. I'd do afternoons/evening work outs, but once I get home from work, I like to change out of my work clothes and not get sweaty and have to shower, again. Best for me is probably doing a workout video at home because I feel like it's the most efficient.
JNP312 JNP312 10 years
I used to be very strict about going to the gym in the mornings. I had no problem getting up but now my life is really busy and still the only time I have to work out is in the morning...but...I can't get my lazy butt out of bed in the mornings! I get myself excited the night before and put out my gym clothes, but the second the alarm goes off I turn the darn thing off. If anyone else had this problem or solutions let me know! I love working out once I get going, but I can't get going!
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
The Man finally took me to the store and said "We are BUYING this elliptical TODAY." Then...he started doing it EVERY DAY. He's never been the type to ... well ... exercise. So, I feel like I have to keep up with him. Sad, but it gets me going!!
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
Something that I do to keep me motivated is to buy a new gym outfit. Whether it's a new sports bra, yoga pants, or a nice tank top.
honeysugar28 honeysugar28 10 years
I'm the same way I lost a lot of weight a couple of years ago then my schedule change and also my energy levels have changed a lot lately maybe its stress or the lack of excercise again but I just can't seem to stick to a routine like I used to.
MuppetsForDinner MuppetsForDinner 10 years
Sometimes I get into the workout groove and will be completely dilligent about waking up every morning at 6 am and running/elliptical/etc. Then, without fail, I lose this motivation. However, I don't think of it as a failure. I think it's completely natural to change your workout needs due to the weather or how you're feeling. I've learned to not beat myself up about missing a workout and I think realizing THAT is the biggest key to staying motivated.
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