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Favorite Excuse For Not Working Out: I Just Hate It

When it comes to taking care of yourself, you have no problem eating healthy and watching your calorie intake. That part is easy. It's the exercise part you have a problem with. You just hate it. Maybe you can't stand going to the gym, or working out in public. Maybe you hate running outside or on the treadmill because you can't breathe or it hurts your knee. Maybe you don't know how to use weight machines or dumbbells. Maybe you just don't like your exercise outfits, or maybe you just never liked exercise, period.

You're not alone. If you hate working out, then you probably haven't found the type of exercise that's right for you. There are millions of ways to move your body, and you've got to find one that speaks to you. It has to be fun, affordable, and cause no discomfort. It must also be convenient so you're more likely to stick with it, and it has to be effective so you see results. Here are some exercise ideas:

If you don't like exercising alone: Take fitness classes at a gym such as spinning, sign up for a group lesson with a trainer at your gym, or join a dodgeball team.

If you hate the gym and love the outdoors: Go for a hike up a steep mountain, hit some bike trails, or play Ultimate Frisbee.

If you think exercise is boring: Sign up for a hula hooping class, watch a movie on your iPod while using a cardio machine, or jump into a Circus Arts workshop.

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If you have knee or back pain: Use an elliptical, take up swimming, or do strength training with dumbbells or resistance bands.

If you don't like moving fast: Do yoga, Pilates, or go for a long walk with a friend.

If you just don't know what to do: Hire a personal trainer for a series of sessions. They'll help you figure out how to reach your goals, how to use machines at a gym, how to do exercises at home on our own, and can suggest new ways to exercise to prevent boredom.


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Gin81pr Gin81pr 8 years
I really hate it !!!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i know a lot of people who will make ANY excuse - my fiance is one of them. he tells me that he doesn't have the right clothes or's just excuse after excuse. for me, i don't like to make any - i just suck it up and go to the gym.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I don't hate working out, but I could see how people can dislike it. I love my elliptical, but I think I'd be a lot more motivated to work out if I had a really nice elliptical that doesn't clunk and that doesn't have a crappy belt that breaks every so often. Maybe I should just bite the bullet and invest in a really awesome Precor machine.
Sun_Sun Sun_Sun 8 years
i wont take that as an excuse. because i really d hate it, but i still do it
Jeny Jeny 8 years
I always change it up.. I'll either go to our Memorial Park (3miles around) for a walk/run on days I don't feel like working out or bring out my yoga ball and 5 pounds weights.. But I've found that when I just don't feel like working out, I get home from work, immediately change and head to the gym without having too much time to talk myself out of it! lol
aka-Daria aka-Daria 8 years
haha that's me every morning, i love the gym but at the same time i catch myself telling myself not to go today, go tomorrow...that's what im doing right now... i know i'll end up going at my usual 1045 anyways. i've been doing elliptical a lot lately, my ass is starting to get a shape finally =D
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
running was my favorite thing, but that's on hold for now. Now that the weather is cooling off and closer to bearable where I live (finally under 100) I can start going for walks and being outdoors. The outdoors inspires me, makes me enjoy whatever I'm doing more, seem less like torture than being in a gym.
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
haha this is so me. I run every other day with a running buddy but i still hate it. i dread it. i never want to do it. but i still meet with her and do it and always feel good afterwards. But for the entire day i just sit and dread having to run and of course i hate it while i'm doing it. why do i continue to do it? because it's free and it gets me outside.
yasume yasume 8 years
I do a variety of workouts. I change it up every few weeks so that I will not get bored and that is one of the reasons why my body is so fit. I am focused on weights, cardio and flexibility. I am addicted to fitness but hell, that is a good thing to be obsessed about. Don't get me wrong, I do take 1 or 2 days off a week for rest. My family and friends are always asking what I do. I tell them to find what they like to do. Take it easy and build up.
mtiger mtiger 8 years
I love the elliptical! I feel so good after I've done it. Although I'm out of town and staying in a hotel this week, and it's just harder to get up and go to the hotel gym than it is in my apartment.
JustSomeChick JustSomeChick 8 years
I hated exercise and cardio especially, but I just pushed myself to do it long enough that now I crave it. I look forward to going to the gym every night. I even love sweating from being on the elliptical!
Izzybaz Izzybaz 8 years
I found that for a little variety, using the Wii Fit added some much needed entertainment. Of course, it's not really the best option, but it's lots of fun and better than plopping my butt down on the couch. :)
hihowareya hihowareya 8 years
PS--I wasn't being sarcastic, in case that was a worry with my first post. I really found these suggestions inspiring, and will use the advice.
hihowareya hihowareya 8 years
This was a real helpful post: thanks!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I agree -- sometimes exercising is about find the right activity. Over the years, my work-outs have changed because I found more interesting activities. Also, my body changed, too, adjusting to the new activities.
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