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Fit Tip: Do Exercises You Hate

I don't blame you. You skip out on stretching your hamstrings after a run because they're tight, they hurt, and you hate stretching. Or you plan your bike ride specifically so you don't have to trek it up any hills because they make your thighs burn. You're not alone. Many exercisers don't like struggling with things they aren't naturally good at, so they tend to avoid exercises that really challenge them. I know you're not going to like what I have to say, but the types of exercise that we aren't good at are exactly what we need to spend more time on. They're the ones that will strengthen weak muscles, build our endurance, and make us more balanced overall. They can also help to prevent injuries that can occur from repeating the same types of movements. So whether you're avoiding squats, crunches, hills, push-ups, or stretching, make a conscious effort to add these moves to your routine two or three times a week. After a while, they'll become a little easier, and you might actually begin to like them.

Fit's Tip: Obviously, skip an exercise you hate if it aggravates an injury.


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itsme3683 itsme3683 8 years
I don't do the elliptical because it makes me dizzy, does that count? I also hate running, but that's because of my chest (and yes I do know about good sports bras and how that's not an excuse and whatever, but there's only so much you can do to get these babies to stop movin')
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
some pain is good though - so to be in a bit of pain doesn't have to mean that you're doing it wrong right? i don't know - i think that for myself - i tend to stick to the same things cause they are easier and when i work out - it's usually during my lunch hour so i'm trying to use my time the most sensibly. i think that i probably could stretch more so that i don't hurt myself - but again that all takes time - which i don't have during my hour. hopefully i'll learn my lesson before i hurt myself.
sepiaraven sepiaraven 8 years
I hate anything where I'm balanced on my bones. Eg. side situps where you lift your legs. I have jutting hips so it hurts! Haha, that and girly pushups where you pivot on your knees.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Uh, if these exercises are done correctly, they shouldn't hurt. If you're having pain, it means you're doing something wrong. Check your form, and check the weights you're using. These exercises should take EFFORT, but NOT pain. There's a difference. However, if you have some medical condition, that's a different story.
MSL83 MSL83 8 years
I hate mountain climbers! I've been doing 15-20 push-ups a day and I'm started to like them. :)
emeryrose emeryrose 8 years
Running is not my favorite.
princess_eab princess_eab 8 years
I hate running because I'm not good at it yet.... and I have asthma... but I also hate bicep curls b/c I'm weak!
teacherturtle1 teacherturtle1 8 years
quit your crying! hahaha :p j/k
Sun_Sun Sun_Sun 8 years
i cannot do push ups they're the absolute hardest i'll do anything else
sportsaholic21 sportsaholic21 8 years
I'm guilty of this. I train for triathlons and have been a swimmer/runner my whole life but hate biking other than as a leisure activity. I am always willing to do an extra swim/running work out and looking for excuses to skip my bike sessions, which does NOT help me get faster!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Tee hee, I'm pretty sure I make that same face when I do crunches.
deanna024 deanna024 8 years
I'm a believer in if it's hard, don't do it, but do something that you like that can build up your muscles for that hated activity. For example, when I started off, I hate push-ups because they were so hard. So, I added in specific weight-lifting moves that targeted that muscle group, because I love lifting weights. Once I got stronger, I went back to add in some push-ups, and I don't hate them as much! They're still hard, but I don't find them as daunting as before. So if you hate something, yes, it's probably hard because you're weaker in that area. So do some things you do enjoy to work on the same area.
imLissy imLissy 8 years
the only exercises I don't like are ones where I have to lay on my stomach. They make my chest hurt. Maybe I need more padding up there :D, that's not funny :(
sundaygreen sundaygreen 8 years
I should start yoga then.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 8 years
I absolutely hate back extensions! Hate it hate it hate it. It hurts, I don’t know if I have the right form, someone is always waiting for this contraption therefore someone is always watching me which make me more self conscious of my form! URRH!! I hate it!
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