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Turn Hate into Love When It Comes to Exercise

A lot of you expressed why you dislike exercising, so with that in mind it's time to turn that dislike into like. It sounds nearly impossible, but WebMD has come up with a few ways that should help.

Here are highlights:

  • Find something you enjoy. Bottom line, they say, if you don't like what you're doing, you won't stick with it. If you're not sure what you like, explore: Take a dance class, learn to Rollerblade or swim, or hike in some nearby mountains. Try them all. Keep experimenting until you find the thing that moves you, mentally and physically.
  • Be a morning exerciser. Statistics show that people are more likely to stick with a fitness program if they exercise first thing in the morning, says exercise physiologist Kelli Calabrese. There's less of a chance to make excuses, and you get it over with before your day begins.
  • Schedule your workout. "Write it in your planner just like a meeting or appointment," says Calabrese. Schedule a whole month in advance, writing the day and time of your workout. "And if you have to cancel one, reschedule it immediately."
  • Chart your progress. Start by getting a fitness assessment when you first begin a program. (If you're not a gym member, do it on your own. Write down your weight, measurements, and BMI, then record how long you're able to exercise on the first day.) In three months, you'll see how much progress you made.
  • Abandon the all-or-nothing approach. So you don't have an hour? How about 30 minutes? It's certainly better than nothing, and if you work smart, you can really reap benefits from a 30-minute workout, says exercise physiologist Nicole Gunning. And recognize you're fallible. You'll fall off the wagon a time or two. Don't beat yourself up. Just get back into your routine and stop procrastinating.


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Spectra Spectra 9 years
I don't have any pity for all of you that have to get up "sooo early" to work out. I have to get up at 3:00 am to go running before work so I can shower, grab my breakfast, and drive an hour to work so I can be there by 5:30 am. The up side is that I'm DONE for the day. Sometimes if I'm feeling ambitious I'll do an extra workout in the afternoon after work. Then I usually take a nap, otherwise I'd be dead tired.
legalbeagle legalbeagle 9 years
Im in law school part time and I work 40 hours a week... I wake up at 7 to be at work by 9 and dont get home from class until about 10 at night (3 nights a week) By the time I get home from my 13 hour day Im totally exhausted... I would go at lunch, but I simply do not want to carry around my books, work stuff, and my gym clothes.. I already feel like a bag lady!!! Ive been doing well on a diet, but I know that is not enough... Anyone have any suggestions??????????
Vexedlovely Vexedlovely 9 years
I am proud to say I woke up earlier this morning to do yoga :-D Morning is the only time I have, so now I don't have to think about it. Now to just incorporate some cardio and I am on my way!
ur_momm ur_momm 9 years
well i am lucky enough to have a gym in my building at work. i like it, this way it pushes me to bring a lunch to work instead of going out for lunch all the time and spending so much money. And yeah, my boyfriend would probably laugh in my face if i suggested couples yoga hehe. it would interfere with his PS3 time or his hockey game watching time ;). but i was thinking of taking a pilates class... maybe one evening a week. theres a place near my appartment, that would be ideal... i just have to get off my butt and go sign up.
pixelhaze pixelhaze 9 years
ur_momm - wow, that does sound exhausting! What if you did something like couples yoga with your boyfriend? That way it would count as quality time with him, exercise, and relaxation. It might help you sleep better too, and it's hard(er) to make excuses to skip if you've got spending time with your boy to look forward to. I prefer evening exercise because I feel like it's helping me sleep better - I used to be the kind of person who couldn't go to sleep before 4:00 AM!! But it's definitely true that it becomes so easy to make excuses to skip out. . .
syako syako 9 years
Yeah we do! I would love to go to work at 9 and get my workouts done at a decent morning hour too! But, that's the way it is. How is it going during lunch breaks? I'm interested in trying it out one time...
ur_momm ur_momm 9 years
syako I do go during my lunch breaks at work but I just think getting it over with in the morning would be so much better and give me so much more energy throughout the entire day. Anyways I try! but if i worked 5 minutes from home and only worked at 9:00 i would totally be out there jogging or biking before work. I guess we just have to settle for what we can get!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
I hate the diea of the gym, but love the way i feel after...and not just right after, but after a week of going to gym, i just feel better all the time. Right now, I am pulling 12, and now 13 hour days at work and have having problems hitting the gym, so not only do i feel bad from work, but i feel bad in general from not getting any cardio. I must say i didn't realize the benefits of working out to just my well-being until very recently.
ma9321 ma9321 9 years
I work out everyday except on Sundays. On the weekdays, it's usually in the evening. I get up at 5:45 to be at work by 7:15 and get home around 5 pm. I usually get home, make supper, help my daughter with her homework. Then I get ready, work out and go out for a jog at the park, get home and eat supper with my husband. Then i clean the kitchen, do laundry and get my breakfast and lunch ready for the next day. Shower then off to bed. My days usually end around 10:30ish. I stay busy all day, but I make sure I get some workout time in there somewhere. Oh, and then there are days I have to run errands. If there is a will, there is a way!! : )
syako syako 9 years
What about your lunch break? It doesn't have to be an hour, you could just go to a gym near work for 30 minutes, shower, and be back at work. That way you don't have to wake up earlier or take up your evenings. We're all busy and we all have whacked out schedules, it just takes work and diligence to fit in exercise.
ur_momm ur_momm 9 years
I leave my place at 6:30 in the morning to get to work for 8:00. (boyfriend gives me a lift to the bus then i take the subway then another bus) So I wake up between 5:30 and 6:00 depending on what time my dog decides his bladder is going to explode at. My point is this: if I want to work out early (which i would love to) I would have to get up around 4:30-5:00 AM!!!! I get home from work around 6:30 at night so that makes a really long day. and if i want to get my healthy 8 hours of sleep, i would have to be in bed by 8:30-9:00. So that gives me only 2 hours between the time i get home and the time i would have to be in bed to take care of the dog, make dinner for me and my boyfriend, eat, and actually relax. I'm exhausted just THINKING about it :(
syako syako 9 years
I'm not sure what Gunning meant - but I would think a great way to "work smart" in 30 minutes would be to do a circuit. Start off with a 5 minute warm up (walking) and then do strength moves that use multiple body parts (walking lunges while doing bicep curls, for instance). After you do the move, pick up a jump rope and jump for a minute or two. Then do another strength move (like crunches). And then jump rope. Pick out about 5-7 strength moves and continue doing this for 20-25 minutes. Self Magazine has a good circuit ( You can find other ones too on their site and,, etc.
merymery merymery 9 years
Fit, when you say "work smart," what do you mean? What are the best workouts/exercises to do when you only have 30 minutes?
syako syako 9 years
Fit - thanks so much for following up on that last post. Hopefully the many people who read (and commented) on that post will read this and get encouraged. I agree with retail_therapy, I workout in the evenings (5-7ish) and still have plenty time to get home, cook dinner for my husband, and spend a lot of time with him. But I really think it's very personal, you have to find what works for YOU! But the only way you'll find out is if you ACTUALLY try. :)
the-makeup-blogette the-makeup-blogette 9 years
those are great tips! I have to work so early in the morning, so my routine is usually anytime between 5-7pm..for an hour each time. I tell myself to have at least 5 days each week. Exercising in the evening also makes me more alert at night to clear some work, and my body feels more alive the next morning. On weekends I exercise in the morning, so i get that over with first thing in the day. I always go alone, cos it is much easier to plan things on my own, no waiting, and no having to slow down or have to speed up. i just do my own thing.
EllaBella EllaBella 9 years
I believe very much in exercising in the morning - now... Until recently I was an evening person, going to the gym after work. But I really hated that very often something would make me skip the work out, like socialising with colleagues, or anything else... I have read many many times that exercising in the morning is the best way to actually do your exercise and now finally I have done it. I am on my 3rd week as a morning runner and I love it. I thought I would hate waking up so early and all that but I got used to it very quickly and now I even miss my morning exercise if I have a day off!! Finding something you enjoy is also definitely important. I believe also in variation, the best thing is if you have a couple of activities and vary between them, if you have fun you will be able to do it. For those of you who have kids, include them in the fun. Playing tennis or going to the pool together for example, you get the fun, you have quality time with your kids and you exercise!!
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