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I don’t know about you but personally I hate to exercise. If I didn’t I don’t think I would have spent more than half of my life overweig...

Exercise for the Person Who Hates to Exercise

I don’t know about you but personally I hate to exercise. If I didn’t I don’t think I would have spent more than half of my life overweight.

Growing up I was terrible at sports and I dreaded gym class where the other kids would make fun of me because of my obvious lack of talent. These bad feelings about exercise followed me into adulthood and I just never could get into it. As a result I spent most of my time sitting around and packed on the pounds.

When I decided to lose weight I knew that I had to do some sort of exercise not only to speed up my weight loss results but to start feeling better and to take better care of my health.


I opted for walking for exercise because it was something I could do alone (not like a team sport or having to workout in front of people at a gym) and it was something that seemed relatively easy to do compared to a lot of other exercises but that still gave great results.

To get started I bought a good pair of walking shoes and a pedometer. I used the pedometer to motivate myself by setting a certain number of steps that I wanted to take each day. I would put the pedometer on in the morning and wear it to work, to the store…anywhere I went throughout the day.

Because I was trying to add steps I found that I started making little changes like parking a little further away from the store or making an extra trip to the supply cabinet at work. These little things really added up to a lot of extra calories burned.

I also needed to find places to walk close to where I lived. I found a beautiful trail through a wooded area less than a mile from my house that I never knew was there before so I decided to make that my walking place. In the beginning I would drive to the trail, park and walk it. As I got in better shape I would walk from my house to the trail and back home again.

I came to absolutely love walking on the trail because everyday I would see something new - a new patch of wildflowers blooming, a squirrel running across the path, the leaves on the trees changing colors or sometimes even deer.

My daily walks went from being a chore into being something I looked forward to all day - a way to escape from the stress of everyday life and enjoy the peace and quite of nature.

Over the years I have added other exercises to my routine as well. For instance, I ordered a video that teaches you how to belly dance because I thought it sounded like fun.

I close all the blinds in my house and dance away without worrying about anyone watching or how silly I look. It’s something that’s fun for me and that doesn’t feel like exercise which means that it is something that I will actually do.

If you are like me and you hate traditional exercises I would encourage you to try to come up with exercise options that you would enjoy. Think outside the box a little. Getting exercise doesn’t mean that you have to go to a gym and run on a treadmill.

Any activity that gets you up and moving counts as exercise and will not only help with your weight loss efforts, but will help you get in shape and feel great. As you add exercise to your routine each day you will start to have more energy, your concentration will improve, you will sleep better and you will just plain feel better all around.

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