Does the thought of entering a gym make you break a sweat? Do you feel sore just thinking about lifting weights?
You know what I’m talking ’bout…
Sometimes we would do anything to avoid exercising!
Girl, we’ve all been there, and we know how hard it can be to start exercising when you’d much rather watch Netflix and eat popcorn.
The first step in building an exercise habit is thinking about why you dislike it so much. Once you’ve determined what’s causing you to hate exercise, you can work towards a solution. Scared of being judged or feeling some gymtimidation? Try a home workout. Low energy after work? Exercise in the morning. Find weightlifting boring? Try a group fitness class.
You probably already know the health benefits of exercising, but you’ll actually need to put in the work to get the gains. Setting goals helps build momentum by giving you something to work towards. Yet, it’s about more than just setting goals! It’s about going after them and using internal or external motivation to get out there and go to the gym, do the home workout, or go for a run.
One common mistake that people make when starting an exercise routine is making goals which are too lofty. While you want to push yourself, try starting out smaller and building from there. Instead of working out every day, start with 2-3 times a week; and instead of an hour, start with 30 minutes. Attainable goals will keep you from becoming discouraged at the start, and then you’ll be less likely to give up. If you’re finding it particularly difficult, find an exercise buddy to join you and hold each other accountable.
It’s probably accurate to say that some of you dislike exercising now because you had a poor experience in the past. Remember, not every activity will be right for you. If you try something a few times and don’t find it enjoyable, odds are you’ll lose motivation to keep exercising. Experiment with new exercise forms like rec sports, yoga, or swimming. Once you find something you absolutely love, it will be easier to consistently stay active.
The most important part about exercising is to keep going. When it feels challenging, uncomfortable, or boring, find a way to persevere—change up the routine, lower the weight, or take a five-minute break. Whatever you do, don’t stop! Check out some other fitness tips on our blog or subscribe to the newsletter below!