I hate exercising.
There… I said it.
Despite the fact that I run a health & wellness website, I am NOT a gym rat. I’m lazy AF.
It’s just the truth. The gym annoys me… it’s not my thing.
But I tell you what I do like: feeling healthy and happy.
So this one’s for those of us who really, really, REALLY dislike the gym, but want to feel good in our bodies and about ourselves.
4 Fitness Tips for People who HATE Exercising
For those of us who don’t want to be the next Olympic Gold Medalist or NFL MVP, exercising is a f*cking chore.
YOU know what I’m talking about… because if you clicked this, I’m probably talking to you lol.
Rolling out of bed at the crack of dawn, trying to jog consistently on the treadmill, following a strict regimen… UGH. SO not fun.
Now, let me start by telling you that feeling this way doesn’t make you less of a person. I know the “in” thing right now is to have a tiny waist and a fat, lifted booty. And the social consensus is that if you DON’T have these things and aren’t willing to die for them, there’s something wrong with you.
That’s just not true.
These things are just not a priority for the average person. Which is totally understandable. Like, sure, none of us want to be overweight, have health issues, or be unhappy with our bodies, but having an ass like Marilyn Monroe or Kim K. simply ain’t in the cards for us.
Some of us have kids and/or full-time jobs. And you know what? Some of us just don’t care about that stuff.
Any one of those is OK. You are entitled to that.
But the fact remains: it’s still important for you to be active and healthy. So how can you do this if you hate exercising? Let’s talk about it.
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#1: Learn to Love Your Body Wherever It’s At
Fat, skinny, healthy, or unhealthy, I feel like every great fitness journey starts with self-love.
Exercising is a commitment that you have to make to yourself. And if you don’t learn to love yourself and all of your imperfections, how can you stick to any commitments? You don’t value yourself enough to do it!
I mean, let’s say that someone you love gets really sick. You make a commitment that you’ll stick by them and help them do whatever they need to get healthy again. But you only do that because you already love them. It won’t matter how sick they get; you love them either way. And if they NEVER get better, you’ll STILL love them.
You have to make the commitment to yourself, no matter how much you don’t like where your body is at right now. Tell yourself that you love you, rolls, bones, and all, and that you’re gonna stick this out no matter what.
#2: Don’t Focus On Your Appearance
Exercising is a bitch. I won’t deny that because it’s the truth.
But you deserve to feel your best.
So if you’re exercising just because you want to look better, you ain’t gonna stick with it.
For example, I’d love to have Michelle Obama arms and abs like Fergie. But that’s not why I eat a vegan diet, that’s not why I practice self care, and that’s not why I do yoga.
I do all of that stuff because it makes me feel good in the long run. I feel my healthiest, strongest, and happiest when I’m taking care of myself.
But I know that none of this really explains how you can get fit even if you hate exercising. They’re just the precursors for these last 2 tips. Keep reading.
#3: Create a Diet & Exercise Routine That You ENJOY
Hear me when I say this:
If you hate your diet & exercise routine, YOU WILL NOT STICK WITH IT.
There’s a SERIOUS difference between challenging yourself and defeating yourself before you’ve started.
Strict dieting and grueling exercise routines? Look, I ain’t gonna lie, SOME people can stick with them. But chances are, if you’re reading this, those “some people” ain’t you.
You’re here because you’ve already tried the fad diets, the painful exercise routines, the harsh schedule… and they didn’t work.
So what am I “selling” you today? A lifestyle. You need to create a LIFESTYLE for yourself. Something you can do everyday that doesn’t detract or distract from the schedule you already have.
I’ve got a few blog posts with pointers about how you can do this and live your best life… you can check those out here:
The main thing about creating this new lifestyle? You have to like it. You hate the structured forms of exercise that you’ve already tried, so you have to find ones that you do like: dance classes, yoga workouts, scenic walks… whatever floats your boat. The more you like it, the more likely you are to stick with it. And yes, doing about 30 minutes of any of these each day (at least 5 days a week) IS enough to benefit your health.
From there, you have to come up with a healthy diet plan. Juicing is a nice idea, but tell me how the f*ck you’re gonna do that every day for the rest of your life? The short answer is: YOU WON’T.
Come up with a diet plan- talk to your GP or a registered dietitian- that includes healthy meals that you enjoy.
For example, I’ve been OBSESSED with chia pudding lately. It takes about 10 minutes to prep, 15 minutes max. It’s like oatmeal or cream of wheat, but simpler (in my opinion). I sweeten it with stevia, add some dairy-free yogurt (my favorite is Kite Hill) and some fruit and I’m in business.
#4: Remember That a BIG PART of Your Health Depends on Your Diet
Exercising is important because our bodies are made for movement. But you can get away with a lot of things if you’re eating the right stuff.
I’m sure I’ve raved about it enough, but I’ve been using Cronometer to track what I eat, and it’s been REALLY helpful.
You wanna be getting a balanced amount of your macronutrients- proteins, fats, and carbs– as well as your vitamins & minerals. Calories ARE important, but not as important as all those other things.
That’s why I love Cronometer so much. It uses your height, weight, and age to calculate your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate), which is how many calories you burn when you’re not active. Then it keeps track of all the important stuff you take in throughout the day.
It’s not just about how many calories you eat, it’s about what KIND of calories you eat. Macronutrients are measured in calories, and 1 calorie of each macronutrient serves a different function in your body.
I know, I know, it’s all REALLY complicated and boring. That’s why people get degrees in this ish. But if you’re interested, I have a pretty extensive blog post on calories and what they are that you can check out.
Basically, Cronometer keeps track of all the complicated stuff that’s important but really boring. For most of your foods, all you gotta do is scan the barcode and tell Cronometer how many servings you’ve eaten. The app will take care of the rest.
In the end, exercising sucks. But it’s important and you should do it anyway.
So yeah… sorry if you thought this blog post was going to be about how you get fit without exercising, but it’s not. The reality is that exercising is an integral part of a healthy life.
So what is it that I want you to take away from this post? Well, that exercising is important, but you don’t have to make yourself MISERABLE in order to do it. There are ways to customize your lifestyle that are unique to you and your needs.
So think about it: what do you need from your fitness routine/lifestyle, and how can you tweak it into something you love?
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