I hate exercising is a comment made all the time around the world but why?
First of all you get hot and sweaty, out of breath, and feel like a sloth chasing a bus. It feels uncomfortable and unpleasant. This however is not the reason you hate exercise, you hate it because it's boring.
Going on a treadmill is a humans version of a hamster wheel; so much effort but you are just staying in the same boring place. The treadmill dates back to the Victorian times in England where prisoners were punished by being placed on a treadmill or tread wheel which would generate energy to make flour. So what are we doing going in to a gym and running on one of these things?
Why traditional ways of exercising don't work
We've been programmed in to believing that the best way to get fitter, be more toned, or lose weight is to join a gym. Although these places have everything you need to achieve your goals, the main problem is that not many people go on a regular basis.
I once worked in an exclusive health and fitness club that had the latest technology. I was responsible for 550 individual members. When I broke it down to what was described as an active member (someone who's attended in the past 14 days), my numbers were only 100 or so members. That's only 18% of my members who had attended the gym in the past 14 days.
When we think of the minimum requirement for someone to achieve their goals, it's 2-3 times per week. Out of the 100 members who were classed as active, only 20 had used the gym 2-3 times each week. That's only 3% of my members who were attending the gym at a frequency that allowed them to achieve their goals.
The reason why I'm explaining these figures to you is because it shows that joining a gym isn't sufficient. Why? Because from my statistics, only 3% of members attend the required amount of times. If you don't go, it won't work. And it's this reason why in my opinion, from my own experiences, traditional ways of exercising don't work.
Why you may not be attending the gym
Most of us are stuck inside for our work commitments due to the masses working in an office type environment. We're stuck inside all day so when it comes to visiting the gym after work, we drive past it and venture home instead. Have you ever thought about why?
There are a variety of reasons why you're not attending the gym.
- It's boring
- You don't have time
- You don't know what to do
- It isn't practical
- It's intimidating
These are just a few of the common reasons why people don't attend the gym. Is this the case for you? If you can find what is fun instead of boring, eliminate the travel time so you have time, educate yourself so you know how to exercise, and gain confidence in your own ability, then you're more likely to enjoy exercise rather than hate it.
What to do if you hate exercising
Gyms have many positives however my advice is if you hate exercise then stay clear of them. The 12 month membership you've just signed up to will be used about 4 times. So save your money, buy some decent running shoes, and get outdoors.
You are a caged hen, and you want to be free range. You want your freedom, you want to find something that fits in to your current lifestyle, you want something that's going to be fun. If you can find something that works for you then this new habit will stick.
If you hate exercising then stay away from the general ways of training. Find something that you enjoy doing as you are more likely to stick with it. There is so much out there that you can try such as running in the countryside or parks, taking part in a sport, or attending a dance class.
If you are going to run then run outside, or run in the park. It feels so much better when you are outside and taking in fresh air with various landscapes to discover. Your mind is elsewhere rather than watching the clock tick slowly on the treadmill.
If you enjoy music and dance then clubs in the city have day time raves that are exercise or dancing based. If you enjoy getting out in the countryside then cycling is a good way of exercising while venturing in to a peaceful place.
I recently felt like a kid again by going to an indoor obstacle course. It felt like I was just clowning around at the time but once I got home I had realised that it was a very good workout for the whole body. Other visits to your childhood could be trampolining, or even ice skating. We all had fun when we were children right?
Find something fun
In my times as a personal trainer, I always made sure my sessions were fun, creative, and interesting. Many of my clients hated exercise with a passion, but once they got in to a routine doing something that they enjoyed doing, then they were half way to achieving their goals.
If you hate exercising then start off by trying as many things as possible. Approach everything with an open mind and you will soon discover what you like.
Exercise is like a career, there are so many careers out there but not all of them are for you. There are office jobs, practical jobs, or jobs that require travel. There is something out there for everyone. It is your job to find your own way of exercising that's fun, interesting, and effective.
If you find something fun then you will never look at exercise the same way again. You will want to do it, and when you want to do something, you try harder. You will never make the comment 'I hate exercise' ever again!