Weight Loss Support - I LOATHE HATE DESPISE Exercise!!!!! No One Can Hate it as Much as I Do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

11-29-2010, 04:13 PM
Ok fine, I walked my 3 miles today....I can lie and say WOW great I feel like I accomplished SO much blah blah blah

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WE have a million cardiac hills around here, my one leg went numb on me...my back is KILLING ME....

Can you see this HILL???? Doesn't look like much huh??? IT IS it's HUGE and STEEP

11-29-2010, 04:13 PM
Just wanted to give ya a :hug:

11-29-2010, 04:17 PM
I dreaded the gym as well but in the past 6 or 7 years found that i really enjoy it. Actually started spinning 3X's a week. I don't kill myself (anymore) and do what i can.

If it's too painful, walk 2 miles until you build up to 3 miles, only do what you physical feel comfortable with. Stretch first too, my shins used to get numb but if you drop your heels off a step that helps :hug:

11-29-2010, 04:20 PM
Sometimes I get so discouraged believe it or not when people come on and say "oh i made myself go to the gym and now I feel great" Etc...Not that i'm not THRILLED for them because I am...I just doubt it will ever be me.

I hate it with a passion, none of it appeals to me PERIOD....never has even when I was at my thinnest....I just hate it hate it hate it

11-29-2010, 04:26 PM
do little by little? I used to hate exercising too. Well I don't hate it, just don't flipping want to do it. Now, it actually like that rush you get after finishing like "dang I just burned come calories". when i first started I could only do like 5 mins. Now i'm up to 15-20 of cardio. No it's not a lot, but I assume by February I should be able to chug along at 45min-1hr without passing out or begging for Jesus.

How about doing things that doesn't feel like exercising? Find a huge mall, walk around for a while. Don't have to buy anything. Just walk, look at some stuff. Walk some more. Maybe walk in place while watching a tv show/movie. If it's a really good show, you won't even realize you're walking because you'll be so into it.

Crawl until you can walk, hun. Then walk until you can run. Run until you fly :-). I like to think of it as, it's not a race to see who can do the most the fastest, just go at your own pace.

oh and I second that :hug:

11-29-2010, 04:26 PM
Perhaps 3 miles (as well as a steep incline) is just too much to start. Try walking half a mile. Try walking somewhere you'd rather be (ie the mall). I'm a gym rat BUT nobody needs to go to a gym or like to "work out" - but some basic exercise (ie walking a certain distance) is very important, just to keep "heart healthy". Good luck!

Shannon in ATL
11-29-2010, 04:27 PM
My husband hates it too, I often hear him say the exact same things. I would like to say it gets better and that everyone comes to love it so you will too, but I'm afraid some people don't... It might always be a struggle to get yourself moving to do it. Sorry honey. :hug:

It is totally worth it, though. Keep at it. :)

11-29-2010, 04:27 PM
oh and just to ad. If flying and running still doesn't appeal to you after crawling and walk. Be the best dang walker you can be.

11-29-2010, 04:31 PM
I hate exercising. People can say they used to hate it but now love it but I have never experienced that. I get no natural high from it, going to the gym makes me feel tired and sweaty, not oh yay look what I did. And all exercise feels like work to me, there is nothing that is so fun I don't think about the fact I'm exercising and don't want to be.

11-29-2010, 04:37 PM
I do not like it, but I like how I feel after wards more than what I do not like about it.

Maybe you have just not found what you can handle doing enough to get the good feelings?

11-29-2010, 04:45 PM
I guess it's all personal preference whether you like or ever like the gym.

It is a fact that when exercising, you release endorphins that naturally make you happier and feel better. That's why i believe the more you do it the more enjoyable it will be, for me anyways.

11-29-2010, 04:48 PM
I am sure at some point I will enjoy it, i just hate the utter pain I am feeling when I am done. I have arthritis in one knee and it is very very painful. Also my back KILLS me.

Do any of you deal with or dealt with back pain from your weight and does that ever get better?

11-29-2010, 04:51 PM
Yes and yes! Doing back exercises help too. There are a couple of machines that cater to back workouts. My issue is a heavy chest that causes my back to hurt i believe.

11-29-2010, 04:54 PM
I don't like exercise much either, but since I've started dieting and started on this site (Today!) I'll just add my 2 cents. I walk a about the same distance as you sometimes, but I really could not do it without my music and headphones. I put the most energetic music I could find (mostly great oldies) on an MP3 player, and that's seems to give me energy as I walk. One time the battery died, and it seemed to take forever to complete the walk. Just take it one day at a time and give yourself a big hug after completing each workout. You will look gorgeous one day soon, but you have to keep at it! Good luck.

11-29-2010, 05:00 PM
I am pretty well conditioned and can do just about anything, including running, and yet oddly, walking hurts me. :dunno: It hurts my shoulders, my back, my knees and my hips. I don't like it. So I don't blame you. :hug: I can do it but it's not my favorite activity.

And yes, my back pain got a lot better. My worst back pain occurred when I was doing dishes at the sink. I have no trouble with that at all anymore. And the beautiful thing is it happens before goal...well before goal.

11-29-2010, 05:01 PM
I have a herniated disc in my lower back and walking helps it a lot more than sitting or lying down, I can tell you that. Plus the look of muscles in your legs sure looks a **** of a lot better than just flab!

11-29-2010, 05:08 PM
I also loathe exercise. Dread it beforehand, hate every second of it during and am thankful to be finished. I hate every kind of exercise I've ever tried (running, elliptical, stairs, bikes, classes, hikes, whatever).

I know people keep saying it but I secretly find it hard to believe that anyone can LIKE exercise, blech.

11-29-2010, 05:25 PM
I am sure at some point I will enjoy it, i just hate the utter pain I am feeling when I am done. I have arthritis in one knee and it is very very painful. Also my back KILLS me.

Do any of you deal with or dealt with back pain from your weight and does that ever get better?

My friend has arthritis all over. She found that losing weight has taken some of the burden off her joints to help with pain. She also found that she had to start exercising very slowly. First she started with 10 minutes on the elliptical machine while watching her tv shows. She slowly built up time on there. Then she added in weights to get her muscles stronger. Finally when she could do an hour of the elliptical (and it took her a year to work up to that) she added in biking on flat surfaces and then eventually hills. Now, she hikes as well.

The main things she did was:

1. low impact exercises to reduce inflammation and pain.
2. start very slow and build slowly.
3. She included her dog and friends to keep her company while walking.

I have back and neck issues. I went to physical therapy for it. I used to get back and head aches when I exercised. I learned to slowly build intensity because I was overusing certain muscles at high intensities to compensate for weaker muscles. (bad posture and lifting wrong) I also learned which muscles were weak and learned exercises to strengthen them so that they could pull their own weight, so to speak. It took a year, but I'm off muscle relaxers and haven't been put out of commission for two or three days at a time due to headaches.

My physical therapist was super fit. But you know, she never goes to the gym or runs just to run. She likes sports so she plays on two soccer teams and flag football and soft ball. I know that sounds like a lot of team sports but the take home message from that is that you don't have to be a "gym rat" you can just do things that you enjoy, like shopping or adult sports leagues, or play tennis with a spouse/kids/cousin/friend. Or workout while watching tv (I go to the gym and watch the view while I'm on the exercise bike or elliptical).

I don't love exercise for it's own sake, but I find ways to tolerate it, like biking with kids/hubby or watching tv at the gym. And I like the results of the exercise.

Nola Celeste
11-29-2010, 05:33 PM
I used to loathe exercise. Swore, in fact, that there was only one good reason to get all hot and sweaty and breathless and it was most emphatically NOT an exercise regimen. :D

Now, well...I'll never love exercise itself. Lifting weights and cycling on my hamster wheel are dull unless I prop open a book or watch some TV while I'm doing it. Walking is a little better just because the "great outdoors" of my suburban neighborhood provides interest.

But it doesn't really matter if I like it or hate it or just find it tolerable. I love what it's doing for me way more than I dislike the exercise itself. When I started a month or so ago, I couldn't handle more than five minutes on the cycle; now I do half an hour. I didn't walk half a mile without huffing and puffing; now two miles is no problem (my two miles are easier, though, because New Orleans is very flat). It's embarrassing to admit this, but pots and pans were too heavy for me to lift with ease when they were full; now they're no problem, so I get burned or sloshed with hot water less. I like feeling stronger and more capable. I like not having to rest from housework or running errands. I like seeing a muscle peeking out here and there from beneath my thick layer of upholstery. :)

Your venting about exercise is totally understandable. Pretty sure a lot of us share those feelings. But maybe there are ways for you to make it a little more tolerable?

Three miles on those winding, hilly roads of yours would flatten me! It's admirable that you want to start with three-mile walks, but yikes, those roads look like knee-killers. Maybe stepping it back a little and getting the rest of your daily exercise in some other form (lifting, cycling) would be a little easier on your body.

11-29-2010, 05:37 PM
Have you tried something low impact instead? A lot of people suggest swimming.

Although I'm not a fan of jogging, I found that I absolutely loved cycling over the summer. I can barely run 2.5 miles, but stick me on a bike and after 11 miles I still want more!

11-29-2010, 06:01 PM
I love to walk and hike and bike and swim and kayak and do yoga. But almost every single time I'm doing one of those things I'm thinking "is this over? can I be done now?" But afterward, I feel awesome (even when my body hurts) and when I log in my work, I feel great. And when I think about all the people who physically can't do what i do and would give anything to be out there walking in the freezing cold or bending or pedaling, I remember how lucky I am.

11-29-2010, 06:24 PM
I do not love exercise. In fact, when I start it I always hate it and want to quit. I find that if I stick with it, then it gets to a point where I don't exactly enjoy but feel a sense of accomplishment in completing it.

I tried walking (on a treadmill) and find that my back start hurting.

I think it is important to find something that may work better. For example, I find that the recumbent bike is much more congenial for my back. And I can read a book while I do it or watch TV (I do it at the Y).

I have been working on strengthening my back also. I finally decided to work with a trainer for 30 minutes a week and get a lot out of those sessions and they really are faster moving with a lot of variety (I do weight training with the trainer not cardio stuff). So, if the budget allows it, working with a trainer once or twice a week can be a great help.

11-29-2010, 07:13 PM
I hate exercise too, but I do it because I know it helps keep me somewhat flexible in my senior years.

Actually I am a devout 'couch potato' and always will be. :dunno:

11-29-2010, 08:07 PM
Walking is very scenic here as well but I too find myself AS SOON AS I WALK out the stinkin door hurting and wondering if it's OVER YET!!! I have arthritis in my knee bad as well and it hurts so bad tonight I have a liperderm patch on it.

WHEW you guys are indeed inspirational though....THANK YOU

11-30-2010, 10:01 AM
Maybe you should try walking below the canal, where it's flatter. :)

Sorry, couldn't resist. Don't see many ppl who are also from DE!

Anyway, I don't love actually exercising, but I love how it makes me feel. I think the advice to start slower is sound. Work up to the 3 miles, that will probably be easier on your joints.

11-30-2010, 10:14 AM
:hug:Bacos :) are you really that close to me? I grew up in Cecil County :) I know the bay quite well and i am familiar with the levies :) Maybe we can walk sometime. Do you walk there?:hug::hug:

11-30-2010, 10:36 AM
:hug:Bacos :) are you really that close to me? I grew up in Cecil County :) I know the bay quite well and i am familiar with the levies :) Maybe we can walk sometime. Do you walk there?:hug::hug:

I'm in Middletown. :) So far I've been walking on the treadmill, but I'd totally be up for walking with a buddy sometime!

12-01-2010, 03:46 PM
Walking is very scenic here as well but I too find myself AS SOON AS I WALK out the stinkin door hurting and wondering if it's OVER YET!!! I have arthritis in my knee bad as well and it hurts so bad tonight I have a liperderm patch on it.

WHEW you guys are indeed inspirational though....THANK YOU

They all sure are - especially JoJoJo2here!! 84 and still working out and flexible, you are the queen!!

I hate exercise too, but I do it because I know it helps keep me somewhat flexible in my senior years.

readytobeme, I'm so sorry that you are in physical pain doing the walking :hugs: I sure hope it gets better, less painful. Because what you are doing is great!

I don't look forward to exercising, I look forward to when it's done :D but I do it anyway, have been for 8 years; and will try to keep doing it as long as JoJoJo!

and hey posting about this has maybe gotten you a walking buddy! Kewl :cool:

12-02-2010, 01:12 AM
readytobeme, I'm so sorry. I definitely agree that exercise sucks. LOL....For me, it MUST MUST MUST MUST MUST be fun or yes, it's boring, feels like work and I don't wanna do it. You need to find an exercise that is FUN for YOU. For me? The most fun workout program I own is Hip Hop Abs. It's so fun that even when I'm tired and need to stop, I don't want to or if I do need a break when it gets tough, I'm able to jump back into it again instead of giving up :).

Do you like to dance? If so, start there. Turn on your favorite song and dance to it until it's over. You'll definitely get that heart rate up. Do it for a week. Next week? Dance to two songs. LOL. It sounds silly but every little bit helps, right? Want proof? I lost ten pounds last month and I do only 12 minutes of a 26 minute Hip Hop Abs workout (the rest of it the workout I'm too lazy to do is on the floor...leg lifts, etc....ugh, hate that stuff. LOL). Anyway, so, as you can see...you don't even have to work out for very long...as long as you DO IT....that's all that matters. I bought the "Walk At Home" dvd at Wal-Mart last month and it's definitely something I think is fun too because it's easy. You're marching in place in front of the TV. The one I got has five miles on it and you can decide how many miles you'd like to do each day. One mile is 12 minutes so it's no wonder why I can do only 12 minutes of my Hip Hop Abs program and lose weight :)

Whatever you do, just make sure it's very easy so that you won't give up. Give yourself 12 minutes to workout and for those 12 minutes you give it your ALL and you can't go wrong. Eventually, you'll be able to add more time.

Okay, I'll stop before I write a novel but you get the idea. LOL.


Focused Lani
12-02-2010, 03:33 AM
Just to add there was an article in an aussie paper about two months ago that linked your love or hatred of exercise to genetics! So dont feel bad at all, I too hate exercise, I also hate housework and grocery shopping and paying bills, but I have to do it and so I do. I dont see myself ever liking exercise, but maybe theres hope. I used to dance all night at clubs when I was 18 and loved it! So maybe theres something a little more grown up for me waiting to be embraced. Good on you for doing it though! It takes more heart to do something you hate and not giving up then it does to do something you love :) Thumbs up to you!

Ive Had Enough
12-02-2010, 03:34 AM
readytobeme2010 & Bac0s, I'm in DE, too! I live in Bear & work in Wilmington.

12-02-2010, 06:56 AM
I also hate it hate it hate it.

I think I would also hate pain, so I think you should stop doing things that are painful, and if you are in pain right away, it may not be right for you.
What alternatives do you have and what can you afford.
Walking in a pool, or waterjogging are much lower impact. Some pools also have arthritic exercise pools that are quite warm too and you can exercise there. You can still hate the exercise, but avoid the pain at least.
And exercise bike can also get the heart rate up, but avoid the impact on the knees and you can get them very cheap at second hand stores. A lot of folks buy them, never use them and sell or discard stationary bikes, so unless you want a very special one, they don't have to be expensive. Set it up so you can watch TV. I make myself get on the treadmill during my fav show, I am not allowed to watch it otherwise, so I get a reward for getting on the treadmill.

I like to cross country ski, and don't consider it exercise. I also like yoga now, and go to hot yoga a couple of times a week. THis is definitely one of those, I feel better afterward kind of exercises, but that took a while.

I think as the weight goes down it will get easier and less painful, but you may never like it much, but will adapt to it, and as someone else said, you will like, even love, what it does for you.
I haven't lost much weight over the last year, but have lost some, but have toned alot, enough that I and others notice. That really helps.
If you are diabetic or pre-diabetic, you will also find it really helps stabilize your blood sugars.
Hope you can find something that works for you.
good luck

12-02-2010, 07:14 AM
Forcing yourself to do something you loathe doesn't seem very sustainable to me. It sounds as though you hate the pain and discomfort more than anything, so why not stop walking for now until you get lighter and build some muscle to support your arthritic knee?

I think there has been some excellent suggestion so far in this thread, and I would just like to add that I think moving in general is the key. Keep busy. You don't have to allocate x number of minutes daily for "exercise", but rather constantly do things. Do some extra house work. Make sure you move all your furniture when you hoover, do a bit extra here and there. Little things like that I find very efficient. Make sure that the time spent sitting on your bum is as little as possible.
Do you enjoy activities with your friends/family? Things that don't feel like exercise but still burn calories, like kayaking (sp?), cycling, in-lines etc etc.

There are so many things to do just living life I see no need for you to "grin and bear it" with the walking :)