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SouthernBell02
08-13-2013, 03:04 PM
Like it says I hate it!! There is a e-card I saw once that said, "I exercised once, but found out I was allergic to it. My skin flushed and my heart raced. I got sweaty and sort of breath. Very dangerous!" That is me in a nutshell. Have any of you found something that you like to do? I would go swimming but I find it uncomfortable to be in a swimsuit in front of everyone:( Any suggestions?


Kscott
08-13-2013, 03:35 PM
Most people hate exercising (at first)--and once they become accustomed to it--they won't stop--because they feel so much stronger physically and mentally. They're happy and they don't want to give that up. Everything improves including their self esteem.

We learn to wear our sweat as a badge of honor. I would suggest that you read an existing thread on this board under exercise--titled: "Do you workout because" In that thread you will find all you need to know as to why others--regardless of weight--or concerns about what they would look like to others got off of the couch and started exercising.

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nelie
08-13-2013, 03:44 PM
Walking (and Hiking) has always been part of my enjoyable exercises. Most days, I go walking but in the heat, sometimes I'll walk in place inside while watching tv. I also like lifting weights because I think it is fun but I may be an odd one :)

Other fun things I like include kayaking and biking. Sometimes I like dance classes but I'm not doing any now.I think the way to look at it is it is good for your health and we are meant to move so find something that you enjoy.


Issaknits
08-13-2013, 04:36 PM
Most people hate exercising (at first)--and once they become accustomed to it--they won't stop--because they feel so much stronger physically and mentally. They're happy and they don't want to give that up. Everything improves including their self esteem.

This. I used to exercise just because I figured I could outrun my fork (before I started to clean up my bad eating habits.) Now I head to the gym because no matter how crummy the day might have been or how tired I might be, I'm always in a better mood/mindset after a workout.

If you hate exercising, what do you like to do? Do you like to dance? If you're afraid of people gawking, turn up the music and shake it out in the privacy of your own home! Do you like to bike? Make a point to hop on and go for at least five minutes a day. Do you have kids/have friends or relatives who have kids? Chase them around the yard for a game of tag or indulge your inner 5-year-old by running around the playground with them.

Exercise isn't "you must do This Type of exercise OR ELSE." I don't know how to swim very well, so I stay out of the pool. I detest treadmills because I can never keep a good running form on them and tend to wobble to one side, so I walk/run outdoors. I absolutely love feeling stronger and the confidence boost lifting weights has given me (because once you realize that you can lift x amount of weight, it feels like you can do just about anything) so I lift four days out of the week.

The point is, do what you like. If you pick something that you hate to do and that you have to force yourself to accomplish, the chances of you sticking with it long enough to see progress are slim to none. And if you do like swimming, then wear a shirt and some shorts on top of your bathing suit. There's a lot of ladies at my gym that do the same. Ask the attendants at your gym what's allowed. And while you're asking, check to see what sort of group classes are available. It might so happen that your next favorite thing is something you didn't know was offered.

SouthernBell02
08-13-2013, 05:14 PM
Thanks for the replies. I know I need to find something and I will its just a matter of getting up the courage to try new things. I walked a bit on the treadmill today so at least I did something;)

luckymommy
08-13-2013, 05:25 PM
Why not buy a pedometer? They're not expensive and you can just challenge yourself to beat your steps from the day before. I find it very motivating.

Kscott
08-13-2013, 05:36 PM
Thanks for the replies. I know I need to find something and I will its just a matter of getting up the courage to try new things. I walked a bit on the treadmill today so at least I did something;)

And see--you just lapped everyone that was sitting on the couch by just walking on a treadmill.

I agree--find something you like to do and you'll stick with it. There are plenty of suggestions on this board--even video's you can buy if you fear what someone else is going to look at you like--(which is really not reality anyway.)
It's just that first walk in the door that induces fear--the second time you walk through that door--(no fear.)

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belovedspirit
08-13-2013, 05:37 PM
What do you hate about exercise?

I ask that because different exercises feel differently. So, perhaps we can help brainstorm what you like if we know what you dislike.

Radiojane
08-13-2013, 07:23 PM
I swim (more move around in the pool than actual laps) because it doesn't induce the "allergic reaction" you describe. You don't feel sweaty and gross in the water.

I FORCE myself to take a yoga class. By force I mean I look forward to it up until I get in the door. At my weight it's an endurance sport, and I feel gross all the way through. But man do I feel amazing when I finish!

I hated all exercise when I started too, but now I crave it, and I don't function well if I stop (A month off put me in a bad depression and binge eating tailspin). It's worth it to start!

devadiva
08-13-2013, 07:27 PM
If you hate it don't do it...see how much better you feel NOT!!
Keep trying different things something will spark you fun bone than get good at it and you will find you want to do more. Don't expect to much to soon!! Stat small and add. I use to be a couch potato Now I love it all! Started with like 3 min on an elliptical with headphones..felt like I was dancing...it was my start.

RavenWolf
08-17-2013, 03:51 PM
Walking, Zumba, and I just started Hip Hop Abs! I do the Zumba on the Wii and Hip Hops Abs are dvds. :)

I hated exercise. I was in pain and miserable!!

Now I actually look forward to it and was running for a while, too!

Aksarben
08-17-2013, 11:43 PM
Thanks for the replies. I know I need to find something and I will its just a matter of getting up the courage to try new things. I walked a bit on the treadmill today so at least I did something;)

About 15 years ago I got into the habit of doing the elliptical machine and loved it. Then I got married, had kids, and am just coming up for air again. I think I hate exercise but in the back of my head, I now I enjoyed the time to myself and felt oh so much better. I looks like you are doing fantastic at weight loss, and I bet if we both add in just 20 mins a day...we may find we like it by the time fall rolls around.

VioletDolphin83
08-18-2013, 11:56 PM
I found nothing worked to motivate myself. I'd always start an exercise program and give up. One thing that has helped me this time is that I told my husband to nag and insist that I do exercise include setting it up for me. I told him I really want to get fit and I desperately needed help. So far it has worked.

SoMuchFattitude
08-19-2013, 09:09 AM
I HATE exercising too, but I do it.

That's the thing - people ask me if I exercise and I say yes, but if people asked if I liked exercisiong, I'd say "HE|| NO."

I actually did an entire article on myhate of exercising, (http://somuchfattitude.com/2013/08/15/my-exercise-confession/) but I still do 10ks, 5ks, endurance bike events and triathlons.

ShyHeather
08-21-2013, 08:27 PM
I don't exactly love exercising, but I don't hate it. I think I dread it mainly due to the crazy thoughts I have. The ones that go along the lines of, 'They're all going to laugh at you' from Carrie. I don't know why, but I have this crazy notion that people are going to look at me and poke fun because I am 300+ and exercising.


Funny thing is, I can understand a few cracked jokes because last night I saw my back reflected into another mirror and it looked like I had ocean waves on my back :o

Kscott
08-22-2013, 01:55 AM
There is always one common denominator between skinny and overweight women. They all worry about how others are going to look at them like. Women--who are worried about cellulite on their thighs--that unsightly mole on their neck--their arms are too fat--their legs are too skinny--their butts are too wide--whatever. Everyone is self-conscience about something on their body or the shape of their body, and no one is perfect. But they exercise anyway--because they are trying to improve themselves along with their health.

And we all only have 3 choices in life: Give up, Give in, or Give it all you've got.

Aclai4067
08-23-2013, 01:08 AM
My enjoyable exercise has changed over time. At higher weights, I like walking outside, somewhere scenic. I liked weight lifting back when my knees weren't so bad. I still do some arm stuff, but I always liked the leg stuff better. As I got smaller, I was shocked to discover that I LIKED running! I never thought I would, but it was so empowering. Once I got up the courage to go to spin class, I found I really liked that too. The best part of spin, is that you control your resistance. So if you need a break, you can just turn it down and no one knows. Definitely my favorite group fitness option.

I'm too heavy to run right now, and I find the spin bike seats a little extra uncomfortable at this weight (even with a seat cushion). My plan is to resume spin class in the 270s and resume running in the 240s. For now, I'm toughing out the less fun exercise to build up my fitness and get down to a weight where I can do those things again.

KayMaxim
08-23-2013, 02:38 AM
Get a dog! It will reward you if you take it for a walk and bug you if you don't.

Wannabeskinny
08-25-2013, 09:45 AM
Not everyone likes to exercise, but you just have to be a grown up and do it. I can remember feeling like I hated exercise but what I really hated was getting out of my comfort zone, sweating, not being able to meet challenges, etc. Once you get used to how exercise feels it starts to feel good, then you start to see results and then you notice that you can push yourself further which is hugely satisfying. I would be too embarrassed to say "I hate exercise" because it sounds like an immature cop-out. It's like brushing your teeth or eating your spinach, do it because it's good for you and worry about the "liking it" part later. When I meet people who claim to hate exercise all I can think is "yeah, you look it." Can't help it.

Heche27
08-25-2013, 07:18 PM
I never really hated exercising, but I got bored so easily so I really did not enjoy cardio. However, I signed up for a color run and decided to do the Couch to 5k. After about three weeks of the program, I became addicted. While running, I still have serious temptations to just stop, but I never do. I still enjoy fun classes like TurboKick or Zumba a lot more than running, but I like running because I can see everyday if I'm improving. I'm a very competitive person so I love trying to beat myself every time. You just have to find something that works for you and stick to it. It might suck at first, but after a while, you won't be able to give it up!

dory34
09-02-2013, 02:52 PM
Most people hate exercising (at first)--and once they become accustomed to it--they won't stop--because they feel so much stronger physically and mentally. They're happy and they don't want to give that up. Everything improves including their self esteem.

We learn to wear our sweat as a badge of honor. I would suggest that you read an existing thread on this board under exercise--titled: "Do you workout because" In that thread you will find all you need to know as to why others--regardless of weight--or concerns about what they would look like to others got off of the couch and started exercising.

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happynottsgirl
09-07-2013, 11:34 AM
I think you should invest in a good (more professional) swimsuit. They slim you/ make you feel all tucked in! That's what I use. I am also very self-conscious being in a swimsuit but you can overcome that hurdle really fast. Most of the time you are in the water anyway. I go swimming now quite frequently and don't worry about people looking at me.

Rhiko
09-07-2013, 10:16 PM
I have experience.

I hated exercising when I first started and hated sweating. Yes, I still feel self-conscious and avoid running on roads, but I still run in front of people on the athletic track I use. You know what? I believe that if you are putting in a genuine effort to exercise, people will actually look upon you positively, that you want to change who you are.

I know how hard it is to look into the future and picture what you will look like and to forget what people will think while you are working towards your goal, just remember that it will get easier as you slim down and feel comfortable about yourself. You are doing it for you, not for them. :)

As for the fitness side of things, it's a matter of pushing past your comfort zone and those barriers that got you to where you are in the first place. It is hard and you will feel the burn. I did 2x 6 kilometres (almost 4 miles) this week and my muscles are sore, but you know what, I wouldn't change that because I know I am better off. When I first started in January, I couldn't fast walk 100 metres, but I got out there and did it. My muscles have grown stronger, my weight has dropped and my body, skin, longevity are better than what they were.

Consider exercising comfortably as your first barrier and wanting to exercise as your second. :D

Kscott
09-18-2013, 02:55 PM
I never really hated exercising, but I got bored so easily so I really did not enjoy cardio. However, I signed up for a color run and decided to do the Couch to 5k. After about three weeks of the program, I became addicted. While running, I still have serious temptations to just stop, but I never do. I still enjoy fun classes like TurboKick or Zumba a lot more than running, but I like running because I can see everyday if I'm improving. I'm a very competitive person so I love trying to beat myself every time. You just have to find something that works for you and stick to it. It might suck at first, but after a while, you won't be able to give it up!

Yes, boredom is another reason why people won't exercise. That's why classes are great--that one hour goes by very quickly--versus 1 hour on a treadmill that seemed like it took the whole day up for me anyway--lol. I know there are many that can work out with machines and just love it.

I agree that it's very important to find an exercise that one likes to do--sports--dance--Jazzercise--Zumba, running-walking--etc. and that's what keeps them doing it.

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happybug
09-18-2013, 09:06 PM
I used to hate it too and I went to any lengths to avoid it. But this time around I've come to realise I was doing the wrong exercise for me. Before I was only walking. I hate walking. It's like enforced torture and unless I have some reason to walk there it's monotonous for me. But if I put a cd on and hop on my exercise bike, the swap to the step, then skip, the time flies in no time and I actually find myself enjoying it.

Lyndality
09-19-2013, 12:56 PM
I was in the same boat as you for a long time. Then I read some advice that completely changed my mindset... Don't think of it as exercise, think of it as a bit of relaxing 'you time'. Sounds crazy, I know! But that's where I started. With short, non strenuous walks. 15 mins, 20 mins, whàtever. Don't put pressure on yourself, enjoy the scenery, look in shop windows and clear your head. Make it a priority to get into that headspace often. Don't worry about huffing and puffing, or sweating, just go! And after a while, you'll want to go. And you'll be that bit fitter so you might go for a bit longer, or faster, but no pressure. That's where I started. And I never thought I'd say this, but my body and spirit started craving the exercise, and I enjoyed it and started pushing it. Now I can easily walk 2 hours at a decent pace. I joined a gym, and can do an hour on the cross trainer, going pretty hard. It's taken a while, but it's real progress and I still don't pressure myself. If I struggle for motivation, I just go back to the idea that I just go out for a relaxing stroll. And if that's all I do for the day, yay! Oh, and weights at the gym is another motivator - it's easy to see your progress by the weights you can lift. Just remember,try not to compare the start of your journey to the middle of someone else's. Good luck

SkinnyBee78
09-19-2013, 02:56 PM
A couple of things have been working for me (as in, I'm more positive about it than before and more regular): I sprung on a decent home treadmill. I already had an ellipical, and I remembered how burned out I'd get at the gym doing just that, so I'd switch to the treadmill there. Having both at home gives me ZERO excuses. Aside from that, something (I think) Mazzy said hit home: rethink how you see working out. Think of it as a REWARD for your body, as a gift to yourself. I've been changing my thoughts about it...every time I think "I have to work out to lose weight" and feel that loathing settling in, that predictable rebellion, I say instead "I want to work out to give my body a gift." As she said, it's becoming more of a reward for my body to work out that emotional/physical stress it's been holding onto, and I just use that time to talk to myself, to tell it (this might sound a little fruity, but it works) that I love it, that it's beautiful and thank it for carrying me all my life. I tell my body it's ok to let go of that stress. So far so good!

Another thing mid workout I tell myself is that my body is capable of handling more than my mind tells it it can. My body is strong. :) Annnyway, those are little Jedi Mind Tricks I've been employing lately. Hope it helps!

Savemykissesx
09-20-2013, 10:20 AM
Ugh, I totally feel you on this subject here.. I HATE it, too. And I don't care how that makes me sound - I just would WAY rather sit on the couch and watch some TV.

But reading some motivation speakers on here has made me feel like I can DEFINITELY get back into it.
Plus, I can always watch TV while I walk my treadmill.

I think it also helps that I have two dogs that LOVE going for walks - and I have always been taking them for walks, but it's always been so randomly. NOW I am planning on doing it daily. I have done it for the last 2 days straight, which I know isn't a ton, but for me it's a big step.

MizzJessica
09-23-2013, 11:10 PM
I hated exercising too... I was a couch and computer potato.. always playing video games... Every summer i was depressed.. I am only 23 years and and I weigh 251 lbs now.. at 18 i weighed 145 and i thought i was fat then!!! I wish i could go back in time and made sure i exercised and watched what I ate.. but I cant... now im off the video games.. im counting calories, dieting, and walking and let me tell you it makes me feel so much better!!

You just have to do it.. trust me you will hate it, but it gets easier!!! Make it fun, find fun music that you like listen to it, and just walk... dont fret about how you look now, because just think in a year you will be beautiful and MORE confident!!!

I set a goal for myself, by next summer I would love to have lost 100 lbs... i already lost 5lbs... just a few weeks ago I was the highest i have ever been at 256 lbs.. i was ashamed.. and I realized I cant do this anymore to my body... I need to take action now... thats what you have to do!! You are the only one that can make a difference!!

Good luck!!!

Kscott
09-24-2013, 01:31 AM
I hated exercising too... I was a couch and computer potato.. always playing video games... Every summer i was depressed.. I am only 23 years and and I weigh 251 lbs now.. at 18 i weighed 145 and i thought i was fat then!!! I wish i could go back in time and made sure i exercised and watched what I ate.. but I cant... now im off the video games.. im counting calories, dieting, and walking and let me tell you it makes me feel so much better!!

You just have to do it.. trust me you will hate it, but it gets easier!!! Make it fun, find fun music that you like listen to it, and just walk... dont fret about how you look now, because just think in a year you will be beautiful and MORE confident!!!

I set a goal for myself, by next summer I would love to have lost 100 lbs... i already lost 5lbs... just a few weeks ago I was the highest i have ever been at 256 lbs.. i was ashamed.. and I realized I cant do this anymore to my body... I need to take action now... thats what you have to do!! You are the only one that can make a difference!!

Good luck!!!

Good for you for realizing this at 23 years old. It's a lot easier to make a life-style change when you're young. You have a higher metabolism--and everything is working properly. Keep a good attitude and stick with the program and you'll reach your goals--and then stay there.

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MAK247
09-24-2013, 08:24 PM
I think I might actually be allergic to exercising. I remember past attempts at jogging and my skin would start to itch! lol

I have found walking or hiking the dogs is pretty much the only exercise I enjoy. For a while I was only taking them out hiking a few times a month, but the past week and a half I've gotten up early to walk them every day. Now it is getting easier each day to get myself up and moving in the mornings.