Originally Posted by Kscott
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.