Who Says You Must Hate Exercise?

Do you like to exercise? Or is it a dreaded chore?

Why do you work out, assuming you do?

If you’re like most people, you do it to look and feel your best.

To keep your weight under control, or to lose weight.

All good reasons, to be sure.

But here’s a novel idea for you. How about exercising for the pure joy of it?

What If You Hate Exercise?

Exercise, to most of us, means lifting weights, doing endless jumping jacks, or squats, lunges, and overhead presses.

And yes, they are exercise. That’s true.

Some people love these activities, in fact.

But for many of us, the thought of doing them day and day out makes us want to gag.

We don’t look forward to it. We have to force ourselves to do it.

And what happens then? I think we all know the answer to that one.

We quit.

We find excuses. We rationalize.

Until eventually we’re a couch potato.

If you fall into this group, what you need is to find your exercise bliss.

Is It Possible To Love Exercise?

Traditional exercise is, well, boring.

True, we might feel great after we’re done, but if it’s always a struggle to get started, sooner or later you’ll stop.

And then you’ll feel guilty and unhappy about that. You’ll feel like a quitter.

Ugh!

An exercise attitude adjustment is just what you need.

You need to find an exercise routine that you enjoy. That you look forward to doing.

What Did You Love Doing As a Kid?

Think back to your childhood. Did you consider the playtime and fun you had with your friends to be exercise?

Did the word exercise even enter your head?

No. You were having fun. You were playing with your friends.

You rode your bike and reveled in the feel of the wind blowing your hair. Maybe you pretended your bike was really a horse, galloping through the fields.

Or was kickball a game you loved? Or softball?

Not exercise at all. It was playtime. Pure and simple.

Remember?

Exercise Or Fun – You Don’t Have To Chose

Well, guess what? You can feel that way again.

You can just move, and have a good time doing it.

Do you have a bike gathering cobwebs? Dust it off and take it for a spin.

Love to run like the wind? Lace up those running shoes and hit the road.

Miss those games of softball or kickball? Round up some friends and head for the park. Or your own backyard.

Nobody available? No worries. Kick a ball around the yard yourself.

The point is to get moving. Moving burns calories. Moving makes you feel alive.

There are lots of ways to move. Think outside the box.

Be A Kid Again.

If you’ve forgotten how to act like a child, see if any of these ideas jog your memory.

Get back on the bike.

Dust your bike off and take it for a short ride around the block. Don’t worry if you haven’t ridden in a while. You’ll be surprised how quickly it’ll come back to you.

Before long, you may find yourself getting on that bike more and more, riding further and further.

Imagine the possibilities!

Lace up your running shoes.

Not everyone loves running, but for those who do, it’s one of the best ways to blast yourself out of a bad mood and feel exhilarated. 

If you’ve seen my posts on Facebook, and follow me at all, you know that I’m always running in a marathon somewhere. Or I’m running to train for the next one.

And I get to run in fantastic places too. Like Disney World. And even around my neighborhood.

It’s great to feel the wind on my face and enjoy the outdoors, no matter where I run.

Give it a try. It might turn into your soulmate workout.

Join a softball or basketball team.

I’m not telling you to try out for the Lakers or the Dodgers.

Small neighborhood teams are an excellent way to enjoy hours of exercise fun.

Spending time with friends, or making brand new ones, is a great perk of team sports.

Remember that jump rope or hula hoop?

Remember how much fun it was to jump rope as a kid? Or play with a hula hoop?

Did it feel like exercise? Of course not.

Many professional athletes jump rope as part of their training, so obviously it has tremendous fitness benefits.

And what works your core more efficiently than a hula hoop?

When Did We Start Thinking Of Exercise As Drudgery?

Now, it’s true that some people love traditional forms of exercise.

They enjoy their cardio workouts at home or the gym. They like lifting heavy weights.

If you’re one of those, lucky you! You probably don’t struggle to fit exercise into your day.

But if you aren’t, try remembering what you loved to do as a child.

Who says you have to do adult exercise?

Go ahead. Be a kid again.

Get out your bike.

Kick a ball around the yard.

Play handball.

Buy a hula hoop.

Find your exercise bliss.

And never exercise again.

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