A lot of people hate exercise. I do – and I don’t. It depends.
It depends on what I’m doing and why I’m doing it.
A sure way to make me hate to exercise is to tell me I’m doing it for weight loss. I used to go to Curves – really enjoyed the circuit training; but could NOT stand all the diet and weight loss talk. Drove me nuts. And because of the nature of circuit training (you have audio cues of when to change machines and when to check your pulse), you can’t just put on your earphones and tune it out.
And if the form of exercise is something I don’t like to do (i.e., walking – I just don’t like walking for exercise), forget about it – it’s just not going to happen; at least not on any kind of regular basis. However, I recently had a blast spending a day at the Monterey Bay Aquarium – lots of walking – a full day of it. So I guess I don’t mind walking, I just need a different goal.
I do much better if my goal is to feel better, move better, become stronger and more flexible, as long as I’m doing something I enjoy (dancing, swimming, etc.)
But what works best for me is to exercise for one or more definite goals. Getting ready for an audition or show, learning a dance routine – bring it on.
And I have found a new goal that is working for me right now (at least) –having a clean(er) house. Heavy duty housework is exercise! Scrubbing floors, moving furniture, hauling boxes of stuff to take to Good Will. It makes you sweat, it gets your heart going – don’t tell me this isn’t exercise. So I’m getting stronger, more flexible and end up with a cleaner house (triple win)!
I keep falling for the proposition that exercise has to be something specific. It has to be something clearly recognized as exercise – and that’s nonsense. Exercise is whatever works for you, where you find it, and what you make of it.
You don’t have to join a gym or invest in special clothing or equipment. If you like that, go for it, but if you don’t have the funds, time or desire – find something else. Go rake your yard, give the shower a good scrubbing, – give your cat or dog a bath (that will make you sweat for sure!). Or not.
All I’m saying is people often think they don’t exercise – but they’re not looking at everything they do that is exercise. Movement is movement.