Don’t Enjoy Exercise!!!

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Don’t enjoy Exercise

According to recent findings by the NHS, many people come to think that they dislike any sort of exercise, by looking back in their past experience[1]. For example an adult might look back in his or her school days and was always unwilling to participate in school sports. The NHS also finds that those who don’t exercise for a number of years, tend to view themselves as not the athletic or sporty person[2]. However the NHS makes a valid point when it says that “there are many ways of being active, and it is just the case of finding something you enjoy”[3]. There are many sporting/ exercising activities out there you just need to find the time to look for one that you would enjoy the most.

Personally from my school days I never really enjoyed participating in sports. Yes I enjoyed playing football, but never really enjoyed it in school because I found that only my school mates who were good at sports would play with each other during P.E sessions. There were some people like me in a P.E session who might only get the ball once or twice because only the ones good at football would play with each other and not include those who were not as good. I also remember that I would pull out in many athletic P.E sessions such as running because my self – esteem was low and I was not motivated enough. However I found after Comprehensive school I had a little more independence, and in my spare time I decided to take part in football, running and the gym. For four years I have been doing this and now I thoroughly enjoy exercise. My confidence in participating in exercise is much higher than it was before. For me personally having a goal during an exercise or a sporting event makes me enjoy it more, because it’s more fun and challenging. E.g. running for a certain amount of time or looking to score a goal during a football match.

It is true that there will be some people who enjoy exercise/sports more than others. Personally I believe that there is something enjoyable out there for everyone to get involved in exercise.

According to a wealth website, called Lifehack there are 12 ways in which you can overcome your perception of not enjoying exercise.[4]

1.Make it a habit – “Many people don’t like to exercise because of the thought of it”[5]. Many people might ask themselves when can I exercise? How much exercise should I do?, Am I willing to do enough exercise for the day? “If you plan your exercise sessions In a routine, e.g 3 – 4 times a week, you think less of the anxieties that come with exercise and be able to enjoy it more”[6]. Of course if you follow this routine or habit for a certain amount of time it gets easier.

2.Get a Partner to go with you[7]– Having a partner alongside you can make physical exercise less stressful and help to increase motivation. Ideally you should find a partner who socializes but also enjoys to exercise. If on a certain day you don’t feel motivated enough to exercise, someone can spurn you on to get motivated[8]. That’s why some people get personal trainers in gyms etc.

3.Make exercise a challenge[9] – Human beings like a challenge, so it is important to put this attitude in your daily exercise. “Try to avoid pushing yourself too hard but at the same time don’t do a limited amount of exercise that you’re capable of”[10]. Try to find a balance, exercise where you are pushing yourself to try and overcome your challenge, but don’t end up being unable to walk. “Challenge is key to enjoyment”[11]

4.Set Goals in your exercise[12]. Set goals gradually through your time period of exercise. E.g if you are able to jog for a mile quite easily, set your goal higher to 1.6 – 2 miles. This will help you to see exercise as a game more than a chore, always trying to improve yourself in whatever physical activity you are taking part in[13].Pick someone who is committed to their health[14]. Not only can you socialize with someone while you’re there, but you’ll have a backup in case your motivation alone isn’t enough to drag yourself out there[15].

5.Get past your comfort zone[16] – Many people feel self conscious when attending the gym or engage in physical activity[17] . Of course this can prevent you from enjoying exercise. The best thing to overcome self – consciousness is to keep doing exercise, because eventually you will get used to it and it will no longer be a strain on you[18]. When you continue to show up, you’ll pay less attention to the people around you and more to your workout[19].

6.Allow yourself to experiment[20] – Doing the same routine in any sort of physical activity whether it is sports, running, or the gym it can get boring. “Mix it up and try something different”[21]. There are many different exercise routines you can follow or activities to try[22]. Assuming that routine exercise is limited can prevent you from finding something that you actually enjoy[23].

7.Listening to music[24] – Putting a tune on while exercising, can make feel more pumped and less strenuous[25].

8.Short Workouts[26] – Many people feel they don’t have the time or enthusiasm to participate in long periods of exercise[27]. A workout can be as short as you want it, as long as you increase the intensity of that workout[28]. Just go for twenty or thirty minutes. Shorter workouts can be better than longer ones if the intensity is higher and you then become more focused as a result[29]. Don’t feel that only a good exercise requires a long workout. Like most things in life it’s about quality not quantity. In fact “recent findings have shown exercising for a long period of time, can reduce your fitness”[30]

9.Reward yourself Showing Up, Not Weight Loss[31] – Some people have gotten the idea that they should reward themselves for losing weight or gaining muscle[32]. Instead, you should reward yourself showing up to the gym and exercising regularly[33]. There are many ways you can lose or gain weight in unhealthy fashions[34]. Recording weight loss or muscle gain is a good idea but identifying personal gains in the improvement of fitness rather than weight loss or muscle gain is way more beneficial to your personal well being[35].   Exercising regularly shows your commitment to your health[36] and setting a good example to others, “that’s what you should reward yourself for”[37].

10.Make Exercise Your Stress Relief[38] Many people who engage in physical activity do it so that they can relieve their stress[39]. For example someone might have had a frustrating day, but decide to exercise to lower their stress levels even though it wasn’t on his/her schedule[40]. A decent workout makes you feel better by the building up of endorphins in your body. Yes having a stressful day can be a reason not to exercise, by wanting to put your feet up to relax. However if you have enough will power to start an exercise, you will be far better off mentally, compared to just relaxing on the couch[41].

11.Record Improvements[42] – Again I recommend recording fitness over body improvements. Recording weight loss or muscle gain is a good idea, but because of the way your metabolism functions it becomes increasingly harder to make weight changes as you go to the gym/training more regularly[43]. But fitness improvements can, if you work on it, continue to rise[44]. Keep a record of your strength, endurance and flexibility so you can get pride in your accomplishments[45].

12.Find somewhere in your schedule to exercise[46] – I. Exercise improves your energy levels[47] and it is important to exercise so whatever limited spare time you have in your week, do it!! It just requires a bit of planning to begin with, “perhaps if you have a full time job, wake up a bit earlier in the morning or do a 30 – 40 min exercise after work before functioning down”[48]. Exercise improves your energy levels and mood which makes you more productive than any time lost[49].Once you make time and make it a habit, you’ll actually want to exercise instead of just feeling you should.

 I think the trick to overcome your negative feelings of exercise is to stick with it. To begin with you might feel unmotivated, bored, anxious to partcipate in exercise. However in my personal experience, it gets easier as time goes by. I just needed that little bit of patience to thoroughly enjoy exercise.

[1] Author from the NHS, Overcoming the barriers to exercise (2012), pp. 1.

http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/c25k/pages/over-coming-the-barriers-to-exercise.aspx.

[2] Author from the NHS, Overcoming the barriers to exercise (2012), pp.1.

http://www.nhs.co.uk/livewell/c25k/pages/over-coming-the-barriers-to-exercise.aspx.

[3] Author from the NHS, Overcoming the barriers to exercise (2012), pp.1.

http://www.nhs.co.uk/livewell/c25k/pages/over-coming-the-barriers-to-exercise.aspx.

[4] Scott H Young, 13 Tips To Actually Enjoy Exercising(2013), pp.1.

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifehack/13tips-to-actually-enjoy-exercising-htmI

[5] Scott H Young, 13 Tips To Actually Enjoy Exercising (2013), pp.1.

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifehack/13tips-to-actually-enjoy-exercising-htmI

[6] Scott H Young, 13 Tips To Actually Enjoy Exercising (2013), pp.1.

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifehack/13tips-to-actually-enjoy-exercising-htmI

[7] Scott H Young, 13 Tips To Actually Enjoy Exercising (2013), pp.1.

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifehack/13tips-to-actually-enjoy-exercising-htmI

[8] Scott H Young, 13 Tips To Actually Enjoy Exercising (2013), pp.1.

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifehack/13tips-to-actually-enjoy-exercising.htmI

[9] Scott H Young, 13 Tips To Actually Enjoy Exercising (2013), pp.1.

http://www.lifehack.org./articles/lifehack/13tips-to-actually-enjoy-exercising.htmI

[10] Scott H Young, 13 Tips To Actually Enjoy Exercising (2013), pp.1.

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifehack/13tips-to-actually-enjoy-exercising.htmI

[11] Scott H Young, 13 Tips To Actually Enjoy Exercising (2013), pp.1.

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifehack/13tips-to-actually-enjoy-exercising.htmI

[12] Scott H Young,13 Tips To Actually Enjoy Exercising (2013), pp.1.

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifehack/13tips-to-actually-enjoy-exercising.htmI

[13] Scott H Young, 13 Tips To Actually Enjoy Exercising (2013),pp.1.

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifehack/13tips-to-actually-enjoy-exercising.htmI

[14] Scott H Young, 13 Tips To Actually Enjoy Exercising (2013), pp.1.

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifehack/13tips-to-actually-enjoy-exercising.htmI

[15] Scott H Young, 13 Tips To Actually Enjoy Exercising (2013),pp.1.

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifehack/13tips-to-actually-enjoy-exercising

[16] Scott H Young, 13 Tips To Actually Enjoy Exercising (2013),pp.1

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifehack/13tips-to-actually-enjoy-exercising

[17] Scott H Young, 13 Tips To Actually Enjoy Exercising (2013),pp.1

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[18] Scott H Young, 13 Tips To Actually Enjoy Exercising (2013),pp.1

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifehack/13tips-to-actually-enjoy-exercising

[19] Scott H Young, 13 Tips To Actually Enjoy Exercising (2013),pp.1

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifehack/13tips-to-actually-enjoy-exercising

[20] Scott H Young, 13 Tips To Actually Enjoy Exercising (2013),pp.1

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifehack/13tips-to-actually-enjoy-exercising

[21] Scott H Young, 13 Tips To Actually Enjoy Exercising (2013),pp.1

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifehack/13tips-to-actually-enjoy-exercising

[22] Scott H Young, 13 Tips To Actually Enjoy Exercising (2013),pp.1

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[23] Scott H Young, 13 Tips To Actually Enjoy Exercising (2013),pp.1

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[24] Scott H Young,13 Tips To Actually Enjoy Exercising (2013),pp.1

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[25] Scott H Young, 13 Tips To Actually Enjoy Exercising (2013),pp.1

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[26] Scott H Young, 13 Tips To Actually Enjoy Exercising (2013),pp.1

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[27] Scott H Young, 13 Tips To Actually Enjoy Exercising (2013), pp.1

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifehack/13tips-to-actually-enjoy-exercising.htmI

[28] Scott H Young, 13 Tips To Actually Enjoy Exercising (2013),pp.1

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[29] Scott H Young, 13 Tips To Actually Enjoy Exercising (2013),pp.1

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[30] Scott H Young,13 Tips To Actually Enjoy Exercising (2013),pp.1

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[31] Scott H Young, 13 Tips To Actually Enjoy Exercisng (2013),pp.1

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[32] Scott H Young, 13 Tips To Actually Enjoy Exercising (2013),pp.1

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[33] Scott H Young, 13 Tips To Actually Enjoy Exercising (2013),pp.1

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifehack/13tips-to-actually-enjoy-exercising.htmI

[34] Scott H Young, 13 Tips To Actually Enjoy Exercising (2013),pp.1

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[35] Scott H Young, 13 Tips To Actually Enjoy Exercising (2013),pp.1

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[36] Scott H Young, 13 Tips To Actually Enjoy Exercising (2013),pp.1

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[37] Scott H Young, 13 Tips To Actually Enjoy Exercising (2013),pp.1

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[38] Scott H Young, 13 Tips To Actually Enjoy Exercising (2013).pp.1

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[39] Scott H Young, 13 Tips To Actually Enjoy Exercising (2013),pp.1 (2013),pp.1http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifehack/13tips-to-actually-enjoy-exercising.htmI

[40] Scott H Young,13 Tips To Actually Enjoy Exercising (2013),pp.1

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[41] Scott H Young, 13 Tips To Actually Enjoy Exercising (2013),pp.1

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[42] Scott H Young, 13 Tips To Actually Enjoy Exercising (2013),pp.1

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[43] Scott H Young, 13 Tips To Actually Enjoy Exercising (2013),pp.1

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[44] Scott H Young, 13 Tips To Actually Enjoy Exercising (2013),pp.1

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[45] Scott H Young, 13 Tips To Actually Enjoy Exercising (2013),pp.1

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[46] Scott H Young, 13 Tips To Actually Enjoy Exercising (2013),pp.1

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifehack/13tips-to-actually-enjoy-exercising.htmI

[47] Scott H Young, 13 Tips To Actually Enjoy Exercising (2013),pp.1

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifehack/13tips-to-actually-enjoy-exercising.htmI

[48] Scott H Young,13 Tips To Actually Enjoy Exercising (2013),pp.1

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifehack/13tips-to-actually-enjoy-exercising.htmI

[49] Scott H Young, 13 Tips To Actually Enjoy Exercising (2013),pp.1

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifehack/13tips-to-actually-enjoy-exercising.htmI

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