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How to start exercising when you hate it

Updated: Nov 22, 2021


When we think of exercise, we think of a wet t-shirt contest with our shirts covered in sweat, impossible to sit down to drop a deuce, and the need of an inhaler to catch our breath. This might be fitness but it doesn’t have to be. Fitness is actually getting up and moving around. It’s some type of activity that you do. It doesn’t have to be super intense but you have to be active.

Changing your mindset and perspective of exercise is everything if you’re ever going to get over this hurdle with your health and fitness. Your fitness should be enjoyable and something that requires as little resistance as possible. The more resistance you create to your fitness routine the more unlikely you will be able to continue it.

Tip #1 - Small habits lead to big results

The easiest way to eat an elephant is bite by bite. You shouldn’t jump out and go full throttle from the start. You are destined to fail at some point. Start by making small changes in your everyday routine, whether that’s nutrition or physical activity.

Tip #2 - Create a schedule

Sit down and actually write out when you are going to exercise and how long you are

going to workout. This is a very important step in your journey. A lot of the time we have distractions that stir us off course with our routine. We have to make exercising a habit that we cannot deter from. So for example, set a time that you will workout for at least 3-5 days a week.

This schedule should be very detailed. If you leave wiggle room, things are bound to happen to get you off track. Stay the course and follow through with your commitments.

"Taking just an hour off of your busy schedule and working on your own health can do wonders for you." – Pooja Agnihotri

Tip #3 - Change your environment

Everything we do is influence by our environment. It's up to you change your environment to see and live the life that you want. If you are surrounded by people who constantly make unhealthy choices, you will make unhealthy choices.

Find yourself a group of people who you relate to with common interests and goals. This should become your gang or tribe. When you have a gang of people with the same goals you're more likely able to stick to your routines or goals.

Make sure everyone that is a part of your inner circle or gang is on board with whether it requires for you to see the desired results. That means everyone, mom, dad, kids, spouse, close friends, co-workers, literally everyone.

And if you have some squares and your circle, go ahead and cut them out of it as well. It only takes 2 crabs to stay in a container. The crabs will constantly pull at each other to hold the other one back to reaching the final goal. Let that marinate a little bit.

Tip #4 - Enjoy what you do

Remember when you were a kid and your mom would cook liver. Remember, how you sat at that table all night being determined that you were not going to eat that liver. And now as an adult you won’t eat liver or even be associated with a person who eats liver. It’s the same difference, you don’t enjoy it so you don’t do it.

When we enjoy something we are more likely to continuing doing that same thing. Maybe running isn’t your thing, so don’t run. Find something that you enjoy doing and do it often. That's the easiest way to get started with exercising. Life is about enjoyment not being miserable.

Tip #5 - Exercising is not your enemy, it's you ally

We have to stop looking at exercise as the devil or hell spawn. Exercise is for each of us. It’s not going to take away from things that you love. You have enough time to get it done. The things that you make time for is the things that you will become. So if you make time for being healthy, then you will become more healthy. The more you make it out to be the bad guy, the more you will hate to do it.

You want to know the real enemy? The real enemy is health conditions and illnesses that you could have prevented with proper nutrition and exercise. Make time for your health and wellness, it's going to buy you more time and also save your more money in the long run.

Conquer's Corner

Don't think you are abnormal or strange. It's absolutely normal to hate exercising, but it's super important that we do. You need to evaluate the benefits of exercising and how it helps with our daily lives. Find something that you enjoy doing and look forward to doing. That's going to make exercising so much easier for you.

If you need help with getting started with your fitness journey, download my ebook now. The ebook is called "From Couch to Fit". It has 10 workouts with 5 challenges that can be done from anywhere. It requires no equipment, just your bodyweight. And the work outs are 20 minutes or less. So it takes less time to do the work than your favorite TV show. So wha't's your excuse?

Download the ebook now. Click the link below to download.



Coach Que

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