If you find yourself saying this, you’re not alone. Many, many people hate exercise. Yes, hate is a strong word but it’s the right word here. They hate to sweat, they hate the aches, and they just hate it all.
All too often, the people who hate exercise the most are the ones who need it most. We live in an age where people have very short attention spans and constantly need to be entertained. We’re always on our smartphones looking at YouTube videos, spying on others on Facebook or just doing something or another to amuse ourselves.
So, exercise is right down on the list of things to get done.
When you embark on a weight loss program, exercise is crucial to shedding the pounds. Even those who do not want to lose weight, should be exercising on a daily basis.
So what do you do if you hate to exercise? What do you do if it gets boring?
This article is going to keep it real. For those trying to lose weight and get in shape, you will have to do cardio sessions and resistance training. Now, resistance training is more or less fixed. Either you will be using weights, kettle bells, bands, bodyweight or other contraptions that simulate resistance.
If you do not like any of these methods, tough luck. You will still have to do them to build muscle. Even if you are a woman, you should be doing resistance training to tone your muscles and be lean. Do not worry. You will not become muscle bound. Men have a tough enough time building muscle as it is. With lower testosterone levels, it’s much harder for women to become all muscly.
So, resistance training is a must. Yes, your muscles will ache. Yes, you will struggle and pant and groan as you face the resistance. But, this is what it takes.
Use techno music or heavy metal or whatever music you like to perk you up. Change your music whenever it stops motivating you to go all out. Record your progress and always try to beat your own records. Get a training partner who has a sense of humour and insults your ass if you slack off. These are some of the things you could do to alleviate the boredom.
As for cardio you have a whole range of choices from cycling, rowing, skipping, running, kickboxing, Zumba, etc. Cardio sessions can be fun if you just find out what you like doing. Ask your local gym what group classes they have for cardio. Join one that looks fun.
However, if you really want to lose weight as soon as possible, guess what? You gotta go hardcore. Interval sprinting or rowing at high speeds or spinning. These are monotonous and will knock the breath out of you. There is no fun in high intensity cardio. You will be gasping for air and cursing. But it is one of the most effective ways of burning fat.
The fat burning effects will last for hours! One of the fastest ways of losing weight.
In life there is a trade-off. A healthy, beautiful body comes at a price. That price could be exercising even when you hate it or sacrificing more enjoyable activities to exercise. It all depends on how bad you want it. If you truly want to shed the pounds, you will do what it takes.