What To Do When You Hate Exercising
After he got off work yesterday, Shawn brought home an amazing present for me… a bike!
I’ve been anticipating this to arrive for a couple of weeks and when it finally did, I was thrilled. I took it for a quick spin down the street to test it out and it was so much fun! All of a sudden I had these visions of biking with Shawn and the toned muscles that would come along with it. I felt the wind blowing in my hair and then I remembered last week.
A friend lent Shawn a bike for me to ride last week so out we went. I complained the whole time, my butt hurt like crazy, my thighs burned, we didn’t know where we were going and I stopped a few times just to be angry.
In light of that, I have a confession: I hate exercising. I know, I know… I should do it anyway, but it’s just so.dang.awful! I have tried everything from running to yoga to rock climbing to strength training and while I do some things for a period of time, I can’t get anything to stick. I am a professional quitter in this area and I’m not proud of it.
To be honest, this is actually really hard for me to admit. My whole life revolves around health and wellness and yet this is the one area that has been the most difficult. I eat amazingly well, I work out my mind, spirit and emotions every day, my relationships are good, my eduction is a joy… but exercise? Practically non-existant.
This has got to change! We all know the reasons why we should exercise. It could not be any more clear that this should be a non-negotiable in our lives. If I’ve learned anything recently, it’s if I should then I must.
I’m writing this post as a commitment:
1) I will change my story. I will no longer identify with the old tape that says “I hate exercise”. My new mantra must be, “I love to exercise. It gives me energy, health and vitality. I do it because it’s a joy and I feel amazing when I do.”
2) I will exercise. Oh gosh… I’m going to regret this one later. I commit to exercising a minimum of 3 days a week. I will use my bike and I will try new things until I find something that works for me.
3) I will push myself beyond my comfort zone and I will not give up. I will not do the minimum required, but I will challenge myself to go beyond what I believe it possible.
Who’s with me? I think that this moment can be the change, we just have to make a choice.
What is your favorite type of exercise? Are you in the same situation as I am? If so, how are you going to get over your road block? If you are successful, how did you overcome? Let me know your story in the comments below.
I choose to exercise and move my body for the sake of my health and happiness. What do you choose?