Hi everyone! This week we’ve teamed up with the lovely Ilana Green, writer of Green Piece of Mind. We must say, Ilana’s advice on keeping fit when you hate exercising is very timely; because whilst we love to be fit and healthy here at The Hive, this wintery weather is not helping when it comes to staying motivated. Read how to combat that right now and make this week a good un!
There are tons of brilliant healthy and fitness bloggers out there giving you tips for eating better, and how to keep moving. I am not one of those. Like most people, I’m happier watching Netflix and drinking a home-made cocktail. At school I detested PE lessons, and my worst nightmare would be going for a run; but as it becomes more important to think about our wellbeing and how to be healthy, I’ve started to figure out a few ways to make exercise a little less painful.
So here are my tips for those of you like me, who hate sports and movement, to keep fit and feel better!
1. Find the exercise for you
As with anything else, we all have different tastes. Some people can get up early in the morning and go to the gym, others prefer to relax all Monday to Friday and go crazy at the weekend. Enjoying exercise is all about fitting it into your lifestyle.
Try to find a class that works with your schedule, I used to do a yoga class weekly before I started 9-5 work. Yoga can sometimes feel like an hour long stretch, and it still counts! Now I’m hooked on spinning. I say hooked – I’ve been going once a week for two months, but it’s a start. Cycling in a dark room with loud music is just like going clubbing without the crowds of people, and you don’t have to worry about getting home at night after the last tube has gone.
If exercise classes are too much of a hassle, try going for a long walk in the park (weather dependent obviously), or look up some YouTube videos & apps. There are so many different variations and you can go at your own pace. Everything from dance classes to quick core blasts, if you want to stop, just pause the video, and you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own home.
2. Get some stylish Gym-wear
When you don’t like exercising, you don’t want to add extra effort to the task, but having colourful and stylish gym wear can brighten up something dull.
Go shopping (because carrying heavy bags if the same as lifting weights), and find exercise clothing in pretty patterns and colours that you CANNOT WAIT to wear. Having clothes that feel good, rather than a baggy t-shirt and tracksuit bottoms, can put you in the mood for a sweat session.
3. Bring a friend (or have a friend bring you)
Before I started the classes I currently attend, I had to be dragged to the gym by an exercise obsessed friend. Her routine didn’t work for me, but we used it as a way to keep each other going.
Trying out different classes together also helped me find the one that did work, and we used it as a way of socialising. Instead of going for a coffee to catch up with some friends, go to an exercise class together, or try walking for an hour. Pair up with someone that likes keeping fit to motivate you, or if you have a friend that hates this as much as you do, get through it together.
4. Reward yourself
If bringing a friend to the gym whilst wearing your new neon leggings doesn’t do the job, give yourself an incentive after every exercise session.
Make a delicious smoothie to refuel after the sweat. Blending up fresh fruit & veg with honey and water can feel like a treat, and it’s good for you too!
If you’re waking up early for a gym class on the weekend, go for brunch afterwards, earn your food, and it will taste so much better!
It can sometimes take a while to see the physical rewards of exercise, so until that happens, try to find other ways to feel the benefit. Plenty of the fitness influencers have challenges for you to follow – I once completed a ’30 days of yoga’ challenge, where a YouTube channel posted a different 20 minute yoga video every day for a month. 20 minutes a day is nothing, and following the videos to complete the challenge can prove to yourself that you can get through it.
5. Don’t worry
If you don’t find the right type of exercise for you, keep trying out different things. It takes time to fit something new into your routine, and if you feel like taking a break and picking it up tomorrow, listen to your body, but remember to get back on track and keep going.
You never know, you could end up loving extreme Hula Hooping.
So there we have it, my tips for trying to keep fit when you hate exercise. You won’t have a six-pack in minutes, but you might surprise yourself and find something you enjoy.
Thanks again Ilana! How do you all stay motivated to exercise? If anyone has any other tips that they’d like to share, please let us know.
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