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Dreading exercise...

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Do you ever dread exercising? Do you find excuses not to exercise? Does your exercise bore you? Do you feel lazy because you are not able to do what other people are doing?



Society has ingrained it in our minds to look at exercise as something we have to do instead we should be grateful because we can exercise to stay healthy. We should never look at exercise as though it is something we just have to endure instead make it because you love yourself and want to be the best and healthiest you can be.



Healthy living is a skill you can improve at. It is not something you can just wake up one day and do it. Instead of focusing on feeling undisciplined or guilty about yourself we should be focusing on what caused you to slip up and build on that.

Take an architect for example... Lets say Shawn wants to build a new high rise shopping center. He knows what he wants and tells the architect his ideas. The architect takes those ideas and designs a plan for the shopping center. He presents it to Shawn. Shawn says this is not at all what I want and throws the plans in the trash. Does the architect give up? Does he just walk away? No! He goes back to the drawing board, works with what he has and begins again. Just like the architect who has had years of training and experience we can not expect to go in untrained and be able to do everything at once. We need to look at exercise as a skill. One that we can build on. Make it something you love or enjoy doing. Say you love dancing for example. You could get into Zumba or maybe make your own routine to your favorite music. It does not have to be somebody elses idea of what you should be able to do. Make it about you!
I love country music and I love to line dance. So why not put on some country music with a good beat and line dance right here in my own living room? You do not have to go to the gym. You do not have to do traditional push ups. So you want to do some strength training ? But you do not want to have to buy a bunch of weights, use some cans from your kitchen to start out with.Then when you have sharpened that skill and ready to move on buy one set of weights at a time and work on those until you master them and go from there. You do not have to start lifting a 50 lb barbell just because that is what your neighbor does. Do what feels right to you! Just start moving. If you want something you know you will stick with make it enjoyable. It just takes making that first step. The rest will follow.

Well that is it from me today...

God bless you and keep you on your journey! Have a fabulous day!
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  • HEALTHYANDFIT27
    I refer to it as physical activity! I love it! I am grateful that I can engage in it!

    A great blog! Thanks for the reminder!
    1568 days ago
  • SKYDRAKE
    I wish I could love exercise. I think it stems from my youth. I was always last picked at recess because I wasn't very good at sports. Turns out I have really poor depth perception so couldn't tell how close or far a ball was. I know. Excuses excuses excuses.
    1571 days ago
  • no profile photo CD17462428
    I like to refer to it as fitness time. Takes all the old connotations of 'exercise' away for me.
    Good Article, thanks!
    1571 days ago
  • HAYBURNER1969
    Great advice!
    1571 days ago
  • CHERIRIDDELL
    I do my best with my arthritis and injuries but I never quit
    1571 days ago
  • BJAEGER307
    You are so right Barb. Exercise comes in many forms. I try and add a form of exercise in everything I do. Especially on the days I don't want to or want to go out. Lunges while running the vacuum. Stretches while making the bed in the morning. I just try and keep moving and I'm grateful to be able to move.

    I feel the more fun you have with movement (exercise) the more you do. So here's to movement in any form or type.
    1571 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    I USED to dread exercise. BUT then I focused on how I feel after I exercise . . . good! This is a great blog reminding us that there's many ways to get our exercise in.
    1572 days ago
  • SPARKFRAN514
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    I was having problems with the word exercise and exercise i changed the words work out to fitness time exercise to fun time and its work for me so far some i don't answer the call of the gym. but i walk do the spark videos. also need to get minutes for the to challenge teams i am doing. thanks for the great blog emoticon .
    1572 days ago
  • BLUEJAY1969
    Great Blog! I used to dread exercise because I was trying to do things my body wasn't in shape to do. I would always end up injuring myself and by the time I healed I didn't want to do it again. This time around I did chair exercise and fell in love with it! I get a great workout and yet I don't injure myself or have to quit 5 minutes in because my back won't hold up! Before I backslid, I had even started doing some walking with a Leslie Sansone DVD! I'm very excited fi\or my foot to heal enough so I can get back to chair exercising!
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  • ELENABIS
    Before the baby I enjoy exerciseing and loves it was me time. But now after baby I dread it.I can't seem to find a workout that I don't hurt and will do routeinly not sure if that a word but I am starting to enjoy my walking but still make excuses.
    1572 days ago
  • _LINDA
    I have always loved exercising. The only part I dread is what my deteriorating condition will lead me to not being able to do anymore. I always loved martial arts and took it in my 20's during a period of remission of RA. But the disease came steam rolling back, this time affecting every joint in my body and that was the end of that. Next was paintball. I had bad knees so I played defense and was quite good at it. So much fun. Another ramp up of my disease and multiple joint surgeries kiboshed that fun. But I do love exercise and found other things I could do, like the elliptical -bad knees didn't affect my ability to use it. I discovered a love of Zumba when I started going to fitness classes -I tried all kinds, some that I had to give up when I could no longer get up and down from the floor. Now restricted from ST with a badly damaged right arm and limited on my left, I do what ever the surgeons allow. I still take fitness classes, all cardio and some walk & sculpt class. It may look strange only lifting on one side but that is what I can do. Its always about what can I do now. Movement really does lower the pain besides being good for you..
    Never give up, never give in.
    When one door closes, I kick another one open.
    My mantras!
    1572 days ago
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  • NANAGRIFFIN2
    I dread exercising but I'm looking at different ways to workout and actually enjoy it. I had ready incorporated in while playing with my grandson.
    1572 days ago
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