Why can I not be one of those people who love exercise?

I don’t hate it…I just don’t love it.
I can go through fazes. Occasionally I will have the urge to work out, when I do I really enjoy it and feel all proud of myself afterwards. But this doesn’t happen often enough.
Whatever exercise I am doing I usually enjoy it once I have gotten started, but there is always something which stops me starting. It’s cold, it’s raining, I don’t want to have to wash my hair again today! I just don’t understand why I always find a reason not to.

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Last year, me and my friend decided we were going to get into running and would run the Birmingham Half Marathon. We did start running and I loved it for a while and seeing how much we were improving was ace. Then for whatever reason, we didn’t run for a few weeks but because we had signed up for the Half Marathon and had already raised lots of money we had to carry on. This is when the running become a chore. The enjoyment was gone and worst of all we stopped pushing ourselves and stopped improving. We did run the Half Marathon and we were happy to have raised so much for our charity and I was proud of myself for doing it…but I didn’t enjoy it and I have barely ran since.
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My Slimming World Body Magic Booklet

Now I am following Slimming World you are encouraged to exercise to aid your weight loss. It can be relatively easy exercise like walking about a bit at lunch time or walking the dog (if you have one, I don’t). So I have been trying to encourage myself to exercise more but I can’t find the motivation at all. I have been doing Slimming world for 7 weeks and for most of those weeks I have done 1 bit of exercise. The most has been 3.
I have been to the gym, I have been jogging and I have completed the 30 day shred DVD at home. Again I have quite enjoyed it while I was doing it and felt great after…but the next day I still can’t be bothered to do it again.
Sometime, I imagine myself jogging along listening to my music – and looking think because its in my head – and I think it would actually feel great to go for a run now…but this is usually while I am driving to work or something and therefore can not go for that run after all. Fast Forward to the next morning and I have set my alarm extra early to run before work. It rings. I tell it to snooze. It rings again. I tell it to snooze. It rings again. My BF tells me to turn it off it’s too early. I turn it off…I don’t get up though. I don’t want to run.

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So if any of you are currently exercising frequently – but it isn’t your favourite thing to do – how do you find the motivation?
**After writing the draft of this post I went along to my slimming world group and the Image Therapy was all about including some exercise in your day. We even did fun ‘armchair’ exercises together. This started to inspire me and I became determined to actually do some exercise today. I knew if I left it until after work I would be tired and probably grumpy and very unmotivated again so I set my alarm for early. The alarm rang and I did snooze. But I didn’t fall back to sleep, instead I listened to wind outside and decided that was enough reason not to go for a run…but that didn’t stop me all together! Up I got into my sports bra and ‘work out gear’, dragged myself downstairs and put 30 day shred in the DVD player. And away I went. Very happy I did it today…so how can I make myself do this more regularly?
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I will try and mix up my exercise between DVD’s, running and gym as I think getting bored will just be another reason to do nothing.
I would love to know what exercise you do (if any) and how you find the motivation to keep going!

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5 Responses to Why can I not be one of those people who love exercise?

  1. LadyPennyworth May 2, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

    I used to say i wish it was one addiction i could have…not to chocolate or the sofa, but to getting up and going for a run before work. No joy :(

    • Sarah May 2, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

      Amazingly I did go for a little jog this morning before work! It’s rare though…I am definitely more addicted to Chocolate than running!

  2. Cybèle May 8, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    Like you I’m very good at coming up with excuses not to exercise. Too tired. Too cold. Too windy. Too busy. Then I found someone on Pinterest who looked really good and she was interviewed and they asked her how she kept motivated. She said that she has that voice in her head too (‘I don’t feel like going…’) but to ignore it. And I thought, she’s right. Since then I’ve managed to fit in exercise most evenings – I have two evenings a week off, but on the other evenings (or daytime at the weekend) I make sure I do something. And I may stand in front of that telly and think ‘I really cannot be bothered to do this whole DVD again’ but then I tell myself how good I feel afterwards – and you know what, every time I’ve done it, I feel glad I bothered. I’ve really started to notice a difference in my body now, even my legs, which have always been like jelly, are becoming more toned.
    The key is as well to keep it varied. I love cycling and walking, but sometimes I haven’t got time for that, so I have 4 fitness DVDs (the 10 minute solution ones are good, they’re not expensive on Amazon and there’s loads of them, and you can do as much or as little as you like) that I rotate every week. By the time I get back to the first one, after 4 weeks, I’ve forgotten some of the moves so it’s all ‘exciting’ again.
    It’ll never be a hobby but I’m almost as addicted to endorphins (nothing better than those!) as I am to chocolate 😉 Hope this helps a little…

    • Sarah May 8, 2013 at 1:01 pm #

      Thank you so much for your comment. You are right! I do need to keep it varied. And ignore that voice in my head. There’s a book called run fat bitch run and that’s about finding the other voice that’s tells you just to get on with it or stop moaning! Just need to put all this in practice now. My sister has loads of Dvd’s so I will borrow some of hers! :)

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