How to Stay Motivated When You Hate Working Out
When it comes to sticking to an exercise routine, many people hate working out. They absolutely resent going to the gym.
They hate feeling like they’re stuck in a smelly room with people who are dripping with sweat. They hate the monotony of doing the same thing over and over again. And they hate not seeing results quickly enough.
If this sounds like you, don’t worry! You can still stay motivated and have a positive attitude when you hate working out. This blog post will discuss some tips that will help you do just that!
Pain Point: ” I want to work out but I hate the gym”
Solution: Incorporate at-home workouts
One of my literal lifesavers when it comes to working out has been finding at-home workouts that I can do in my living room. I bought fitness equipment and I created a little “gym” in one of the rooms in my home.
I don’t have to leave my house, I don’t have to deal with other people, and I can take breaks whenever I want. If you hate the gym because of the commute, the crowds, or anything else, grab a Barre3 subscription, workout apps that are 10-45 mins long, or other mindful workouts to do at home!
I highly recommend this for anyone who hates going to the gym! It’s so much more convenient and you can work out on your own time.
Pain Point: ” I need to lose weight but I hate exercise.”
Solution: Set small, achievable goals. Focus on nutrition more.
When it comes to weight loss, starting small and setting realistic goals for yourself is key. Trying to lose 20 pounds in a month is not only unrealistic, but it’s also unhealthy.
Instead, focus on losing one to two pounds per week. This may not seem like much, but it adds up over time! And as you start to see results, you’ll be more motivated to keep going.
Another way to stay motivated when trying to lose weight is by setting non-scale victories (NSVs). This could be anything from fitting into a pair of jeans that you haven’t been able to wear in years to being able to run a mile without stopping.
When it comes to hating exercise, try directing your attention to what nutritional needs you should consider helping aid weight loss. This could be adding more protein to your diet, eating more produce, or drinking more water.
Focusing on what you need to do nutritionally will help take the focus off of exercise and make it seem less daunting.
Pain Point: “I hate working out at home.”
Solution: Become a member at a studio
If you hate working out at home, then become a member at a studio! This could be anything from cycling, yoga, pilates, or dance studio.
This way, you can get out of the house, try something new, and meet some like-minded people. One of the best decisions I made was when I became a member at Barre3.
I love working out at home, but there are days when I just need to get out of the house. And on those days, I know that I can go to Barre3 and have an amazing workout.
So if you hate working out at home, find a studio near you. You would be surprised what niche style workouts are available in most areas.
Pain Point: “I don’t like working out. What are some workouts for people who hate working out?”
Solution: Low-Impact Workouts
Committing to high-intensity workouts is not only intimidating but can also be really tough on your body–especially if you’re starting from a sedentary lifestyle.
Instead, focus on finding workouts that are low-impact that yield similar results. These could be things like walking, dancing, swimming, yoga, cycling, or pilates.
As a certified Pilates instructor, there are so many benefits to mat Pilates that make it a great workout for people who hate working out. It’s low impact, can be done at home or in a studio, and is a great workout for beginners.
Dance is another great alternative. As a dance instructor and performer, I can tell you that dancing is a great workout for people of all levels. You can find dance classes in your area or take some online-yes, there are some incredible classes found online.
The best part about low-impact workouts is that they can be modified to your fitness level. Be intentional with locating workouts that you actually enjoy doing. And once you find something that you like, it doesn’t feel like working out anymore.
Pain Point: “How to be fit without working out?”
Solution: I know it sucks but you need to focus on your both diet and exercise.
According to a Healthline article written by a registered dietitian, it’s strongly suggested to eat unprocessed, anti-inflammatory foods consisting of whole produce and lean protein. Paired with a healthy diet, incorporating 150 minutes of exercise a week is the magic number for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
No matter how you try to avoid it, working out is essential if you want to get stronger. I hate running with a passion but I’ve replaced it with cycling-a low impact cardio that I actually enjoy.
Some examples of aerobic exercises to consider would be swimming, brisk walking, running or cycling. As for strength training, think about things like lifting weights and using resistance bands.
It’s also important to focus on your mental health. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep, managing stress, and taking time for yourself. Self-care is just as important as diet and exercise when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
How Working Out Changed My Life
I would make every excuse in the book as to why I couldn’t go to the gym or go take a class. I was too tired, I didn’t have time, it was raining outside-you name it, I’ve used it.
But then I realized that if I wanted to see results, I had to put in the work. And so I made a commitment to myself to go to engage in exercise four times a week.
There was a mental block at first because I thought being a dancer was all I needed to stay fit for the rest of my life but I knew changing up my routine to incorporate exercise outside of dance would make me even stronger.
One week turned into a month and eventually, it became a part of my daily routine. I started to see results both physically and mentally. I had more energy, I felt stronger, and I was in a better mood. It turns out that working out wasn’t so bad after all.
If you can currently relate to disliking routine like I used to, try some of the tips I’ve provided in this blog post. And remember, it’s all about baby steps. Just commit to doing something-anything-and go from there. Trust me, it’ll be worth it in the end.
What are some of the things you hate about working out? Let me know in the comments below! And if you have any tips on how to stay motivated, I’m all ears. 🙂