I absolutely hate exercising. The sweating is especially horrible in my opinion. I know exercise is good for our bodies, and sweating is good, but I just can’t get past how much I dislike it.
I know there are other Moms out there who also hate exercising. It’s always nice knowing you aren’t alone.
Although we have this strong feeling toward exercise, we also know how important it is. I worry about old age.
Because I never exercise I see myself as a weak and frail senior.
I can’t imagine not being able to grip a phone or wipe my own butt (sorry TMI, but seriously it might happen).
It is because of these worries and fears that I decided to take small steps to better my physical health. I googled my little heart out and found a few ways to incorporate physical activity into every day so that I could keep and even grow in strength.
I’ll share my finding below so you can give them a try to:
5 Exercises if You Hate Exercising
Give these activities a try if your anti-exercise like me:
Yes, housework actually burns calories. Dusting, changing sheets and taking out the trash are all activities you would normally do which is awesome. Heavier chores like sweeping, mopping, scrubbing tubs burn more calories than the lighter chores while yard work usually burns the most. Pretty cool right?!
My new go-to is walking. Walking is a peaceful experience and actually counts for a self-care activity if you enjoy it. I like to choose a pretty trail if time and care for my kids allow it. But, there are so many options from, indoor tracks, to a treadmill walk at a gym.
You can make your walk as light or intense as your comfortable with. Just be sure to walk fast enough, that if you were holding a conversation, you might be slightly out of breath. Walking burns calories as well as builds cardiovascular endurance.
Got a bike? Bike rides bring me back to my childhood. Bike rides are fun and help to tone muscles. You can go on a family bike ride and strengthen your legs along the way while also burning a great number of calories. Don’t forget your helmet.
Yoga can also be light or intense depending on the type. I prefer the slower style yoga sessions because I think sweating sucks. Practicing yoga builds core muscles while also helping you maintain range of motion and flexibility. There are so many different styles of yoga, and a lot of town districts have classes available for all age ranges. Check your town district or local studios for available classes near you.
If you like swimming it is a great way to get your heart pumping. Swimming increases cardiovascular endurance, build strength and also puts zero stress on your joints. Being in the water can give us a relaxed and serene feeling, which I love. Go swimming to get a full body work out with a stress relief kicker. Oh Yeah, also no sweating… Perfect!
Looking to The Future
Growing older can be scary if we think about how our bodies change and how we could lose the ability to do things we can do now so effortlessly. My grandma has to walk up stairs backward because walking up the regular way kills her knees. I feel my own joints pop here and there when I walk upstairs, and it scares me.
I know that if I don’t take action now, while I still can, I’ll be regretting it until the day I die. So here I am going on short walks, standing up more than I sit & stretching my muscles when I feel a tightness.
I hope that my endurance will grow and that I will continue to enjoy exercising even as I up the intensity.
Find Your Sweet Spot
I hope that you find these exercises doable and that you give them a try. I threw in housework because so many of us don’t even realize how we work our bodies by doing ordinary tasks, I know I didn’t.
I encourage you to get out there and move little by little. Make movement fun for you, so that you stay with it. If you enjoy having a partner, ask a friend to join you. Experiment with different activities to find your sweet spot.
Let me know what activities you enjoy most in the comments below!
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