Help! I Hate to Exercise!

Help! I Hate to Exercise!

By Annie Berryhill

First off, let me say Thank You to you. If you are reading this, then you understand yourself and know what it is like to hate to exercise. You are not alone by any stretch. There are many reasons why people feel this way … which one sounds about right for you?

-Workouts hurt

-Exercise takes up too much time

-Working out is confusing, I don't know what to do

-I am too (fill in the blank) _____________________ (short, tall, skinny, fat, girlie, weak, lazy, broke, depressed, lonely,tired, etc)

-I need to lose weight, and exercise doesn't help at all, its a waste of time

-I am embarrassed to go where the fit people are

-It feels so overwhelming, it's pointless to try

Maybe you can hear your voice here, or maybe you have another reason (read .. EXCUSE) for not getting moving.

From here on out, it's going to be massively important for you exercise haters to change your mind. That doesn't mean I am going to try to convince you to Like to Exercise, instead, the goal here is to figure out what the heck is the reason behind hating it.

As a disclaimer, I am not a mind-reader, or a shrink. NOPE. I am simply a person who people ALWAYS tell their inside, dark and deep stuff to which has allowed me to understand some patterns a little better.

So the first question is:

1. Why do you feel the need? Is it peer pressure,  or a desire to "exercise" because somebody told you? Is there an external reason like losing weight or sleeping better?

2. How do you feel about that need? Meaning, if the goal is to lose weight, but in your heart or mind you are not committed because:

  • you don't believe it will work,
  • you have tried and failed in the past;
  • The sacrifice is not worth the work

What part of that feeling is weighing in on your motivation to exercise? In the end, your motivation to do ANYTHING will be determined by the strength of your WHY. "The Why's gotta make you cry!"

Does it make you cry 

 To think you cannot get up from the floor if you got down there to play with you kids or your grandkids?

Always being the one to sit on the sidelines and being to big or out of shape to have fun adventures?

Buying larger and larger sizes to stay fashion-current and your options are getting more and more limited with each extra pound?

  To think of your family losing you at an early age because of an avoidable disease?

Truth be told, I am driven because I NEVER, EVER want to be in a state where I cannot do, move or live on my own strength. I will always run, row, swing, swim, jump, lift, throw, climb, push, pull as much as I can as fast as possible until the day I leave the Earth.

4. Who is with you and who is against your mission, should you choose to embrace exercise? Be aware of those around you who would NOT want you to become successfully fit, strong, and healthy. Is it a spouse who thinks you would leave if you became fit? A family member whose excuse of  "it's just the way we are built" would be silenced if you ignored it and succeeded? Who are the dream-stealers, the progress squashers? Identify and run (or walk very, very quickly) away from them. Do not tell them about your plans…

5. Who is your ALLY? Think about that person who would get up with you early to go on a walk or to the gym? Who would your biggest cheerleader and NOT let you sink into your stinky pile of well-used excuses? This is the exact person that you cling to, call out for and rely on to keep going even though … (list your current bad excuse here)

The bottom line, we as humans were meant to move and do physical things. Though we no longer need to rely as heavily on our bodies to carve out an existence, our biology has not changed. The more we move, run, row, swing, swim, jump, lift, throw, climb, push, pull as much and as fast as we can, and rest to do it again, the smarter, healthier, happier, more fit we get. And we get to live longer without help then if we didn't move.

So, you see, it really doesn't matter how you feel about it, and it is really sooo easy to move that part aside and not do the work of staying FIT, but doing it HELPS YOU improve the quality of your life for your entire LIFETIME!


Let's close the gap together …

Let me be your partner in the pursuit of your goals!

You are DESIGNED to live


Today is a good day to get started


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Anne (Annie) Berryhill is a Crossfit Level 1 Trainer, USA Weightlifting Sports Perfomance Coach,   Crossfit Athlete and competitor who owns and operates OC Fitness Revival in Orange County, CA.   Services include personal and group training, nutrition classes and counseling, as well as providing incredible health-improving supplements to help people  to make the most out of what they've got.

Contact her today for a Free class, Nutrition consultation or to try Chava Chocolate for Athletes!

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  1. Joy Randall on July 27, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Just make the image a femle and that would be me, or rather was me!  Thanks Anne for the tools to get over excuses and the inspiration to start!

  2. Tanya on August 17, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Great post Anne – I've had a long term problem with a prolapsed disc in my lower back, and then realised I was using this as an excuse to not exercise. Instead now I've shifted my perspective and I'm using it as my REASON to exercise!!
    So now I'm committed to starting with 10 minutes per day, and then building that up gradually. At the moment it's a combo of cycling outside, walking the dogs (fast!), and some pilates type exercises!

    • Annie B on August 17, 2011 at 5:50 pm

      Tanya…I have seen amazing healing happen for people with chronic conditions like yours! Getting the blood flowing circulates healing oxygen through the body, and while it will never move the disc back into the right place, the ability to strengthen the core and the back will help you regain some mobility and confidence for exercise! Go For It!

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