Workout Tips for People Who Hate Exercise!

Some people love working out and look forward to it daily. This post is probably not for you! I am sharing workout tips for people who HATE exercise. Need to psych yourself up for a workout? If you need exercise motivation, this article may help!

When I make up my to do list every day I always put ‘go to the gym’ or ‘go for a walk’ right at the top. And then it progressively gets pushed farther and farther down the list as my day gets busy. OH…I need to clean the toilets? Can’t go to the gym right now! Hey, I haven’t called mom recently…better do that before I head to the gym, right?

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Workout Motivation Tips for People Who Hate Exercise


I know I need to exercise…not only does it help me feel better but it keeps my from outgrowing my pants quite so quickly. But, for people who don’t like to exercise, finding the motivation can be a challenge. Keep reading to learn more about how to motivate yourself to exercise. Then, head over and check out my tips on how to wash workout clothes and get started on your fitness journey!

Workout Tips for People Who Hate Exercise!

My kids start back to school on Monday and I am determined to make exercise a priority in the coming months. I decided to research a few workout tips for people who hate exercise to help me stay on track and accomplish my health goals in the coming months. If you dislike exercise as much as I do, maybe these workout tips will help you, too!

Workout Tips for People Who Hate Exercise

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Multitask while working out:

I find working out rather boring. My mind wanders and I really just want to go home and do something else. I have found that bringing my iPad to the gym and reading while on the treadmill keeps me working out longer. Bring your cell phone on a long walk and call up a friend or family member to chat. Watch TV while on the stationary bike. Yes, you won’t get quite as hard a workout but at least you are moving and getting your heart rate up, right?

Bribe yourself to reach certain goals:

Bribery worked well on my kids when they were little (here…eat these animal crackers while we shop…) and I work well for rewards. Set a goal and give yourself a reward when you reach it. Lose 10 pounds? Time to buy a new outfit!

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Keep your playlist updated:

Your favorite music will make your workout go much faster. Download all your favorite hits onto your iPod and invest in a good pair of exercise earbuds.

Even on non workout days, move as much as you can:

Even if you truly can’t find time to go to the gym, get more steps in every day. Use the stairs rather than the escalator. Park as far away from the grocery store as possible. Try to be conscious of how stationary you are on a daily basis.

Enlist friends:

One of the best workout tips I can give you is to find a workout buddy. A long walk goes much faster when you are chatting with a friend. Support one another in your workout goals and you will find yourself at the gym a lot more often!

Workout Tips for People Who Hate Exercise

Do your workout first thing in the AM:

I recently read a very handy tip about being productive and am applying to to my workout tips because it really does fit. Do the ONE thing you hate doing most first thing in the morning. That way, you get an amazing sense of accomplishment for the rest of the day. Even if you have to get up an hour early to get to the gym, do it!

Keep a workout journal:

When you see your success written out on the page of a workout journal you are more apt to continue exercising on a regular basis. Check out these tips on how to write a fitness journal.

Find something you truly enjoy:

My husband is a runner. He does not understand why I do not like running. However, I much prefer a trip to the gym…which he absolutely hates. No one exercise is perfect for everyone so try lots of different things!

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Keep your workout short:

You don’t need to work out for an hour or two at a time every day. Stick to a 20 minute workout a few times a week and you are well on your way to a healthier you!

Keep a positive attitude:

Just because you skipped your workout last Tuesday doesn’t mean you are doomed to failure. Just start again where you left off. Reread these workout tips a few times, set a new goal, and pick up where you left off. No one is judging your for your successes and failures and if they are you might need to rethink their existence in your life!

Have any other workout tips you would like to share?

2 thoughts on “Workout Tips for People Who Hate Exercise!”

  1. I am finding that books on tape/cd’s are what keep me excercising. Since I have to stay focused on the book, I can only listen to them while commuting and while on my walks/hikes. If I’m listening to a particularly good book I can’t wait to hit the pavement so I can listen to more of the story. The more I exercise, the more I get to listen, the more I listen, the more books I “read”. Most public libraries offer free e-audiobooks that can be downloaded right to you device (through apps like overdrive & 3mcloud library) I think audiobooks is a subscription service, but downpour has books you can rent by the title.

    • I have never heard of downpour but will check it out. I hate buying audiobooks but they come in handy when working out and traveling!


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