NO MORE EX­CUSES!

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Be besties with the work­out you hate.

HOW TO BE­COME BESTIES WITH THE WORK­OUT YOU LOATHE. BY ED­WINA CARR

As ra­tio­nal hu­man be­ings, we all know a run isn’t go­ing to kill us. But does that stop us whin­ing, com­plain­ing, and pulling out the dra­mat­ics when it’s time to lace up our train­ers? No. We know ex­er­cise is good for us but let’s be hon­est, it’s not as fun as eat­ing a tub of ice cream with ex­tra sprin­kles. Ac­cord­ing to Tracey Rob­son-Garth, Fern­wood Fit­ness’ national pro­grams man­ager and nu­tri­tion ex­pert (fer­n­wood­fit­ness.com.au), this ten­dency to hate cer­tain types of ex­er­cise is pretty com­mon. “We think ex­er­cise is harder in our minds for var­i­ous rea­sons such as sim­ple lazi­ness, fear of fail­ure or be­ing com­pletely over­whelmed by the mag­ni­tude of per­sonal goals,” she says.

HAPPY THOUGHTS

So why ex­actly does just hear­ing your most loathed form of ex­er­cise ut­tered have you sprint­ing to the hills? It’s likely that a gru­elling past ex­pe­ri­ence (hello, Year Five swim­ming car­ni­val!) has tainted your at­ti­tude to­wards said work­out, so it’s time to shake up your mind­set. An­drew Sparks, sports psy­chol­o­gist and author of Bring It On – Health and Fit­ness, rec­om­mends that you undo the dam­age of your past ex­pe­ri­ences by start­ing over with your ex­er­cise neme­sis. “Re­mem­ber that ex­er­cise is not meant to be a hor­ri­ble ex­pe­ri­ence. Choose to take part in ex­er­cise that you en­joy. If you hate swim­ming laps, go to the beach and hang out in the wa­ter with friends – start do­ing things that give you a pos­i­tive as­so­ci­a­tion with the ex­er­cise,” he says.

BABY STEPS

Get­ting over your ex­er­cise hate is as easy as a one-two punch. Firstly, iden­tify the fear fac­tor, then work out a plan to tackle it grad­u­ally. “If you en­joy walk­ing but hate run­ning, then con­tinue walk­ing. Af­ter a month, run 500 me­tres and build up slowly that way,” sug­gests Rob­son-Garth. “It’s re­ally im­por­tant that you start off en­joy­ing it, then ex­er­cise en­dor­phins will kick in and you’ll want to do it more.” Af­ter a while, you’ll start to won­der ex­actly what it was that you hated about it in the first place.

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