NO MORE EXCUSES!
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.
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.
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.