BANISH YOUR EXERCISE ENEMY FOR GOOD!
Our experts show three CLEO readers how to fall in love with the exercise they despise.
“NO MOTIVATION AND BOREDOM ARE THE BIGGEST FACTORS FOR ME HATING EXERCISE.” CASEY, 19
Hate mundane workouts? Scrap them for exercise that amps up the fun factor. “Sign up for group classes; the atmosphere is fantastic and you’ll be stimulated by the others in your workout,” suggests Robson-Garth. Not into the gym? “Go dancing – clubbing is fantastic exercise,” she says. If you struggle with the whole getting-up-off-thecouch side of exercising, it’s time to set a clear goal. “When you concentrate on a goal, the steps – like getting up for a walk in the morning – fall into place and are just part of the process to get the outcome you want,” says Sparks.
Getting hot and sweaty
“WHEN I EXERCISE I GET SWEATY AND STICKY, AND MY FACE GOES BEETROOT RED. NOW I JUST AVOID WORKING OUT ALTOGETHER.” PHILIPPA, 26
Getting sweaty (and, dare we say, a little stinky too) isn’t the most attractive state you can be in. To avoid this and still get the toned look you want, Robson-Garth recommends hitting the weights room. “Doing weights is a great alternative to full-on cardio and will give you amazing results minus the sweat. Lift heavier weights with lower repetitions and you’ll burn a lot of calories,” she recommends. Alternatively, hit the pool for some refreshingly cool cardio work.
The dread of working out
“IT SOUNDS SILLY, BUT I CAN’T BEAR TO SCHEDULE AN ACTUAL WORKOUT SESSION. I’D PREFER TO DO EXERCISE THAT I BARELY EVEN KNOW I’M DOING.” VIVIAN, 23
The key to overcoming it lies in company. Grab some girlfriends to train with or head to your gym for a group class – you won’t feel the urge to count down the minutes. Still too “exercisey”? Make your daily dose of exercise incidental. “Whether it’s taking the stairs rather than the lift or riding your bike to work, incidental exercise is a great option. Plus, you’ll get past everyone sitting in traffic or waiting for the lift!” says Robson-Garth.