BAN­ISH YOUR EX­ER­CISE EN­EMY FOR GOOD!

Our ex­perts show three CLEO read­ers how to fall in love with the ex­er­cise they de­spise.

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THE HATE:

Bore­dom

“NO MO­TI­VA­TION AND BORE­DOM ARE THE BIG­GEST FAC­TORS FOR ME HAT­ING EX­ER­CISE.” CASEY, 19

THE SO­LU­TION:

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.

THE HATE:

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

THE SO­LU­TION:

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 HATE:

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 SO­LU­TION:

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.

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