8 Ways to Get Motivated if You Hate Exercising

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Today we’re talking about how to get motivated if you hate exercising. You know those people that get excited to workout all the time and they seem to never miss a day? Yeah, I’m not one of those people. In fact, those people probably even aren’t one of those people but I can’t speak for everyone. What I’m trying to say is that not everybody loves exercising all the time but this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do it, right? We all know that exercise is good for us. The question is, what can we do if we hate the thought of exercise?

I have just a few tips for you to think about. It’s not as bad as you think.

8 Ways to Get Motivated if You Hate Exercising

8 Ways to Get Motivated If You Hate Exercising


  • Consider a fitness tracker.

There are quite a few fitness trackers on the market these days but I can only vouch for mine. I currently have a FitBit Blaze that I love. Fitness trackers are a little more expensive than simple pedometers but they measure more than just steps. Most of them measure calories burned, hours slept and minutes of activity. Tools like these aren’t a necessity of course but for me, I find that my FitBit Blaze keeps me motivated to keep moving throughout the day and also to push hard during my workouts. I gotta get those steps in!


  • Learn something new.

Think of a physical activity that you’ve always wanted to try and do it! Maybe it’s dancing? Or Zumba-ing? Not really coordinated? How about MMA? Hula-hooping? Hiking? Yoga? There has to be something you’ve thought about trying but just haven’t yet. Anything that gets your body moving counts as exercise!


  • Bring your body outside.

There are plenty of things to do outside that will get you moving! Take your dog for a walk (or maybe your cat if you have a leash for it like my neighbors do), go on a bike ride with your kids, start a garden (and be sure to water it so your plants don’t die), run around your house or apartment building 8 times… whatever you have available to you. Enjoy some fresh air and get your body moving. I promise you’ll feel better!


  • Make it a non-negotiable.

You know those things you do every day that you just do because you know you need to do them? You know, brushing your teeth, eating, getting dressed, bathing…etc. Make time for yourself to exercise because you know it’s great for your body (and your mind).


  • Be thankful you can move.

I don’t really know what else to say here. I can tell you that I thank God often for the blessings in my life and having two working legs is one of them.


  • Start small.

You don’t have to go from couch potato (Netflix n’ chill) to running the Boston Marathon overnight. That’s a giant mess waiting to happen and you’d hate it so much you’d probably never trying running again! If you aren’t used to exercising at all, try going for a walk after dinner or doing some simple exercises (jumping jacks, squats and push-ups) or hopping on the treadmill for a few minutes. No need to go overboard you know. All you need is to start.


  • Break it up!

There are no rules that say you have to exercise consecutively for x amount of minutes. You can easily break it up throughout the day. You could do some simple cardio exercises in the morning before you jump in the shower (jumping jacks, high knees, mountain climbers), do 10 minutes of strength exercises while you watch evening TV and then do a bit of yoga before bedtime to relax.


  • If you miss a day, keep going.

It’s really not the end of the world. The best thing you can do after an “off” day is just start over the very next day.

Finally… Don’t take it all too seriously! We’re all bombarded with information related to health and fitness. Eat this, not that. Eggs are great for you! Eggs are terrible for you. You have to lift weights to exercise. Do cardio six days a week. You have to workout in the morning. It’s better to workout in the evening. Throw all of that out the window and just make it a non-negotiable to move your body 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week as suggested by the American Heart Association.

Your body will thank you.

xo Mindi


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My name is Mindi and I'm an office manager and blogger living in Minnesota with my husband and our blended family of four children. Thank you for visiting Lifting Makes Me Happy! I fight depression and anxiety with healthy living and writing. I hope you are encouraged and motivated by the things I share here. I appreciate you stopping by!

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