“If I hear from one more person who tells me about how my endorphins are supposed to kick in during a workout I’m gonna shove a running shoe down their throat!!!”
There are people in this world that actually feel better working out. They think it’s fun to get their butt kicked and they crave the muscle soreness and hunger that kicks in long after the workout. However, for most of us “non-freaks” these feelings are not what gets us up in the morning and certainly not something we look forward to putting ourselves through.
So if the actual act of working out sucks – how are you supposed to look and feel they way you want? The unfortunate truth is – there is no magic pill….well, there are magic pills, but none that actually come with the consequence of long life and happiness! (Rather, most of them come with uncontrollable diarrhea and liver failure!)
So let’s take a closer look at your extreme “I hate exercising” feeling and understand what it is that you hate and what you might actually not hate.
Let’s start with what you hate:
- Being out of breath
- Bodily exertion beyond every day walking and getting up/down
- Feeling light headed
- Feeling nauseated
- That shaking feeling you get in your muscles after lifting something heavy
- Being Sore
Now let’s look at what you don’t hate about exercising:
- Being Outside (in the summer…not the winter)
- Moving around feels good
- My head feels clearer – I can think better
- I sleep better that night
- I feel like I’ve done something/I’ve accomplished something
- I have more energy
Sound about right? Anything you notice? Other than being sore, most of the stuff you hate is short term – it happens while you exercise. Most of the stuff you like is long term – it affects you the rest of the day after you exercise and sometimes leads into the next day. Ever hear the saying “Short term pain for long term gain”?