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3 Tips for Learning to Like Exercise

By Genevieve Cunningham

Not everyone enjoys a good workout. There are plenty of people who are less than enthused about breaking a sweat. They don't enjoy the fitness world, and they're perfectly OK with skipping out on the gym. But exercise is important -- really important. Regular exercise promotes better health, especially as we age. So what do you do if you don't like exercise, but you want to stay healthy? You learn to like it! If you would like to lessen your distaste for exercise, take a look at these ways to make it more palatable so that you can enjoy better health moving forward.

Let Go of the Hate

So many people hate exercise. Not just dislike it. Not just dread it. But actually hate it. Why? Most of the time, it's because of a one-time bad experience or a preconceived notion of sorts. But if you ever want to learn to like your workout routine, you have to let go of that hate. Stop telling yourself that you hate sweating or burning muscles or the act of exercise. Instead, tell yourself the positives. This exercise is changing my body. This exercise is helping me stay fit. If you can let go of the hate and look on the bright side, it'll be a lot easier to love your routine.

Find Something You Enjoy

There are definitely certain exercises that you just won't like, and that's OK. If you legitimately don't enjoy running, then choose another activity. Don't suffer through, especially when there are so many different workouts to choose from. Find an exercise routine that you find enjoyable -- whether it's yoga or swimming or walking -- and stick to it for results. 

Get Friends

Friends help make everything better. If we have to work, it's easier with friends nearby. If we have to be bored, it's suddenly not as boring with friends. And working out is the same way! Try to make some friends who actually like exercise. Friends who will encourage you to get moving and stay moving. Friends who will go to the gym or the track with you. With the right set of friends, working out becomes more enjoyable and less of a chore.

You don't have to love exercise. You don't have to become a fitness fanatic. You don't have to eat-breathe-live the gym life. But you do have to learn to like it -- or at the very least tolerate it. Use these tips to overcome your hate for exercise, and enjoy a healthier body and life from here on out.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Clemente, Calif.

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