How To Stay Active When You Hate Exercising

Do you dread exercising? Maybe not dread, but you talk yourself out of it more often than not? Does the thought of running make your knees ache? Do gym memberships make you long for the great outdoors? Most of us know the benefits of exercise, but sometimes traditional exercises can be pretty unpleasing for some. It is still possible for you to get into great shape. A major key is to find the types of exercises you enjoy (and stick with them).



If you hate running or using cardio equipment in the gym, dancing is a great way to get the heart rate up. The best part is you don't even have to leave your house for this. Just turn on some of your favorite tunes and move. Dance like no one's watching (serious they aren't and you're going for an amazing cardiovascular workout)



If being indoors gives you the blues when you'd rather be outside, try hiking. Hiking is a great full-body workout that is low-impact and even meditative. Getting in touch with nature can help you get out of your own mind and you won't even realize you're working out. AllTrails is a great site to find trails near you. 



Do you miss the days when you could play sports with friends in school? It was a super easy way to stay in shape and have fun at the same time. If so, try joining an adult sports league. It's a great way to get a workout in regularly and meet people at the same time.


Prefer to exercise alone and the idea of hiking a little to intimidating? Try biking. It's a great way to do some cardio, tone your legs, and see local sites and parks. 



None of the above working for you, then how about this: "let's take, a long walk, around the park?" Walking is a great form of cardio that can be done every day, and is great for building endurance before moving onto more advanced forms of exercise. To get started, all you have to do is get more steps into your day.