9 Exercising tips for people who don't like exercising

As a person who actively avoids physical activity, my motivation to workout is highly minimal. However, since one of my hobbies, dance, requires a certain degree of stamina, I've had to find ways to persuade and trick myself into going to the gym. Here are some tips and tricks I've picked up along the way for anyone that has the same aversion to exercise as I do.

Tip #1. If you don't have a gym membership, go out and buy one. I found that buying a membership motivated me to go to the gym more because I didn't want to feel like I had wasted my money.

Tip #2. Once you have a gym membership, I'd recommend joining classes rather than working out on your own. In a Pilates class, even if I really don't want to hold a plank, if everyone else in the room is holding one, I'm competitive enough to hold it, too. If I'm working out by myself, I might do about one and a half push-ups and that’ll be the end of my workout.

Tip #3. Find a gym buddy who likes working out more than you do. Enthusiasm can be contagious!

Tip #4. Try to find forms of exercise that are more enjoyable for you. Something like zumba is going to be a lot more fun for me than running on a treadmill.

Tip #5. Plan ahead to do your laundry so that you can't use the excuse of not going due to not having clean workout clothes to wear (an excuse I use regularly). Gym aside, this will actually help you with your whole life because you'll be less likely to run out of socks and have clean clothes for all your outings. #ProTip

Tip #6. Create a reward system for yourself. It's good to use something that doesn’t involve ice cream, as that can be counterproductive. A reward can be as simple as putting a sticker on your calendar for every day that you exercise.

Tip #7. Make yourself a schedule and stick to it. This is difficult to maintain at first, but it gets easier. I find that if you plan on going to the gym at the same time each week, it's a lot easier to turn it into a habit rather than a chore.

Tip #8. Outside of the gym, there are ways to incorporate exercise into your life. When I can, I try to walk to the grocery store rather than take the transit. This adds forty minutes of walking to my day and allows me to save the money I would have spent on public transit. Another example is taking the stairs, which is often faster than taking an elevator. Bonus: it reduces your risk of being stuck in an elevator.

Tip #9. Make yourself a killer workout playlist. I find that I can get myself motivated to workout if I really like the music I'm going to be listening to.

I hope that at least one of these tips has been helpful to you for your future workout goals. I, myself, find it strange to hear people talk about how much they love to workout when one of my hobbies is eating extra cheese pizza, but we are all capable of getting to the gym. As much as I dislike working up a sweat, I do have more energy and I do feel healthier when I'm following a workout routine. Keep in mind that it does get easier along the way, and never stop believing in yourself!