Do You Hate Exercise? There is a solution!
During every initial assessment, I ask the patient if they are currently doing any form of exercise. The responses vary anywhere from quilt/shame to intense obsession. Next, I ask the individual if they enjoy what they are doing and why do the enjoy it. You will probably guess that more often than not, they actually hate whatever it is they are doing or continue to do it because they feel they "have to" or "should." Exercise/physical activity does not have to be this way, there are other options!
Research has shown that individuals completing activities they dislike actually miss out on the complete mental and physical benefits of exercise. There is also negative side effects to over-exercising, see my previous post for more information. Exercise should allow you to feel alive in your body, clear the mind, allow processing of emotions, unwind, and de-stress. If exercise does the opposite for you, look into other activities that may be more enjoyable or seek help from a local dietitian.
Individuals may need to find activities that they enjoy doing or that they at least feel neutral towards. The gym is convenient, but most of the time my patients hate it. The following are some ideas for exercise that my patients have come to enjoy.
Exercise That You Won't Hate - Thinking Outside The Box
Dancing, Dance classes
Rollerblading, skating, skate boarding
Paddle boarding, kayaking, rowing, other water sports
Martial arts, Tai Chi
Outdoor trail jogging or running
Bicycling, mountain biking
Ropes courses, obstacle courses
Recreational Sports - basketball, softball, kickball, soccer, volleyball
Intramural sports - flag football, softball, kickball
Playing catch, backyard games
Wii fit or interactive video games
If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with a Registered Dietitian to discuss exercise or over-exercise, please visit my contact page or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. #dallasnutritionalcounseling