I Hate Exercise, And Then I Exercise

Thursday, June, 25, 2015 < Back to Blog Posts

I’ll admit it. I hate exercise. If you like exercise, I’m happy for you, because life is easier if you like something that you should do. I have friends who really genuinely like to exercise and I have to say I’m jealous. They look forward to it, it’s an enjoyable part of their day and they never miss it. I on the other hand hate it, dread it, don’t want to do it, and wish I could skip it entirely. For many years I did skip it on a consistent basis.
But now I can’t. And neither can you.
I’m not fond of the time it takes to get my oil changed, but I make time to get it done the recommended amount. I realize that if I don’t change the oil on my car and get regular check-ups, my car won’t last. It will deteriorate long before it’s time. I paid good money for my car, and if I take care of it, it will last me for years.
I guess I can’t value my car more than myself. And neither can you.
Regular exercise, while easily ignored in our younger years, now becomes vital to our well-being as we journey through menopause. What’s recommended is 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days. I’m pretty liberal with that whole “most days” part, but I have made a concerted effort to treat exercise like a “must” rather than if an “I feel like it” because I will never feel like it. Experts tell us that to combine aerobic exercise with strength training throughout the week is the best way to go, but I don’t get hung up on that. My rule is - I have to move. Just move. If I over-think it or make too rigorous of a plan, I can get tripped up. I can get discouraged and rationalize away doing anything. Can you relate?
So if exercise is hard for you, maybe I can help. Just move. Just move for 20-30 minutes most days. How about these ideas?
• Music makes everything better for me. Make a music playlist to the music you love that will get you moving. This can motivate you to keep going. I always listen to music when I walk.
• Do some digging on the internet, and YouTube. You might find a workout routine or two that you like.
• Exercise while you watch TV. If I’m not out for a walk, then this is a way to have a half hour go by rather mindlessly, and I often need that!
• Garden. Do yard work. It’s moving and it counts!  Do a few curls with that shovel and rake!
There is lots of advice on how to exercise. I’m just here to give you the perspective of doing it, even if you hate it. Most people talking about exercise are enthusiastic and think everyone else is too!
Exercise is a must for us as we go through menopause and for the rest of our lives. Just like Remifemin® menopause relief* is a must for me every day, I never skip a day. Remifemin is my answer to hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings and occasional sleeplessness, and taking it twice a day is a lot easier than exercising! I’m committed to the benefits I get when I take Remifemin and I’m committed to get that 30 minutes of moving accomplished most days. I still hate it- I probably always will. But I have to do it. I want to “last” in the best way I can. And I know you do too. But it’s O.K. to just admit, some of us hate exercise. But just maybe, someday we can grow to a strong dislike.
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