Sunday, 5 March 2017

What To Do When You Hate Exercising

Ok so I don't hate exercise. I actually love the way that I feel after I've completed a workout or been on a lengthy walk. My body feels healthier, my brain feels clearer, and I just generally feel so much more positive towards life than I do after a day of being a complete couch potato *although lets face it, those days are pretty great too*! It's not the exercise itself that I hate, it's the whole build up to it. 
I'm happy to admit that I am a complete lazy girl at heart. If I could curl up in bed with a good book all day, I so would. Some days I feel motivated to get my butt moving, other days I just want to be the lazy bum that I am and grumble at the thought of a workout. I know there's probably thousands of people out there who feel exactly the same as I do, so I thought I would share the one tip I have when it comes to getting some exercise done.

music

It's no secret that most people put on a motivating playlist when they're doing a workout, so you're probably thinking well, I already knew that. But some days I don't want to do a workout. Some days I can't face sticking on my workout gear and following instructions for half an hour, but what do I always want to do? Dance.
There are few things in life that make me feel more positive, more motivated and more inspired than sticking on my favourite songs and busting out some utterly terrible dance moves. If there's ever a party, I am always the first one on the dance floor and the last one to leave it. There's nothing boring about dancing. There's no 'ugh' thought when you think about listening to your favourite song and having a dance.
So, my advice to you would be to download spotify. It's free *you do have to listen to ad breaks but usually they do this whole 'watch this short video for 30 minutes of ad free music' thing so it's all good*, make a playlist of your most uplifting songs *famous last words by MCR, and burn it to the ground by Nickleback are some of my personal faves* and get dancing!

Even if you only dance for the length of two songs, you're getting your body moving! And I don't mean just have a little hip dance and be subtle about it, I mean full on throw yourself around the room like you're having a dance off with Kevin Bacon. Maybe even throw some squats or star jumps in there just to spice things up a bit and really make yourself work. 
The fact that I'm a university student and that I spend most of my free time writing, blogging or reading, means that I'm usually sat at a desk for the majority of the day, so these 15 minutes of dancing honestly do me the absolute world of good. I now do this every single day. If I'm feeling particularly motivated, I do go that one step further and actually do a proper targeted workout. But for the most part, for the days when the thought of a workout makes me want to crawl back into my comfy cosy bed, I just keep dancing. 
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  1. Playlists are the only thing that gets me in the mood to exercise, if it wasn't for music I would be a couch potato!

    Danielle xx
    http://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

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  2. I totally agree Samantha! I have a playlist in my Spotify full of so many genres! I never know what song is coming next and I will just usually spice up my speed of exercise according to the song! Soooo challenging and fun! Another great post as per usual,

    Mackenzie xx
    http://www.mackenziealayne.com/

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you liked it! :) I honestly would never exercise if it wasn't for music!! xxx

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  3. This is spot on. Music really is the key! My housemate and I started doing salsa Tuesdays in her room, even though we can't salsa dance at all, but it's so much fun and def gets us moving haha!

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    1. Ahaha I love that! That sounds like so much fun! :) xxx

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