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To have joined a gym even though I hate exercise?

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thefreshcleanstart Sun 27-Dec-15 10:46:19

Light hearted. I've done it. I hate exercise, hate moving, hate any unnessecary effort - but I have joined!

Anyone else?

ihatethecold Sun 27-Dec-15 10:47:19

Can't imagine you'll go much then grin

Boomingmarvellous Sun 27-Dec-15 10:48:38

I did the same a few years ago and paid the fees for months and months and never went more than a few weeks!

cardibach Sun 27-Dec-15 10:50:11

Not unreasonable, but it won't work! You need to find some kind of exercise you do like and do it pretty much daily (just a short time daily). When you are fitter you might find you enjoy gym based things more. Try a personal trainer - not as expensive as a gum membership you don't use.

fitzbilly Sun 27-Dec-15 10:50:33

Good luck!

YouTheCat Sun 27-Dec-15 10:50:51

I'm not what you'd call a gym bunny. But I go a few times a week and have managed to keep it up for 18 months. I'm not into exercise. I've lost 3 stones though. grin

Birdsgottafly Sun 27-Dec-15 10:53:28

Try the weights, don't be put off by the fact that you have to start off light.

As you get stronger, it's a real confidence boost, your body will change shape and it crosses over into everyday life, very quickly.

You burn lots of calories, as well.

It's been amusing when I've been picking up parcels on C&C and the young assistance have been concerned that I'd struggle. I can now, at 50, lift more than some of my male relatives in their 30's.

Cookingongas Sun 27-Dec-15 10:54:30

Well done! I'm a hypocrite as I had to cancel my gym- but all the advice of finding exercise I loved didn't work for me. I hate exercise. All of it.
The gym did work. Half hour a day in conditions where all there is to do is exercise without the excuse of rain or family to stop me. Good luck.

Birdsgottafly Sun 27-Dec-15 10:54:44

Just to add that I've lost five stone and I now wear clothes that I like, not to hide any part of my body.

Not bad going for an old post Menapausal bird.

Oysterbabe Sun 27-Dec-15 10:56:48

Yabu as resolutioners annoy the regulars by clogging up the machines for a month before they give up. I'm not one of the annoyed regulars BTW, much prefer getting out for a run.

hooliodancer Sun 27-Dec-15 11:02:21

I did that 12 years ago! Best thing I ever did.

I was always the child lumbering along at the back during PE at school, couldn't run or jump. Got called 'a sack of old potatoes '.
I have been to the gym 4-5 times a week since I joined. My periods used to be extremely painful, within a few months the pain stopped in the main.

This time last year I had lost my mojo a bit- I was still going but started to hate it. I started to do the classes instead of the gym stuff. They were a revelation! I now mainly do classes, and many of them are huge fun.Zumba is amazing! I really wish I had started doing it years ago, especially as it burns the same calories as the equivalent time on the crosstrainer.

It still makes me laugh that I am 'girl less likely to be a gym bunny'!!!

thefreshcleanstart Sun 27-Dec-15 11:06:18

Trust me, there is no exercise I like!

I'm seeing it as a sort of medicine ... fgrin

thenightsky Sun 27-Dec-15 11:11:13

I've done the same thing twice before. God knows why because I always drift off attending after three months when the boredom sets in. I then had a devil of a job cancelling membership (they don't make it easy).

Now I do Park Run every saturday instead (free) and run a bit in the week too. Plus pilates once a week which has cured my bad back.

Curiouserandcuriouser30 Sun 27-Dec-15 11:13:12

Well done! I am with you there, I have never been naturally athletic and I hate most types of exercise. I go to the gym and running though, for the smug feeling I get afterwards grin

SheSparkles Sun 27-Dec-15 11:18:28

I've been exercise averse for years, until August this year when I tried Pilates to help a back problem...I'm now addicted-seriously can't get enough!! I also now do water aerobics and am away to join the gym (been pay as I go till now) and I can't wait to get on the cross trainer. This is totally alien to me!!
Try lots of different classes, you will find something you like, or dislike less than others! I tried spin thinking I'd love it-couldn't have been more wrong!! I had to be cajoled into going to waterworks and I absolutely love it! Between that and Pilates I'm doing something 5 days a week-completely unlike me!

thefreshcleanstart Sun 27-Dec-15 11:20:45

I think I'll just stick with the equipment - have no idea what Pilates is but it sounds scary! fgrin

SheSparkles Sun 27-Dec-15 11:27:52

Pilates is all about strengthening and lengthening your core muscles-basically abs, lower back and thighs-very gentle And no jumping about-which is what I hate! After 3 months, despite them still being very protected grin I can actually feel I have abs for the first time in my life!

AliceScarlett Sun 27-Dec-15 11:29:09

I did this for a few years before I gave up and bought a rebounder (mini trampoline). The only way I can exercise is at home while being distracted by the tellyconfused

Oldisthenewblack Sun 27-Dec-15 11:31:54

I don't like exercise either - but I do it for the results. DO try to stick with the gym - it's so worth it. Your body will feel so much better for it, and like a previous poster said, the effects carry over into your every day life. And if you're budget conscious, you'll go if you know the money is being taken from your account every month!

Wolfiefan Sun 27-Dec-15 11:35:30

I don't enjoy the gym much unless I have music. Good music.
Get a good programme, get it regularly updated and you will soon see results.
Good luck.

suzannecaravaggio Sun 27-Dec-15 11:35:48

Thanks OP, I love the gym and without folk who pay membership but never go it probably wouldn't be financially viable!

thefreshcleanstart Sun 27-Dec-15 11:38:52

But I am going, suzanne fhmm

I am very budget conscious, and also care about my health so I will do this, even though going isn't actually a pleasure, as it is for some lucky folks!

suzannecaravaggio Sun 27-Dec-15 11:43:06

Great stuff keep up the good work💪

maddy68 Sun 27-Dec-15 12:44:22

Join a class rather than using the machines. They keep you more motivated

thefreshcleanstart Sun 27-Dec-15 13:03:07

I don't think I'm brave enough for classes, yet - prefer to take things at my own pace a bit more for now!

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