How to Keep Fit, When You Hate Exercise

I go through phases with exercise. When I get into running, I love it. Same with swimming, and Pilates. But, if I have a few weeks off, I fall out of love, and I don’t ever want to do it again. Then I have to go through the whole forcing myself back into it thing. Again.

When I’m in one of my lazy, exercise hating phases, I still try to keep fit. Ish. I like being thin, and I love food (as I’m sure you have noticed). I try incredibly hard not to care, but I do. I’m not super skinny by any means, but I’m a healthy weight. When I put a little on, I feel self-conscious, and I don’t like it.

So, here are my top tips on staying fit, when you hate exercise.


I’m a massive fan of walking. I’ve mentioned before that we enjoy a long walk. But, I’m also a big fan of walking into town instead of getting the tram. OR walking up the stairs instead of using the lift. Walking is a massively underrated exercise, and one of the easiest ways to keep fit. Walking outdoors can also help reduce stress, and get a grumpy baby to nap!

winter walk

Carry Things

To make that walk even better, carry things. Carry your shopping home. Get a wrap and carry the baby. Any weight makes the exercise more effective. Just don’t hurt yourself.


Yoga doesn’t feel like real exercise. But, it improves your posture (so you’ll look thinner, even if you’re not!), boosts your circulation, and helps to stretch and tone your muscles. A gentle yoga routine in the morning makes a great start to the day. I generally try to do any exercise I’ve got planned as early as I can. Then it’s out of the way, and I feel good all day. If it’s later, I’ll put it off.

exercise yoga


Join a dance class if you want. I personally hate this idea more than the gym, but, I do dance around the house! Again, do it holding the baby for a better work out. I truly believe dancing in clubs when I was younger was the only way I managed to eat kebabs so often, drink so much, and remain thin.

dancing for exercise

Join a Class

I’m guilty of going for a run, or to the gym, getting bored after 10minutes and going home. I’ve even entered the leisure centre, sat down and had a cup of coffee, and gone straight home! So, classes are great. When it’s so structured, you don’t get bored, or realise how much time has passed. And you can’t face the shame of giving up.

Try Something Different

There are so many options, a few things you might not have thought of, that can be great fun, are:

  • Roller derby
  • Rock climbing
  • Fencing
  • Hiking
  • Skateboarding
  • Skiing
  • Larping
  • Playing with the kids
  • Martial Arts
  • Bike Riding
  • Swimming with the kids

Remember, if you are moving, your body is working. Even just playing in the pool with the kids, and not actually doing any swimming, is working your muscles.

Different exercises

Find Something You Love

The key to a successful exercise program, is finding something you love. You are much more likely to stick to it. This might not always be the same thing. I certainly go through phases. Someone once said to me “the key to happiness, is to find something you love doing, and keep doing it” This is also true of exercise.

Just keep moving, make sure you drink plenty of water, and get lots of sleep. Fitness trackers, like Fitbits, are a fantastic way to motivate yourself to do more. Amazon will give me a tiny amount of money if you buy one from that link, but they are really brilliant!

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2 thoughts on “How to Keep Fit, When You Hate Exercise”

  • Fab tips. I’m the same really. When I get into something I really like it but if I have any time off I have to really force myself back into it. I’m actually in a bit of a lazy phase at the minute and can’t seem to motivate myself to get off my lazy butt! My sister did just recommended joining the local netball and roller derby clubs so maybe I’ll give them a go. Or I could just attend the gym I pay for every month and never attend..

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