Best Workouts For People Who Hate Exercise

Getting fit can be a daunting task if you really hate working out. People who are trying to get in shape often measure themselves against others who have been working out for months or years, and that's a comparison that's never going to work out in the newbie's favor. That said, you don't have to be a gym rat, a hardcore runner or a power lifter to achieve satisfying fitness results. The key to reaching your goals is to set realistic goals (which can always be ramped up later) and to find exercises that are somewhat enjoyable - or, at the very least, not boring or unpleasant.

Listed below are some of the more popular workouts for people who struggle to have fun at the gym.

Yoga

Why is yoga so popular these days? A big reason is you don't need to go to the gym to do yoga. You can do it at home with help from a video, or you can go to a dedicated yoga studio with other like-minded yoga practitioners. While stretching does not burn calories, yoga is more than just reach toward your toes. Yoga is all about holding certain positions and using muscles you didn't even know you had. Not only can yoga help you get toned, but you'll strengthen your body and make other exercises more pleasant. Also, the flexibility gained through yoga can prevent injuries.

Walking

If you don't like to run or jog, try walking or hiking. You can achieve great results just by walking at your own pace. Studies have shown that walking regularly can reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease and osteoporosis. Walking can also help improve blood pressure and help maintain a healthy body weight. Make walking fun by going with a friend. If you cannot find someone to walk with you, there may be a local running or walking club that you can join for support. Also, there are several smartphone apps like Human and Fitocracy that you can download to help track your progress.

Bench Press

Of all the things to do at the gym, the bench press is perhaps the most simple. And, for men, what can compete with bulking up the arms and chest? The bench press can be done with free weights using a barbell or dumbbells (and a spotter, of course), but people who hit the gym solo can also use weight machines for their bench press reps. It's a simple exercise that doesn't require stretching, bending or holding awkward positions - it's all about pushing. That's it. And that's why the bench press is such a popular exercise.

Biking

Forget about the elliptical, the treadmill and the stair climber - all of those are boring compared to a leisurely bike ride outdoors. However, even that leisurely bike ride is good for you! You'll burn calories and soak up some vitamin D (don't forget the sunscreen) when you opt for a real bike instead of a stationary bike. And biking is much more fun for people who can't stand the monotony of exercising in place, which is what happens at the gym.

Ab Press

The Ab Press is a very simple Ab exercise that will help tone your abs without doing rigorous sit ups. Simply lying on a flat surface, pulling your knees toward your chest, and pressing your hands toward your knees can help to tone your mid-section without creating a lot of stress. You want to make sure that you are lying on a flat surface. If your bed is firm enough, you may be able to do it in bed!

Swimming

Who doesn't enjoy spending some time in the pool? Even if you're not out there swimming laps, you'll be burning calories and strengthening your body by being in the pool and moving against the all-encompassing resistance of the water. Once you're more comfortable with swimming, you can even swim laps or do water running. People who have lower fitness levels can also prime their bodies for more rigorous exercise by doing water aerobics.

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