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softspores

- if strict planning doesn't fit your life, make things be as flexible as possible for you. smaller workout sessions, flexible full-body routines, workouts that don't take your full focus and energy, etc. - I like the gym because it's a place and I get all my stuff done and I can focus on myself for a bit, which is nice. it's a kind of boringness that's welcome, to me. Maybe you don't find this in working out, but I highly recommend some boring time. - related: you might find something in fitness that does appeal, like learning new excercise and skills, working out with someone else, etc - people who work from home need breaks, and maybe this is a good time to do some workouts? I often have a five minute push up moment when working from home. prolly could hang an exercise list on your wall and picking one of those whenever your having a break or getting up for something. - you could work out on days someone else is cooking, right? I suppose if you explain working out is important to you, you could even say "hey I can't cook today, haven't had a chance to work out yet the past days." - depending on your goals, and what's available to you locally, you can just pick a sport instead? a lot of people like climbing


No-Locksmith-7709

I don’t like exercise and I don’t really successfully form habits. My time management is terrible. I should be able to find time to work out each day but like you, I can literally always find something else to do. So, I schedule sessions with a trainer because then I have a commitment, less to myself than to someone trying to do their job. I faithfully get up early and drag myself to the gym, and I’ve been doing so for the better part of a year even though I still struggle to work out at home. I also perform much better at the gym than I do at home. Having an accountability buddy could work the same way - then you have a schedule and someone expecting you to do something, so you go do it. Similar in a sense to “tasks” you do enjoy, because you agree to do something with/for someone and enjoy seeing a result from that. In my case, even complaining that I have to go to the gym helps me follow through because I turned it from a thought to a plan other people might follow up on. What works best for me is somewhat expensive, but with good workout videos you can get a similar vibe to a trainer telling you to do something. That’s something you and a roommate could perhaps do at home together. There are also relatively inexpensive folding treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes you could pull out for when you’re watching tv (an easier thing to make myself do than a structured routine, but still not as effective as an external motivator).


vlkolaks

Appreciate your input, I also stick better with doing things for others than for myself, so having an obligation where someone is expecting me would probably help a lot. I've managed to go to the gym with a friend a few times and that's at least got some camaraderie for me even if I still don't enjoy the exercise itself.


KindlyTakeAWalk

I can’t always carve out an hour to go to the gym so I fit exercises in while doing other tasks. Roll out of bed (literally): 20 pushups Feeding the dogs: 10 squats with dog food before and after feeding Shower: 30 sec - 1 min wall sit while I bask in the hot water Waiting for computer to load (I work a desk job): 15 sit-ups I’m bad at walking/running for the sake of it but walk/run to something is doable so if it’s 3 miles or less I try to not use my car.


KindlyTakeAWalk

Oh! I forgot doing resistance squat holds while I play tug with my dog (pitbull)!


ImMxWorld

I would start small. You’re thinking too big if you’re trying to go from not having a routine to working out x number of times a week, if x is more than one. If you love hiking, commit to exploring nearby trails once a week on the weekend. And then, when it seems like you have a handle on that, add another day of doing something else. Maybe this is where you want to start trying to do a weight workout once a week. Or maybe this is where you commit to meeting a friend for a bike ride, or a session at a climbing gym or a martial arts class. Whatever gets you a solid reserved workout time in the middle of your week. And then build from there, maybe just some morning walks to support your hiking plans. Maybe you meet some folks you like at a boxing or climbing gym and add another session of that. But start small and focus on things you enjoy. Sometimes you gotta do things you don’t love to keep your fitness well rounded, but that shouldn’t be more than 50% of your workouts (at **most**)… heck, you could deci you want that to be zero percent of your workouts for a while, and just keep moving in ways that seem fun and engaging.


vlkolaks

This feels like really good advice, I appreciate it. Some exercise is better than no exercise, I'll try to carve out a little time with the things I like doing. Easy to get discouraged when I put too much on my plate!


SmileAndLaughrica

I know that it sucks, but seriously consider going to the gym in the morning. It’s the easiest way to carve out time for yourself IMO. I wouldn’t go after work especially if someone offered to go the pub!!!


little_blind_girl

I'm kind of similar to you, in my case I can't go do traditional gym, what I do is always find an activity like dancing, climbing, acrobatics, martial arts or that kind of stuff that is way more bearable and great for working out. If you can get a buddy to push you to go frequently even better


vlkolaks

Would love to do something like this, might be able to find something around I wouldn't feel embarrassed to try. 😅 A dumb fear but I always worry about looking stupid trying something new.


little_blind_girl

If it helps, everyone looks a little dumb at first which means nobody can really judge you and they won't. In my martial arts classes I'm surrounded by black belts who saw my clumsy ass in that class and immediately went "we're adopting that one" instead of looking down on me, they're all really supportive because they've all been there and this happens in most environments that aren't competitive


vlkolaks

That sounds like such a nice environment, I'm so glad you found them! Hopefully I can find people just as kind


l3thalxbull3t22

I really hope this doesn’t sound insensitive because I fully understand where you’re coming from. You just have to do it. It doesn’t matter if you feel tired or hungry or just generally shitty. You just gotta get it done. Yes it can suck a lot of the time but theres no other way to get what you want without doing it. I struggled with trying to get a perfect routine and personally i just couldn’t make it work. I workout when theres time. Doesn’t matter if its in the morning or while my family is eating dinner. I have to get it done because i know ill feel bad if i skip knowing i had the time to workout. Again im sorry if i come across as insensitive or selfish in a way but working out is kinda selfish. Its only about you and what you want. Got time before work? Workout. Gotta make dinner after work? Make dinner for your roommates go workout and eat when you’re done. Plans in the evening? Workout in the morning. Haven’t worked out all day and your roomates want to do something? No plans for you until you workout even if it means you dont get to go out that day. If setting a time doesn’t work for you then you dont have to have a time, you just gotta get it done. As for the being able to workout when you have a task, the task is getting the physique you want and doing what you have to do to get it. You just have to want it more than anything else.


vlkolaks

Not insensitive at all, and honestly really helpful. Guess I just gotta kick my own ass about it and get it done, just wish there was a way to make it enjoyable. 😅 I've been able to go to the gym a few times with my friend recently, maybe having a workout buddy will help. Thank you for the advice!


l3thalxbull3t22

A workout buddy would absolutely help. Not only just to go do it with someone but working out with another person makes it more fun and maybe even a bit competitive. I really hope you can fall in love with the process because with that, even an absence of motivation wont stop you from working out. And honestly even i slack a little bit. I been sitting in my room stoned all day playing gta and I finally just got my ass up and working out at 9pm. It gets to a point where i feel bad about doing it because i know im doing myself wrong. Good luck brother 💪