5 Reasons Why Women Dislike Exercise
shock realization of writing this article is that it is not the
unattractive panting and sweat that women dread, but the actual
mindset associated with exercise. Read on to identify your main
reason for putting those training clothes at the back of your cupboard
and pushing the thought of exercise to the back of your mind:
1. It's too much of a mission to get dressed and showered after
Exercise time does not only involve the 45 minutes of physical activity.
There's the traveling, dressing, showering and grooming that doubles
or triples the time that has to be aside for exercise in our jam-packed
day. Vigorous exercise such as cardiovascular activity leads to
sweating which requires extra ablutions, while a Yoga class could
only take 1 hour and may not require hair washes and blow-dries
after meditation. A well-groomed woman may leave the gym compared
to the disheveled one that entered to have a workout. If only the
old saying was true: " Animals sweat, men perspire, women do
SOLUTION: don't sweat during exercise (impossible for me)
or exercise before work (early bird misses the traffic) or keep
your workout clothes in the back of your car for when you have a
2. Incorrect and insufficient exercise education
We are not informed about what exercise to do and how to do it.
This leads to feelings of inadequacy and intimidation that leads
to a dislike of exercise before we even break a sweat. Magazines
feature perfect bodies executing proper technique when performing
exercise, but we just look at the picture, wish we could look like
the model and then turn the page when we should be copying the posture
and form that is demonstrated instead of exercising without a program.
We tend to stick to the same type of exercise whether it be classes,
circuits or certain sports instead of investigating alternative
exercises that maybe more beneficial.
SOLUTION: take that magazine to gym with you or try the
exercises at home with the family to make exercise an education
experience or get a training partner or personal trainer.
3. Exercise incorrectly associated with gym
We forget about the outdoors! Walking from the car to the shopping
mall (especially on a Saturday or during school holidays) counts
as exercise. Not enough cardio for the week unless you go to the
shops on Christmas eve, but remember that there are various alternatives
to going to gym. Brisk walking on the beach, swimming, cycling and
hiking all are excellent forms of exercise and there are added benefits
such as a suntan as escapism - just keep an eye on the road instead
of getting lost in your daydream.
SOLUTION: join a club (dating and chess clubs not applicable)
or enroll in a self defense program or start a neighborhood walking
4. Childhood memories and past experiences
The compulsory physical education lessons where you would put on
hideous shorts, shirts and unsupportive shoes and then sweat in
the sun while performing some mundane activity. To make matters
worse, the dirty school uniform had to be put on again. This school
recollection could put you off any type of exercise for the rest
of your life. If we had the option, we would get our parents to
write us notes to excuse us from exercise into adulthood. Getting
picked last for sports teams and being embarrassed at school games
has a lasting effect that subconsciously affects our enthusiasm
SOLUTION: we now have inventions such as aircon, trendy
sportswear, music and we can choose when and where to exercise.
Women generally do not want to win or prove a point. All we want
is to get a good workout and avoid getting muffins and rolls around
our bodies, yet keep eating them. Males tend to have training partners
and compare a workout session while we just want to be able to not
feel guilty about having desert. We don't have to want to tackle
an opponent who gets on the treadmill ahead of the queue or cycle
away from our friends.
SOLUTION: keep a training diary and create internal competition
with yourself as motivation, just do not beat yourself up when you
The reasons are not purely physical for avoiding exercise and we
should conquer these hurdles to exercise by choosing an activity
that suits our lives and learn to enjoy it. Push the bad memories
away, kick away misconceptions, punch the self doubt and jump into
your individualized exercise routine.