How to Workout – When You Hate Working Out
I think the title is pretty self-explanatory – I hate working out! Getting sweaty is just not my jam, but, sadly we can’t all be couch potatoes forever! I’ve found a pretty solid routine that’s keeping me motivated and (dare I say) feeling a lot better, all with minimal effort! Here’s how to workout and get your body moving.
So a little bit of background about myself: I was diagnosed with POTS, or Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, shortly after my spinal fusion in 2011, which means that not enough blood gets to my heart when I’m standing. Thus, I get lightheaded and dehydrated extremely quickly when I’m standing. You won’t catch me at any exercise classes anytime soon and it’s meant that working out has been really difficult without, let’s get real, passing out and hitting the ground.
So here’s how I solved my lazy problem: pilates at home
Every day I workout along to a 15 minute pilates video in the morning and then again in the late evening. This definitely isn’t a “one-size fits all solution” but I’m actually really enjoying this daily routine. Two 15 minute sessions doesn’t make me too sweaty or dehydrated, but it’s enough that I can get my heart moving, especially by breaking it up into morning and evening sessions.
**As a bonus, on Friday nights or if I’ve just had a stressful day, I’ll workout along to a 20 minute beginners yoga session post-evening pilates. I’ve found this to be a really successful way to relax and stretch the bad thoughts right out!
After just one week of this routine, I’ve going from “built like a brick” to “hey, I can almost touch my toes!” form which is really incredible and motivating. To me, it’s the evidence that sometimes the smallest changes in life are enough to make a big impact.
Follow along with me!