Originally Posted by Dark Stranger
I'll admit up front that I hate exercise. I will never understand how someone can do yoga or go for a jog in order to "unwind."
How do you make yourself like exercise?
OK let's try looking at this from totally the opposite angle. What do you enjoy doing? I am not referring to exercise in any way, literally just things you do for pleasure.
In my dim and distant past I used to be a PT. I had a client similar to you who hated exercise in general but wanted to trim down. He had done incredibly well in business making more money than I will ever see, and was well over double his ideal weight.
The answers to 'What do you enjoy?' were slow coming but his favourite activity was watching TV. I could have wasted his time and made more money ignoring this and doing 1 to 1 coaching for a few sessions, instead I advised he get a recumbant cycle for home, and a very comfrotable seat. He was to pedal this as watching TV very gently to a level were he could go indefinately.
The cost was high as he had to get a special seat and some additional support to ensure his weight didn't rest fully on the machine. He was sceptical but returned a few months later thrilled. He had found the activity was so easy to forget that he often only noticed it when watching something fast paced as he would tend to speed up pedalling then have to recover for a while. The seat was armchair comfortable and easy to wipe clean. His weight had reduced very little but he had been gaining constantly before and his doctor advised his blood pressure had moved to high from dangerous.
I saw him casually over a year later, a lot slimmer and still using the same system, though less often as he was able to go faster and focus more on the cycling, which he never fully enjoyed but liked the challenge of improving at.
I am not saying the same thing will be good for you, but that the approach should be to find something you enjoy and build the activity around that instead of trying to force yourselve to enjoy something you hate. If you love nature, go for slow walks in beautiful areas, shopping, walk to your local shopping centre and around it, then get a bus back if your can't carry the bags home. Most things can have exercise injected into them and with you needing long duration low intensity, this becomes easier to do.