From Love to Hate in 10 Seconds Flat


Several years ago I was OBSESSED with Pilates. The kind you do on those crazy-looking machines.

I loved how it felt. My favorite thing was when we got to put the jump boards on the bottom and hop around.

It was a tough workout, but…

…You got to lie down for an hour in the middle of the day. And that was all kinds of awesome.

The only thing I didn’t like was how expensive it was. Ultimately, I had to give it up for budget reasons. So, when I could afford Pilates again last year, I was so excited. I booked a whole bunch of sessions and headed in for my triumphant return. And…

…I HATED it. Like really hated it.

I hated how it felt.

It was tough in all the wrong ways.

I couldn’t wait for it to be over.

There was about a half a minute where I thought maybe I could talk myself into liking it again, but here’s the thing: my body was telling me that this form of exercise did not work for it right now. That’s all.

I hadn’t failed. There was nothing wrong with me or my body because I didn’t like it. I didn’t need to talk myself into anything. I just needed to move on.

It simply was not the right match for me anymore. And while I have some theories, it doesn’t really matter why. And that’s my message to you. Whether you’ve never worked out before, or are returning after a break, or are a regular exerciser who’s looking for a new kind of workout—if you try one form of exercise and it doesn’t feel right, try something else.

There is nothing wrong with you. There is nothing wrong with your body. The simple truth is that you haven’t found the right method yet. A form of exercise can be wrong for your body. Your body is not wrong.

Don’t give up. Keep trying. Go to a class that sounds interesting. Put that Amazon Prime membership to work trying out different exercise DVDs. Call a personal trainer and try working out with him or her. One of the great things about personal training is right there in the name—it’s personal. Trainers have an exercise library in their brains and can help you try different kinds of movement until you find something you like.

Depending on the demands being placed on your body, or the kind of workout program you’ve been following lately, certain kinds of movement will feel better than others at a given time. Pay attention to how you feel and to what your body is trying to tell you. Don’t force it to bend to your will. Give it the opportunity to exercise in a way that makes you feel strong and healthy.