This is exactly what one patient said to me this week. He had exercised in the past, but it became such a chore that he absolutely abhorred it.
I probably have several other patients who clandestinely feel the same way. Some grit their teeth, do everything they can to get out the door and do their walk, the same walk every day, because they know they need to do it for their health. Others with those feelings may choose not to exercise at all.
I can understand that. If I did the same workout every day, day in day out, month after month, I'd get bored. I'd probably quit.
My mother gets on the treadmill for an hour five days a week. She walks at 3.5 miles per hour, or a little faster, with maybe a 2% incline while watching TV. That's her workout. She rarely walks outdoors. Somehow she sticks with it, but I think that after nearly two years it's getting a little monotonous for her.
I think exercise needs to be interesting in some way. Whether it be choosing from a few different treadmill workouts, perhaps one with an incline or another with intervals, or doing different exercises, like golf one day, bicycling another, dancing the next, and so forth, mix it up!
That's what I love about triathlon. There are three different sports to master -- swimming, bicycling, and running. No two days in the row have the same exercise.
What I told my exercise loathing patient: Just get up a couple times a day and go for a short walk, even if just for a few minutes -- it'll make you feel better. I didn't use the word "exercise", because if I did he would likely tune me out completely. And he even agreed, he could use the stress relief of a brief walk in the middle of the day.
Exercise needs not be a chore -- make it interesting and fun and it will be easier to keep the habit.