How To Start Exercising — Even If You HATE Exercise — The Neuroscience And Brain Hacks That Works

Dr. Christine Sauer, MD ND
3 min readMar 16, 2022

You Will Not Believe How Good It Works — Unless You Try It!

If you are one of the (not so many) people who loves to exercise and enjoys it, this article is not for you.

This is for people who, like me, are more on the lazy side — maybe a bit or a lot overweight, knowing we should exercise for our health and maybe to assist weight loss (and yes, you absolutely CAN lose weight without exercise — it is just harder).

We don’t get the often-touted “endorphin boost” or “runners’ high” while exercising. We just sweat and get tired. Right?

So here is the “naked” truth:

Some of us hate exercise. We seem to get nothing but dread out of it. The thought of sweating and going to the gym makes us cringe and we want to go to a sandy beach instead and just relax while listening to the soothing sound of ocean waves and dreaming…. (and certainly not of working out in a gym!!!)

Yet so-called “experts” tell us to just go to the gym and exercise. Our body needs exercise, they say. It’s easy, they say. Just get motivated and do it.

Yeah, right, how do they know!

We have all the good intentions. This time, this year it will be different, and we will stick with it. We know we can do it, right?

Yet this great motivation and all the intention doesn’t last long…

We fall off the bandwagon, and we fail…..again. We tell ourselves we are just “lazy”, “unfit”, maybe we even tell us worse things like “we will always fail” or even worse “I am a failure and can’t do anything right”.

This then sometimes spreads into the rest of your life and can lead to dysphoria, low mood and even depression and anxiety.

Is that you? Me, too!

I was there, depressed, sad, secretly “knowing” in my mind that I would fail again even it I tried it.

But bravely I put my fake smile “mask” on, “pulled myself together” (as if that is any good) and tried it…



Dr. Christine Sauer, MD ND

German-trained physician, Brain & Mental Health Professional, Educator and Coach; Helping Rising Stars to Sparkle —