When I played football in college, coaches always came up with exercises (bear crawls to name one) to torture us and make us tougher….we hated those type of exercises….so now, I do those exercises that I like, when I like them. For instance, the other day, my cardio workout consisted of 20 minutes of step ups for interval cardio. Why? Because that’s what I felt like doing that day. And, it was tough but I didn’t hate to do them.
The lesson? You are more likely to stay with your exercise program if you pick exercises that you enjoy. There are tons of exercises out there so you can be creative. If you dread your workouts, then you will quit sooner rather than later.
Check out this comment from my friend Corey (follow her at See Corey Run) also known as Cyberpenguin. She loves to run. So, guess what? She runs alot for exercise and she will run you into the ground!
Thank you so much for writing this article! We need more people like yourself, who are strong advocates of moderate, natural, & credible approaches to fitness & nutrition!
Of course, you are absolutely correct that taking superficial shortcuts won’t give us long-lasting health/fitness. Taking this path is almost always counter-productive!
I think the larger issue is that people get so focused on obtaining results by any means necessary, that they forget to enjoy the process itself.
While health & fitness are undoubtedly important, I think that the means are just as important as the ends. It’s so important to find the fun in fitness; yes, it takes effort, but too often people treat the activity like it’s some form of corporal punishment. 😉 It doesn’t have to be that way!
It’s ultimately more effective to retrain our brains, refocus our energies, & start thinking about fitness & health in more productive & sensible ways.
Enough said! Now, go have fun and stop dreading your workouts!
Train hard and smart!
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