Let’s talk a little bit about adherence…
It goes without saying that sticking to something (whether that be a training plan, diet strategy, or something entirely unrelated to fitness) is a whole load easier if you enjoy what you’re doing. I have multiple clients come to me, claiming to ‘hate exercise’. Not only does this baffle me, it also annoys the helllll out of me.
Why? Let me explain.
Exercise is commonly defined in the following way:
‘activity requiring physical effort, carried out to sustain or improve health and fitness’.
But I want to break it down into even more basic terms.
Exercise, as I see it, is movement. It’s that simple.
Gymnastics class: exercise.
Playing with your dog: exercise.
Kiss chase: exercise.
Wife-carrying: exercise (it’s an actual sport… Google it).
Evidently there are various levels of exertion involved in the above examples, but you get my gist. You simply cannot classify all forms of movement into one category.
So, you hate running? God damn, I feel you! But your hatred for running doesn’t mean you hate movement as a whole. Why not try something new? A dance class, an obstacle course, paintballing. Heck, get out roller skating for all I care.
Test the waters: it’s a simple case of trial and error. You’ll never exhaust every option. There’s an old saying that goes a little something like this: ‘When you do what you love, you’ll never have to work a day in your life.’ The same principle applies to exercise… It’s much easier to sustain an active lifestyle if you enjoy it.
The body was made to move; don’t disregard its purpose. Find something you love as much as I love barbells, and maybe you’ll exercise with a grin (and double chin) as cheeeeeeesy as mine.