Tons of people out there work out regularly. We jog, we lift weights, we do yoga, we walk, and so much more. But for those of you who have made fitness a part of your routine, tell me honestly: Is exercising something you love or hate? Maybe somewhere in between? If you exercise regardless, does it matter if you enjoy it? Yes!
Here’s why it’s so important to find a fitness activity you love.
Why it’s important to find a fitness activity you love
As adults, we’re forced to do things we hate every single day. That’s life. And no matter who we are or where we live, we’d all agree that life is too short to be doing things we hate.
But sometimes it’s a necessary evil. Many of us hate our jobs or hate cleaning the house or hate paying bills, but we work, clean and pay bills anyway, right?
I personally hate straightening up and I tend to have a cluttered workspace. And bedside table. And closet. Once I’m actually cleaning up, I get in the groove and get it done, but forcing myself to take the first step and start is the problem. But I do it anyway.
When it comes to exercising, something most would not consider mandatory, we need to love it if we’re going to make it a habit.
Yes, fun workouts exist.
Doing a leisure activity you hate (or at least dislike) will not set you up for longtime success. How many times have we started a new project or hobby just to quit a few weeks later? I know I have. : :: sheepishly bows head in shame : ::
Now let’s talk about that word hate and how it relates to working out.
I’m not talking about hating the workout in the moment. Trust me, during a really challenging workout, I’m hating my very existence by the last round or set. But once I’m done, I feel proud and accomplished. I don’t hate the overall idea of exercise and what it does for my body and mind. Just the opposite. When you’re doing fun workouts, you’re that much more motivated to continue and view it as a positive in your life.
Speaking of positives, check out this post from one of my favorites, Nia Shanks. Exercise is extremely powerful and can be about so much more than fat loss.
Don’t pick an exercise activity that you think you’re supposed to do because it’s easy, trendy, or convenient.
Maybe you run because it burns calories but you hate it. Or you cycle because it’s on the class schedule at your gym at the only time you can go. Or you do yoga because you’re too scared to try something else.
Find something you love.
How can you find a fitness activity you love?
Experiment. Search on YouTube or Pinterest for inspiration. Ask friends. Try new things in your area. Get a workout buddy. Invest in a few workout DVDs. Join a gym or hire a personal trainer. Keep trying new things until something clicks.
I’ll say it again: Take a fitness risk.
Push yourself to try something that’s high impact and low impact as well as low intensity and high intensity and see what gets you pumped and excited. What type of workout environment makes you feel the most confident and comfortable?
For me personally, I don’t enjoy low-intensity exercise 99% of the time and anything that’s too high-impact ends up hurting my joints if I do it too often. So I’ve found a happy medium and a schedule that works for me that includes working out at home and the gym. I discovered indoor cycling in college and never looked back.
Believe it or not, I look forward to going to the gym and getting my sweat on. I’ve managed to stay motivated and I credit that to variety. I enjoy motivating others and sharing what’s worked for me.
When you love what you’re doing:
- You’re more likely to be consistent and stick with it instead of hitting the snooze button for the fourth time.
- You’ll start looking forward to your workout and make it a priority.
- It’ll be something positive in your life.
- It’ll be a little bit of “you” time to focus on yourself.
Life’s too short to do anything you hate. Really.
But let me qualify that. It’s true, but what I’m saying here is that life is too short to do anything you hate on your own leisure time. Like I said, plenty of us hate cleaning or working or grocery shopping — but it’s necessary. When it comes to your downtime, social life, and voluntary exercise, why would you continue doing an activity you hate? We have choices!
Make a choice that works for you… and your body and mind will thank you.
What’s your go-to workout or exercise?