Working Out Shouldn’t Feel Like Work

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2015-02-09 06.13.07

I hear so many people complain about going to the gym. There are a thousand excuses made every day by people who want to get healthy, who want to get fit, but go to the gym and do stuff they hate.

They slog along the treadmill for mile after mile, hating every step. They use weight machine after weight machine, entertained not by the exercise but by the thought that they’ll be able to end the boredom sooner rather than later.

That sucks, and more than that, it’s not going to get anyone healthy. Or at the very least, it’s not going to keep anyone healthy

The number one rule of fitness is pretty simple: If you don’t like what you do, don’t do it.

Would you play a video game you hate over and over again? No, you take it back to Gamestop and trade it in for a better one. Would you eat the same thing for breakfast every day if you hated the taste? No, you’d cook yourself something better.

Then why would you spend hours on the treadmill if you hate to run? Why would you use every machine in the gym if you hate using isolation machines? Why would you attend daily pilates classes if you prefer cycling?

See my point? If you don’t enjoy what you do, don’t do it.

Fitness should be fun, not a punishment. If you hate everything about exercise, then you’re doing something wrong. Not every activity is right for every person. Experiment a little, try some new things, and see if you can find your fun.

It may take a while, but believe me, when you find that activity that clicks, working out won’t feel like work at all.

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