People always say things like “do what you love” and that is meant to be inspiring but it assumes that you know what you love.
Most people don’t and that is the REAL problem.
This applies to your career ,your fitness, and your life. You must actively seek out your passions to have a chance of finding them.
If you don’t ,then you are relegated to doing what you think you’re supposed to do, and that usually ends up in tears and frustration.
We should all try to find things that we like and find ways to use these things to improve our lives. Find ways to do what you love.
So how does this pertain to fitness?
I see people that want to get fit running at 5:00 am and wanting to kill themselves because they hate it so much. Why would you do that to yourself? I guess they think that the other runners they see on the street are going through the same experience and it’s a right of passage in order to get in shape.
The truth of the matter is that runners LIKE to run, they look forward to it. No one has to motivate them to run because it’s something they actually enjoy and would do regardless. Guess who is going to be healthier over time, the person who forces themselves to run at 5:00 am or the person who loves to run?
I know quite a few people who have bought workout dvd’s like p90x and raved about the workouts. I did some research found 2 outcomes for the participants.
A- 70% of the people who started the program that I contacted did not finish it.
B- 20% of the people who did finish the program did see results but did not do it again.
So what did that experience accomplish? Not much, only 10% of the people who bought the video actually made some improvement from it.
Stop trying to find a quick fix and look farther ahead. Look at yourself and find out what you enjoy doing that also requires some activity and try doing that.
I have never had to convince a golfer to go golfing ,so if that’s you ,use it to help you get fit. Don’t use a cart and carry your bag. You can even put a little weight in your bag if you like to get a better workout. Do some golf specific exercises before you go to the course.
I find it so funny that if I tell a golfer to do certain exercises they’ll make a face but when I tell them that they’re golf specific exercises they smile and do them. They’re doing the same exercises but for different reasons and they’ll keep doing them especially when they see improvement in their game. This is a way to do what you love.
Try it yourself and you’ll see that you can get fit and enjoy it no matter who you are!
BSc, BA, CAN FIT PRO
Director of Fitness – Cambridge Club