Ha, I tricked you with that magical title, didn’t I? Sadly, I’m not selling you anything. No fat burning pills, no easy video to follow, no motivational tips to get your ass to the gym. Why? Because you already have all the tools to get your ass in gear, and also because I hate all of those things. Humans are designed to love being active. Don’t groan or roll your eyes at me, it’s true. Scientifically proven and true. However, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to build a long-term workout routine, you just have to find the right fit.
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We only survived if we were welcome in a tribe and each member was useful. This means that we all had our own skills, talents, and faults. Because as a collective part of a community, different strengths and weaknesses made for a strong tribe.
What I’m getting at with this is that tribes would flourish if there were members who were super strong, others that were super fast, or others that could just run forever. Even if you don’t see yourself fitting in any of those categories, tribes also need the “jack of all trades” who could do a bit of everything and help wherever necessary.
So don’t be discouraged that the gym isn’t for you. Creating a long-term workout routine that includes the gym everyday isn’t for everyone. The important thing is that you find what is you enjoy doing to help you be more active.
Exercising is crucial but what if you hate it?
The best way to create a long-term long-lasting exercise routine is to find something you enjoy. Personally, anything that feels like I’m exercising I hate. Don’t tell me to do squats or run a mile. I won’t do it. But you tell me, “hey let’s go hike up this mountain because we can and it’s only a 10-mile trail” I’m there. In a heartbeat.
A lot *most?* of us hate exercising. And it’s not that we hate to move or get the endorphins flowing, we just hate the gym. First off, there’s very few windows, it smells weird, and I feel constantly judged (mostly by myself) for not knowing how the eff to use the equipment. Also, what is with all the freaking mirrors!? I know I’m doing it wrong, I don’t want to watch myself too! However, when we hear of people being fit, healthy, and in shape, it’s because they go to the gym.
And just because you hate the gym (or any other kind of exercise) that doesn’t make you weak, unhealthy, or a quitter. Why waste your time on the things you hate? That’s not a good way to create a fulfilling lifestyle. You are amazingly lucky to have the physical ability to exercise, why waste it on something that you hate? Particularly when you have innumerable options of other things you can try!
*note: I understand that most of these will not make you a chiseled Michelangelo masterpiece, often that does require a gym. However, you don’t have to be a chiseled masterpiece to be happy + healthy*
Ideas of activities that you could enjoy as exercise instead of the gym…
- Sign up for Mermaid Classes
- Rock climbing
- Play video games – check out this site for the best video game systems to exercise with
- Aerial Silks
- Pole dancing Classes
- Dance (or workout) classes in general
- Adult sports league (I play ultimate frisbee and it is so much fun)
- Walk your dogs – if you don’t have a dog sign up to be a dog walker at your local shelter or on an app like Rover
- Do some boxing
- Be a kid again – make yourself an obstacle course, play outside, spark your curiosity
- Jump Rope
- Self-defense classes
- Fun runs or charity runs
- Go for a walk
- Work exercise into your daily routine
So what if your friend loves running every morning before work, another is a total gym rat, you’d rather die than do either. Okay. That’s fine. But what isn’t fine is claiming that you’ll always be unfit or you’re un-athletic just because one or two ways of exercise doesn’t work for you. Creating a long-term workout routine will probably require you to find something you enjoy. After all, why waste so much time doing something you hate, when you have other options.
And as scientists discover just how important exercise really is for us, there are more options than ever to enjoy some activity and not hate ourselves while doing it.