A MONDAY SERMON
Monday, May 24, 2010
Why does exercise have to be fun? I am not inferring that it can not be fun but in general that is where active recreation fits into the equation. Those who play a musical instrument have fun doing it only after the “drudgery” of practicing. The perfect tennis forehand or perfect gold swing is the result of practice. Is brushing your teeth fun, is taking a daily shower fun? There are many things we do daily which are to our benefit which do not fall into the fun category. We should consider our workouts as the practice time we put in to be better at everything we do. We are practicing to become healthier when we are working out; it is about looking better in our clothes or out of them and doing our daily activities with less effort.
If we take the time to concentrate on our workouts and add sufficient intensity we can minimize the time spent doing them and maximize the benefits. Far too many substitute duration for quality and presume more is better. The false hope that cardio is the answer to all weight or exercise problems leads people to the abyss of frustration. Boredom is the enemy so watching TV, reading or listening to tunes is added to the workout to create a diversion taking away from the quality of the workout. Is strength work boring? Only if you allow it to be, the multiplicity of variations on the ways to do total body exercises are such that you can go a long time without repeating any given exercise. The book “You Are Your Own Gym” by Mark Lauren lists 111 different bodyweight exercises. If you can use the book to create a three or four exercise Tabata Protocol workout you can complete in four minutes where is the time to be bored?
Will James said two things which I think apply here. He said “the energy you send out is the energy which returns” and also “to be act as if”. The key to integrating exercise into our daily lives is reprogram our mental attitude to assign to it the value it deserves as a critical part of our lives. The better we are at doing things with our bodies the more fun we have doing physical things..
Thus endeth the lesson.