The Art of War (and Strength Training)
Friday, January 13, 2012
Exercise is a battle. We all know this. Personally, my battle is with not wanting to "waste" what little free time I have with something that hurts. So I sit, and dwell, and procrastinate. That's ok though, because eventually I do get up and do it.
The rub is, that after I'm done, I know that it wasn't a waste of time at all but really the best thing I could do in that hour I had free.
But tomorrow I fight the battle again.
I guess I'm telling y'all this to let you know that you may never come to "love" exercise, but it can become a permenant part of your life anyway. You're not a failure if you don't live at the gym. Hell, I've never set foot in a gym. I really believe that the trick is to find a kind of exercise that you don't loathe. In all seriousness, try different things until you find yourself enjoying it.
I used to do all sorts of aerobics videos and I did not like them at all. I can't keep up with the choreography and I feel like an idiot. A rhythm-deprived idiot. I tried walking. It's just too boring. Strength training is one that grew on me, it's my true love when it comes to exercise.
For beginners in ST, I'd like to tell you the best benefits:
1) it builds muscle and gives you that "lean, athletic" look (while preventing the dreaded "skinny-fat")
2)it increases your metabolism
3)it's very yen. screw yoga. i like the counting and the breathing associated with doing a gnarly set.
Hopefully I've convinced a few of you to give it a whirl if you've been avoiding Strength training, or at least convinced someone to get off that elliptical that they're hating every second of and try something new.
Remember, you don't have to love exercise to be a fit and healthy person. You just have to do it...and try and make it as painless as possible.