Once upon a time, a few years ago, I was being coached by a trainer. Said trainer instructed me to go to the gym and perform a new exercise. And being the ever dutiful student, I laced up my sneakers and off I went. If only I knew then what I know now – Oy!
Perhaps you’ve heard of the move – it was a cable pull through. Simple, I suppose, in theory.
It involves standing a few feet in front of a cable machine, your back to the equipment. You then, with legs about shoulder width apart, bend over and reach between your legs (seriously!) and grasp the cable attachment. And yes, this includes thrusting your rear end outward. Again – Oy!
Next up (it doesn’t get much better!), with bum jutting out for the world to see (how attractive and lady like!), you pull the attachment toward you. Then, you stand upright once more. Sounds easy – but now the main issue I had with this was that the cable attachment I just grabbed – well, now I have just pulled it up to my groin. (Well, hello there!)
Let’s just say I do not do this particular move at all anymore – ever! Oh – the things we do to get our bodies in shape!
It's Pure Craziness!
The lesson to be learned here: don’t do stuff you don’t like to do.
If you absolutely totally abhor running – don’t do it. Hate to swim – stay out of the pool. Can’t stand the dance class Zumba (I tripped over my own feet and landed flat on the floor when I tried this one) – go find thee another class.
Some people (oh, we know who you are!) will tell you how wonderful and great some particular exercise is for you – and far too often we fall for it. We go out and start doing a certain exercise or activity because so-and-so said it would make our thighs look better than those of an airbrushed super model.
But if you truly dislike whatever it is you’re doing then there is a high probability that you will not continue with it no matter what results it promises. And you won’t get fit, or stay that way, if you become a fitness drop out (yes, sitting on the couch is not a super way to get in shape).
Basically, you just need to hit the majors:
There are oodles of options in each category. Select stuff you actually enjoy and you’ll increase the odds that you won’t sigh dramatically when you are “forced” to go workout – instead, you won’t be able to get to the gym fast enough.
Case in point: I once took a Spin class and I adored it. It was love! The instructor was super motivating. The music was fanfreakingtabulous! I got one heck of a workout but I hardly noticed because it was so much fun. Seriously, I was beyond bummed if the class got cancelled.
And that, people, is the sort of thing that helps make exercising something you really want to do rather than an obligation you feel you must do.
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