How to Love Exercise

Recently a friend said to me,”why is it that I never forget how good chocolate cake tastes but I always forget how good exercise feels?” Brilliant.

Why is it that I never forget how good chocolate cake tastes but I always forget how good exercise feels?

Bicycling is my favorite way to exercise.

I often wonder if we’re brainwashed into disliking exercise at some point in our lives — perhaps gym class. Many people complain about exercise and say they don’t like it. But is that really true? As an adult, I used to dread exercise until I discovered it could be fun.

That’s the key to a regular fitness plan. You see, I’m never going to like lifting weights. I’ve tried it. It’s boring. I don’t enjoy running either. It makes me feel like I’m made of lead. Cross those two off the list. Luckily I have found a few activities I do love. The best way to establish what you like is to experiment.

You may want to look to your childhood to see what activities you thought were fun. Gymnastics, swimming, ice skating, walking and bicycling were some of my favorites. What do I like to do today? Those same activities minus the gymnastics, for which I have switched to yoga. For me, a bike ride can take a so-so day and make it a great day in a matter of blocks. It really doesn’t matter if you like to climb mountains or play softball as long as you enjoy it. Then maybe we’ll remember how good exercise feels as much as we remember our love for chocolate cake.

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