It’s interesting to see people evolve with exercise. During my 16 years at the YMCA, I had countless conversations with older adults who were very consistent with their workouts, and looked to have a great quality of life. I wanted to find out what the secret was to their success in the fitness world. Most of the time, they didn’t talk about being a “gym rat”. The people that seemed happiest made exercise part of their life, but didn’t let it take over.
Having a healthy relationship with exercise is vital to keeping in part of your routine. I talk about making New Years resolutions such that you can keep it in your schedule. This is exactly the reason to keep that healthy relationship. Too many times people go all in with spending all their spare time exercising. This may last for a couple of months, or even years, but most of the time it will fizzle out and they give up completely. As I have always said, this doesn’t mean you can’t, and shouldn’t, challenge yourself. Often you can spend less time overall exercising if you push it during the workout. If you begin to feel like you can’t keep the daily workout routine, there is nothing wrong with re-evaluating and finding where you can change.
Just as I said in an earlier post, you should have a healthy relationship with food, the same is true for exercise. Sure, we have to do it but when it becomes an obsession it could become a problem. Even worse, you may feel like it is something you can’t keep up with and decide to quit completely.
Until next time…