Why do you exercise? Is it because you want to look better? Is it because you want to live a longer and healthier life? Or perhaps you really enjoy the boost in physical energy and mental clarity that proper exercise delivers.
Personally, I started exercising to avoid the Dementia path that my genetics predispose me to! Scary! But that doesn’t mean that exercise should be a chore. We’re on this planet for such a short time, why can’t we take good care of our body and have fun doing it?
If you have good reasons for working out, why are you doing exercises and workouts that you despise? Regardless of your physical activity goals and motivation, there’s almost always a way to make your exercise routine fun. So why waste your time performing physical activities that feel like a chore or a punishment?
Your Negative Feelings Can Spread
In your current routine, there may be a particular exercise movement or format that you dread. But you’ve added it to your workouts because one of your friends told you that it’s perfect for helping you get the results you’re after.
So you continue to include it into your regular workout schedule. But sometimes, maybe even a day or two before you’re supposed to do this exercise or movement, you begin to think about how much you’d rather be doing something else.
Over time (and sometimes it doesn’t take long at all), this can lead to a big problem.
The big problem is that when you attach negative emotions and negative feelings to any form of exercise, those feelings and emotions can spread to your entire routine. Your brain makes connections between bad feelings and exercise, and there’s a very real risk that you subconsciously begin to resent other exercises as well.
You Increase Your Risk of Injury
Proper form is vital when it comes to working out. If you perform an exercise correctly, the results you desire will come more quickly. Proper form also means you’re limiting your risk of injury. When your form is faulty, your risk of injury increases, regardless of the exercise you’re doing.
When you don’t like a particular exercise, your mind wanders or you hurry through it. You want to think about something else, anything else; just not this f-ing exercise. Inattentiveness can lead to imperfect form, and increase your chances of injury.
There’s No “Magic” or Absolutely-Must-Do Exercise
Probably the best argument for not doing exercises you hate is the simplest. Whatever your goals are, there are likely to be a few (and perhaps even dozens of) different exercise movements and routines that can get you there.
Talk to your coach or trainer about alternative exercises to replace the ones you dislike. The fix is likely to be a relatively easy and painless one, and you’ll be wondering why you didn’t look for a solution earlier.
Exercise can sometimes be difficult, but it should always be something you enjoy.
And if you’re stuck and want some help or ideas to find or create a workout program that you do love, let’s talk. I’m happy to spend some time with you on the phone or video chat finding a plan that makes you smile and gets you in fantastic shape.
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