Have you always been active?
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|Fri, 04-18-2014 - 2:47pm|
Has exercise always been a part of your life? Have you always loved being active or is it something that you fell into, or did you have to train yourself to like it? From the journal entries I think that the regulars here like to exercise---is that true, or do any of you do it as a "should" but like the results?
I'm having so much difficulty getting motivated and making exercise a priority. I was never particularly athletic as a kid or young adult. As an adult I've pushed myself to do different activities for the sake of fitness and health but in only a few periods have I really enjoyed it. I know that I need to be more active, for weight control and to keep aging at bay. I feel like I'm getting caught in the downward spiral---as I become less fit it becomes harder to move, as I gain weight and become more self conscious about my body its harder to get out there in workout clothes. Since its not something I love to do its hard to push myself past those difficulties, to make the effort. Does this make sense?
I know that finding an activity that you enjoy is key, but what if you don't really enjoy any? Do you make yourself "just do it" and eventually it becomes a habit or when you get more fit you start enjoying it? For a couple of years I really liked cycling but these days I'm feeling "over it", and I cannot remember how I got enthused about it---I would love to reclaim that energy if I could. At this point I do something 2-3 times a week for 45-60 minutes, either on the bike or walking, but it feels kind of forced and joyless. Like I "have to" do it, not that I "get to" do it.
I'm wondering if any of you ever had an "aha moment" as an adult where something clicked and exercise became something that you liked to do and wanted to do? If so, can you elaborate? Or any other words of advice or inspiration?