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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Physical Fitness and Fun

by Mike Adams - http://www.fitness-catalog.com/

I have a friend who gets up at 2 or 3 in the morning so he can run 8 miles before he goes into work early every morning. If I tried that, I'd be smashing the alarm clock the first day! In fact, even when I try getting up an hour early to run, it lasts maybe 3 weeks.

Why? Because I hate to get up early, and I'm not very alive or alert when I do! But it's perfect for my friend - he loves to do that.

Let me ask you a serious question: If your workouts stop being fun and you start hating them, how long will you keep them up?

That's what I thought...not very long, right? You see, exercise has to be fun, or at least rewarding, if you're going to make it a long-term lifestyle. How will you achieve physical fitness and maintain it if you hate your workouts and you stop in 2 or 3 weeks?

Oh, there are plenty of experts to tell me that I'll raise by metabolic rate longer if I exercise first thing in the morning rather than in the evening. But it's not going to raise my metabolic rate for long if I don't do it!

And there are plenty of doctors who will tell you that you won't sleep as well if you exercise shortly before going to bed because it wakes you up. But how many of them are getting up at 2 or 3 in the morning to run 8 miles?

And you certainly won't have trouble finding someone to tell you that this exercise is better than that one, that free weights are better than machines, that you should do cardio long and slow or shorter and more intense.

But if you're not having fun, not getting enjoyment, will you keep doing it?

I think one of the keys a good exercise program is finding out what you enjoy and then doing it. Also, you have to know when you enjoy doing it, so you don't try to force a fitness program you won't keep up.

So the next time some self-appointed expert tells you that you shouldn't do what's working for you, just smile politely and keep doing it. You'll be happier and healthier, and you'll have a physical fitness program that you can follow for a lifetime.

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