If you are a professional athlete, stop reading this post. If you are a fitness model, this post does not apply to you.
If you are an average person, meaning you like being fit but you don’t earn your living from fitness, this post is for you.
I know why you don’t like working out. Well, I have a pretty good idea.
First, let’s get a little bit of perspective. When you were between the ages of three and seven (maybe a little older), your "most-est favorite-est" activity was.... moving! When somebody asked you what your favorite subject in school is, you probably answered recess or lunch.
Based on your fitness-loving background, there are only a few reasons why you don't like to exercise as an adult.
Reason #1 - It hurts
First, maybe at hurts. It causes physical pain. It’s been so long since you’ve exercised consistently that your body sort of “forgot“ how to move. In this case, take it slow, focus more on consistency than you do results. Little by little you will be surprised at what your body is able to do. I would also suggest getting regular massages during the transition period of going from sedentary to fitness buff. Whatever you do, be kind to yourself and listen to your body.
Reason #2 - you think aesthetics are shallow
Another reason might be that you are seeing all these “role models“ of the fitness world who either are actually fitness models or at least look like they are, and you feel like training for aesthetics is shallow to you. I would partially agree with that statement, although it is important to feel good about the way you look. But I get it, working out for aesthetic reasons is like trying to please everyone else. I have often seen people who look good on the outside but because they have overdone it have lots of aches and pains.
Reason #3 - Performance is arbitrary
A third reason that you may loathe exercise is because somebody is measuring your performance, which seems arbitrary to you.
The main reason you don’t like exercise is that you haven’t been presented with an appealing alternative.
You haven’t considered a workout model based around discovery and exploration, which can be interesting, fun, feel good, build community, foster teamwork, and appeal to your higher self.
It’s not fun anymore. Now, as an adult, you are so worried about reps, stats, weight, blah blah blah. How many calories did I burn? All very arbitrary, superficial "trainer talk." Jargon. What we all need is more play.
Play starts on the playground with one kid making up a game and inviting other kids to play. They agree upon rules, and begin the game with high energy. They play until they get bored, and don’t worry about whether or not they burned enough calories.
I challenge you in the next week to go someplace fun. In my view the park, it might be a trail, it might very well be your gym. But when you are there, ask your body what it needs, make up a game, and play
Keep moving, but if you hate working out I give you permission to just play.