Enjoying Your Workouts Matters
Updated: May 26, 2020
Real talk, enjoying what you do for fitness matters. If you don’t enjoy the time you spend in the gym, on your yoga mat, running the pavement, hiking trails, or whatever you choose to do for physical activity it’s probably not going to last long. That or your lackluster training efforts will continue to produce meager results.
This is one of the reasons I urge people to experiment when they are struggling to get active or to renew their motivation to keep training.
There isn't a right or wrong way to workout. If you enjoy a certain way of exercising you’re in a pretty solid situation! If you’re struggling and you dread your workouts… maybe it’s time to change things up and try something new. If you enjoy what you are doing chances are making progress will come more naturally. Not because it will be easier, but because you will be looking forward to your workouts, you will more easily find the drive to push a little harder, you will more easily be able to immerse yourself in your training.
Now there are goals that require certain types of training. If you want to get stronger you will have to lift weights. If you want to run a 10k you’re going to have to put some time in with those running shoes on. Pretty straight forward right? So yes, you do need to make sure your training matches your goals. If you don’t like lifting weights but you want to squat 300 pounds you might need to reassess things. If this is a goal you truly want to accomplish you’re gonna have to tough out the training. If it’s not, find a goal you can work towards that is more in line with how you enjoy working out.
I want you to keep things simple, in that I want you to enjoy the time you spend being active. It’s going to set you up to be more successful, and well, happy. Training doesn't have to be a gloomy grind all the time. It’s a lot more fun when you can actually enjoy it, and enjoy working hard.