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Very few people have the time or desire to spend hours in the gym or sweating it out in their house. I know this. Most people give the time factor as the number one reason they are not more active or do not make more time for fitness in their lives. It's part of the challenge when I work with a new client. Finding the connection to fitness that people are willing to make time for in their already overburden schedules isn't easy. There are a lot - and I do mean a lot - of people who have negative feelings toward regimented exercise at all. I actually had one women vomit before we ever started doing any fitness just from sheer nerves. It can be not too pretty, to say the least.
Fitness is fundamental. I know, I sound like an afterschool commercial but it is the truth. Everyone needs a form of fitness and exercise in their life. The real challenge is finding the fitness activity that's right for you. That clicks with you.
One lesson I have learned is to incorporate the things into a routine that speak to you. For instance, I am a strength training chick. Always have been. The move of the machines, the clink of the free weights, the time I spend focused on me and in turn how that makes me feel, look and react, well, that's my fitness passion. What I try and work on with others is finding theirs. For instance, if you hate working with free weights, then starting a new routine with them may not be the best motivator to get you moving. Maybe you love dance, or you like the support of a fitness class environment. So, why not try to incorporate dance into a routine and get moving or take some fitness classes and see how they feel.
See the theme here? Very simply stated, do what you love and you will love what you do. The object here should not only be to perform but to feel good about the things you are doing for your health and fitness needs. Forcing an activity that you have no connection to, or doing something you truly loathe is not likely to last very long and is certainly not going to be sustainable for the long haul.
This is not to say that there are not tremendous benefits in other forms of exercise like strength training that need to be a part of your fitness routine at some point. Remember variety is the spice of life so to speak. My hope however is that by becoming more active, loving the feeling and the results, you are more likely to trust in this new venture and be open to different thoughts and ideas as you progress. We are all partners in reaching our wellness goals. Finding the paths to your best health, your best self, make take effort but it should yield results that you will appreciate, love and sustain.