Exercise is Easy! Not!

If exercising were easy, everybody would do it, right!  I wish it were easy.

Bad experience

How many people out there not wanting to exercise have had a bad experience in school?  I think that the early life situations has helped many people develop reasons why they  don’t like to get active.  If they had had a good experience in their early childhood, I believe that more people would actually like to exercise.  I haven’t got any stats to prove it, but I know that many of the people I know who don’t like to exercise disliked gym in school.  They know the benefits of exercise and just can’t get into liking it.

From the beginning of a person’s experience in life with exercise/sport/activity it can help draw a negative or positive picture of how important being active is in life and whether or not a person will actually do it.  Those experiences in life set down really strong connections in the brain that have to be reprogrammed  at a later time and that is visibly very tough or not happening.

Hard Work

If it were easy everybody would be doing it.  Like being an entrepreneur or growing in personal development, if it were easy everyone would do it.  But because it takes hard work, discipline and many challenges many people don’t like it.

I am a fitness professional and I still find days that it challenges me to get out and move it.  Knowing what I know and knowing what I have felt as a result and also knowing how yuck I feel when I don’t work out,  It still is really tough to choose to exercise some days.  What do you find?

Paid to workout

Seriously now, I get paid to workout and sometimes that is even tough.  So many  things to draw me in the other direction.   I know that some days the only reason I worked out was because my class of participants would be there waiting!  I can’t imagine how tough it must be for those who hate exercise to get up and move.  Getting started let along going through the motions.

I salute those of you who find it easy to exercise.

Don’t get me wrong here, I love to exercise, once I get started don’t interrupt me! But to get that start button pushed some days, well it can be a battle.

I would love to hear from you in terms of finding exercise easy or not.  What are your early experiences and how do they stack up toward your views of exercise now?  What about your goals for the future?  Please leave your comments below.

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12 Responses to Exercise is Easy! Not!

  1. Moondancer says:

    Hi Holly,

    I had positive experiences with physical activity at an early age. I have a lot of fond memories of being outside with my parents, playing. I was always active as a child, so naturally that carried over into adulthood.

    Getting used to (and enjoying) physical activity is something I’ve instilled in my seven-year old daughter to. She’s at the point where she feels the need to do some sort of physical activity. Her exercise is playing. I’m right there with her, enjoying whatever physical activity she’s roped me into and enjoying the added bonus of a great workout.

    There are other aspects of my life that don’t come as easy as exercise. For example, making sure I don’t add on too many projects, eliminating things I really don’t need, etc. However, having positive mental images of the result has been extremely helpful, keeps me focused, and focused on attaining my goals.
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    • Holly Fulford-Jeffrey says:

      Hi Moondancer,

      Those early established life skills are definitely an asset. Forming those habits early are so good, cause then we don’t’ have to learn them later when it is tougher to get. We all have habits in different areas that we want to change, as we work at them they do kick in more easily. Yes, those positive mental images go a long long way. Thanks for your wonderful share.

  2. Hey Holly,

    Seriously? I can’t count the days I get up, put on sweats or yoga pants and sneakers, vowing to get my good workout first thing! Sometimes I can — if husband-never-hubbie doesn’t seduce me with — the aroma of freshly brewed coffee!

    Yet, as you, I love the feeling I have when I exercise; I hate the feeling I have when I don’t; I know that after the first 10 – 15 minutes I won’t even want to stop. And the system I use is absolutely ExcellenT for motivation!!

    So what’s the problem? We may be just too far removed from our hunter-gatherer or even agrarian past and the times when no one ever thought to ask if they had moved their body today!! The claims upon our time tug away at our resolve.

    A message such as yours are just what we need: a fellow traveller to stop and help us reflect on what we really, truly value and as well as help us to know we are not alone in our approach-avoidance dilemma!

    Thanks for your good words!
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    • Holly Fulford-Jeffrey says:

      Hi Linda,
      Thanks for your kind words. Yes the claims upon our time does tug at our resolve! Too bad it is something that we have to fit in, think about, and decide whether or not we should, back then it wasn’t an option. Perhaps if it weren’t an option now we would do it more?

  3. Toni King says:

    Hey Holly,
    I totally relate to your post, I’ve never really enjoyed doing exercise. A good part of my life I figured that ‘I’m getting enough exercise in my busy day to day activities’ and I probably was. However these days where a lot of my time is spent behind a computer, I’m probably not. I do have an exercise unit in my office, but I think you have to actually get on it for it to work ;)
    In Health & Harmony
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    • Holly Fulford-Jeffrey says:

      LOL, Yes Toni, you do have to get on it and make it move to get the benefit!! I can understand the not enjoying exercise, which I think is so often why we don’t’ do it. Finding something that we really like makes it so much easier and fun to do. So keep telling yourself how great it would be to exercise and how you easily find the time. You might want to even work on telling yourself that you like it. Movement is so good for the body and the brain… in so many ways. I will keep an ear open to you and cheer you on as you decide to make those changes you know you want to! Would EFT work somehow?

  4. Linda G. Cox

    I enjoyed this post! It’s amazing that something that is so good for us, we sometimes neglect! I’ve always enjoyed physical activity, yet didn’t always do it! There was often something that would get in the way, then I would reationalize by saying, “I chased the kids at the playground – that counts.” It does count, but the 2 minutes chasing kids, doesn’t equal 2o minutes of cardio! Anyway, once my health was altered with MS, and I can immediately see the results of riding my stationary bike, it’s much easier to ride 20 minutes at a brisk pace 6 days a week! I choose to see some value in my MS experience, yet I would easily give it up!
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    • Holly Fulford-Jeffrey says:

      Thanks Linda,

      Yes it is all too amazing that the good things for us we sometimes neglect! We rationalize over and over again. You are not alone. Too many of us do it! I am glad you choose to see value in your MS experience and I can imagine how easy you would give it up. You have other offerings and we will greatly learn from you in other ways. Thank you for sharing here.

  5. Holly,
    Exercise came super easy for me as a kid. In adult years I ran half marathons, practiced tae kwon do, did a lot of rollerblading with my kids, and the list goes on. At this point in life, exercising is a treat that I fulfill to the extent that my body complies. Sometimes it works and other times it is more difficult. But the key (even with MS) is to always keep going … moving … exercising!
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    • Holly Fulford-Jeffrey says:

      Hello Darlene,

      So glad to hear that you did so much throughout your life, and thank goodness it was a strong habit that you established when young. Great to hear that you are continuing with that lifestyle as best you can with your MS. So exciting to hear that you to believe in always keep going, moving and exercising. We are on the same wave length!

  6. Larry Rivera says:

    Hi Holly,

    Good post, I am 34. Ironically I have been training in martial arts for the past 20 years of my life. Just recently since I turned 3o I decided now was a good time to start really focusing in on my health.

    I think the reason why so many people struggle with exercise is because they do much all at once.

    When I decided to get fitter I started with just 2 things.

    1. I woke up 45 minutes early every morning.. I did that for 3 weeks
    2. Then I incorporated meditating did that for another 2 weeks.

    Then slowly I added stuff to it. What was the most important was getting into the habit of waking up 45 min earlier every morning. Once that was easy for me I pushed it I added more time.

    Now I wake up at 4:30 am every morning 7 days a week even on holidays.. It is just part of me.. But in that new found time I run 5 days a week, lift weights 4 days a week. Always………

    Being fit isn’t a thing you do once in awhile it is a total lifestyle change.

    Thanks for sharing,
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    • Holly Fulford-Jeffrey says:

      Hi Larry,
      You have done what most people don’t or won’t. It is truly a lifestyle change and you did it in what I figure is the best way. Trying to make too many “quick” changes is not where it is at.. Like you say too much all at once, which usually results in quitting. You have mad some tremendous changes and your body mind and spirit will truly reap the benefits. Must say 4:30 comes way to early for me… So good on ya! Thanks for commenting!

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