“…. to go into a cold gym takes a lot of discipline, boy, I’ll tell ya. … I never liked to exercise, but I like results.” Jack LaLanne
I was reading on one of the many Facebook pages I belong to and someone was asking about not feeling up to a workout. Some
of the responses suggested that workouts must be fun. As I read them I had to ask myself two questions:
Are my workouts fun? Do they need to be?
My exercise routine is spit into two portions:
Strength training, in which I use weight lifting.
Endurance training, in which I use a combination of jogging, sprints and rope skipping.
Yes, I will admit that there is something exhilarating about pitting myself against cold, unyielding iron. I look forward to my mornings in the gym. If I am pressed for time, I always get in some sort of weight training. While I do relish weightlifting, I’m not sure if the word fun would be an apt descriptor.
When it comes to jogging; I like the the time alone, free from distractions, outside enjoying the weather, but do I have fun? Not really. I am not even sure I even enjoy the activity itself. I am not really built for running, either physically or mentally, but because of the results I attain, I get out there and I do it.
I am not sure if fun should be part of the criteria for going out and exercising or even in the choice of a particular exercise. I pick and chose my routine for the results I am going to achieve. When I am bulking up and adding strength, my weight training is slower and the weights I use are much heavier. I still jog, but I cover less distance and I do it at a much slower pace. When I a leaning out, I decrease the poundage and I move much quicker. I cover more distance when I jog, I do it at a faster pace and I include rope skipping and sprints.
No matter what my particular goal is, I always include both progressive resistance and endurance training. They both contribute to the overall result I am looking to achieve.
Is fun important? I guess it could be, but it isn’t a requirement. Exercise should be done to improve the overall quality of life. While I don’t really consider my exercise routine fun, it makes much of the other activities that I engage in much more fun. When I was in Chiropractic school I spent hours upon hours studying for classes, quizzes, exams and boards. Did I have fun during all that study time? I would have to say no, but it was necessary to achieve my goal. I look at exercise much the same way. My goal in regards to exercise is not to have fun during my exercise time; it is to achieve an improved level of fitness. The fun is in the results —
-because I am fit, I am able to hike longer and more difficult trails.
-because I am fit, I am able to participate more actively in beach and ocean activities
-because I am fit, I am able to live every aspect of my life much fuller and with much greater joy.
So, is fun a requirement when it comes to choosing an exercise routine? Perhaps to some, but it wasn’t to Jack LaLanne and it really isn’t to me. I am much more concerned with the results of the exercises I pick. Taking into account travel to the track, then to the gym, showering and dressing — only about ninety minutes of my day is focused on exercise. While fun is nice; I prefer effectiveness, which in turn improves the quality of the remaining twenty-two and a half hours (and, yes, I sleep better because of exercise) of my day.
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