Updated: Feb 24, 2021
Letting go of the idea that exercise needs to be enjoyable all of the time is a must. We are so tied to the idea that we need to absolutely LOVE and adore everything that we do. The idea that if we don't love something, its just not meant for us needs to end. As harsh as it may seem, it's time to let goooo of that narrative. Some things in life we may never fully enjoy, but doing it is necessary to our well being--exercise being one of them.
There are many of us that don't move our bodies out of simply not enjoying exercise. Some people start working out, love it and never stop. Some struggle with consistency, and others just HATE it. Working out doesn't have to be anything fancy. It doesn't have to be body building, going to the gym, yoga, boxing etc. It doesn't have to be the same thing everyday, mix it up depending on your goals. A long walk one day followed by some light stretching the next is enough. You don't have to workout hard for an hour every single day to get the benefits. We over complicate movement. If moving your body for 20-30 minutes a day is all that fits into your schedule, DO IT. I promise it is enough. 10 minutes? Also enough. There is a solution to everything, no excuses.
Normalize not always wanting to exercise or even not liking it. We need to build the discipline to do things we don't want to do but know that it will better serve our futures, so we do them anyway. Build your mental strength while building your physical. Step outside of your comfort zone. Challenge yourself. We are built to do hard things. Let the feeling of hard work, accomplishing a workout and moving your body lead you in your daily life.
Regardless of your busy schedule or whatever may be standing in the way, your body deserves movement. The mental health benefits are impeccable and the physical benefits are just a plus. Get it done. Your mind and body will thank you.
Take care of yourself, always. Mind, body, and soul.