......And Stop Dreading To Do Workouts

When I played football in college, coaches always came up with exercises (bear crawls to name one) to torture us and make us tougher....we hated those type of exercises....so now, I do those exercises that I like, when I like them.

For instance, the other day, my cardio workout consisted of 20 minutes of step ups for interval cardio. Why? Because that's what I felt like doing that day. And, it was tough but I didn't hate to do them.

The lesson? You are more likely to stay with your exercise program if you pick exercises that you enjoy. There are tons of exercises out there so you can be creative. If you dread your workouts, then you will quit sooner rather than later.

Check out this comment from my friend Corey (follow her at See Corey Run) also known as Cyberpenguin. She loves to run. So, guess what? She runs alot for exercise and she will run you into the ground!

Hi Mark,

Thank you so much for writing this article! We need more people like yourself, who are strong advocates of moderate, natural, & credible approaches to fitness & nutrition!

Of course, you are absolutely correct that taking superficial shortcuts won't give us long-lasting health/fitness. Taking this path is almost always counter-productive!

I think the larger issue is that people get so focused on obtaining results by any means necessary, that they forget to enjoy the process itself.

While health & fitness are undoubtedly important, I think that the means are just as important as the ends. It's so important to find the fun in fitness; yes, it takes effort, but too often people treat the activity like it's some form of corporal punishment. ;-) It doesn't have to be that way!

It's ultimately more effective to retrain our brains, refocus our energies, & start thinking about fitness & health in more productive & sensible ways.



Enough said! Now, go have fun and stop dreading your workouts!

Train hard and smart!

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Mark Dilworth, BA, PES
Your Fitness University
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  2. Good post, Mark! I think that "where" you exercise factors in too. For instance, it's hard to work-out indoors when it's gorgeous outside, and it's more enjoyable (for me) to run on trails then around a track. I like your site because you present a lot of work-out options, making it easier to keep it "fun"!

  3. Thanks for the visit Bryan! I'll check out your site!

  4. Thanks Heather...I don't think you ever dread working out! Life just gets crazy busy sometimes...

  5. Hi Mark,

    Choosing our own exercises has to be one of the big plusses of being an adult athlete, eh? ;-)

    Just wanted to say thanks again so much for featuring my comment in this post. I'm very touched & honored by your gesture.

    [I know you've already seen & replied to my thank you in Twitter a few days ago, but I thought I'd thank you again here. I'm sure you won't mind. ;-)]

    "You are more likely to stay with your exercise program if you pick exercises that you enjoy." Well said. That thought pretty much sums it all up quite nicely!

    And speaking of enjoyable experiences, it's been a real pleasure reading your posts: Not only is your blog well-written & full of high-quality content, but you write interesting & informative articles on such a wide variety of health & fitness related subjects. Thanks so much for generously sharing your expertise with all of us!



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Mark Dilworth is a Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist and since 2006 he has owned Your Fitness University, Her Fitness Hut, My Fitness Hut, Sports Fitness Hut.

Mark has helped thousands of clients and readers make lifestyle changes that lead to better long-term health, which includes acceptable body fat and ideal body weight.He does not recommend fad diets, quick weight loss gimmicks, starvation diets, weight loss pills, fat burner supplements and the like.

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