Fail Me Not: How to find ways to enjoy exercise

For those who have embraced and enjoy exercise, you deserve plenty of credit.

You’re the exception, not the rule.

That’s because roughly 10 to 13 percent of the general population belong to a gym, suggesting that consistent exercise and having a routine that consists of 30 minutes of exercise per day, three to five days a week, isn’t a reality for most.

Even if you consider of that 10 to 13 percent figure that some people work out at home, buy workout DVDs or stream exercise routines, that number only grows marginally at best.

The biggest reason individuals don’t workout typically centers on time, and not having enough of it.

But as much as that is the politically correct answer, one sentiment surfaces to the top more often than not.

You just hate exercise, period.

Very few enjoy the idea of working out, much less finding that time, making it a priority or really relishing sore muscles and 30 minutes to an hour or more of your life that you’ll justify can be spent doing something much more enjoyable or necessary.

The country has an obesity problem, and while some link it rightfully back to our diet and how we eat, you can’t discount a lack of exercise as a contributing to overwhelming factor behind more than half of the population considered obese at this point.

The key to solving your exercise dilemma is finding a way to change how you perceive this.

Maybe exercise will never be a desired end game for you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t adopt a program or regimen that works for you, on any number of levels.

Those who have broken through that detestable mode of how they view exercise often have to find a means to burn calories and break a sweat that doesn’t include the monotony of the treadmill or the confusion that abounds when you’re staring down the barrel of weights, machines and equipment that looks foreign to you.

Think about things like dance classes, playing basketball or doing something that means more to you than the uncomfortably of being in a gym setting. Those who boast success will tell you they had a lot of trial and error to find what fit them, made them feel comfortable and slowly but surely going back one visit after another.

In addition to finding your love of exercise, you need to find a way to be accountable for it, once you’ve found some sort of rhythm. Maybe you’d like to track what you’re doing if you’re statistically inclined or maybe you want a workout partner to make sure you’re going to the gym.

You may never truly “bond” with exercise in a way that some do, but the end result is about a healthier lifestyle and weight loss, even if your love of exercise is more of an upgrade to simply liking it.