“Whenever I get the urge to exercise, I lie down until the feeling passes away.”
The quote above, and its variants, is regularly – incorrectly – attributed to Mark Twain. It strikes the funny bone because we resonate with the resistance to, the rebellion against, doing something that is a pain, but that we feel might benefit us. In the interest of serving the needs of the “sweat averse,” I’ll let you in on a dirty little secret: Not everyone who gets into shape is totally in love with exercise.
There’s no denying that you’ve met the type – you know, the glassy-eyed, hyper-enthusiast, chirping about being a morning person and following their exercise-induced bliss, etc. But I’m arguing that that is not a required attitude for getting results nor is it the fuel most people burn to get great results. How do they do it? They start with a reason that is greater, more important and meaningful to them, than their resistance. Blowing off steam, in order to create. Tumbling with the grand kids. Achieving a PR in the deadlift. What will your reason be?