“The only way to truly conquer something is to love it.”
- Christopher McDougall
I wouldn’t be nearly as active as I am if I didn’t love working out and learning new skills. Forcing ourselves to exercise because we think we should or because we want to look a certain way isn’t healthy. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t work out, it just means you have to find a type of exercise you enjoy! Don’t enjoy any kind of exercise? Maybe you can learn to love it by changing your mindset. What if you started telling yourself that working out makes you feel great, that you love that feeling of accomplishment afterwards? When I was doing CrossFit, I’d tell people how much fun it was and they looked at me like I was insane. But when I go into a crazy difficult workout with that mentality, it’s not nearly as bad as you'd think, and I feel amazing at the end. You might not even have to believe you love something at first, just start telling yourself you love it, and the more you drill that into your brain the more true it will become.
After reading 'Born to Run,' I felt inspired to go out and run, something I’d always hated, because I WANTED to love running. I’ve been running a few times a week, but really it’s more like run-walking (I run half the time and walk half the time). I don’t have a goal distance or a set amount of time to run for, it’s just nice to get outside in the morning, and sometimes see the sunrise.