The Reluctant Exerciser
On any one day, any of us can be a reluctant exerciser. We’re there at the gym but wonder why because we don’t feel like exercising.
You can tell when people come in the door and hear the standard greeting ” Good morning, how are you?” and don’t really answer. Instead they mumble something about not feeling very energetic, make a slight grimace and point to a body part, or shrug as if to say, “Who knows?”
You can also see that some feel a little apprehension. Their eyes quickly survey the equipment they’ll soon be using to gauge the difficulty of the workout. Their faces say it all: “Ugh, those battling ropes,” “Oh, oh, a crawling obstacle,” “Oh, no, there’s the rope, here go my quads,” “Please, anything but kettlebells…”
This is a very normal reaction. When you know you are going to exert like we do in The Younger Games (or a good home workout for that matter) and sweat, breath hard, and feel some discomfort, it’s not surprising one part of you would like to go get a cup of hot coffee and find a nice spot to sit and watch paddle boarders on the Deschutes. Even very committed and experience exercisers feel this once in a while.
Sometimes that reluctance comes from fear an old injury will get aggravated, or performance anxiety because you’ll be judged by trainers and the rest of the class, or you feel run down, stressed, not with it.
The good news is you are there, whether reluctant or not, ready to go, for better or worse. (When the reluctance is really acute, you’ll find an excuse and not be.)
The great miracle of exercise is that if you do it, you get benefits which are almost automatic. One is that as you get deeper into the workout and feel the burn of working muscles, the feel good endorphins start to flow and flood your entire body.
After your workout, the muscles relax and your pulse returns to normal, but the exercise afterglow lasts for hours. You wonder why you felt so reluctant to do something that makes you feel so good.