Fun fact: I absolutely HATE running.
This is probably a vastly different opinion from most physiotherapists that you know, but there it is. I HATE running.
The thought of going out for a run actually makes me feel a bit sick.
I hate how I’m out of breath after about 20 seconds. I loathe the feeling of soreness in my feet when I get home. And I really hate how I get chafing between my thighs.
It’s not for me. I don’t enjoy it.
AND THAT IS OK.
Sure, if you like running YOU GO RIGHT AHEAD! But if you are forcing yourself to run because you think you HAVE to, please know you don’t.
The amount of people that force themselves to do exercise that they hate ASTOUNDS me. Now, I’m not just talking about running, I’m talking about any type of exercise you do that you hate.
Maybe you hate the gym? Or maybe it’s swimming?
My question to you is – if you hate it, then WHY on earth are you doing it?
Doing exercise to keep fit is one thing. Exercise is definitely very good for you. In fact, the guidelines from the World Health Organisation say that we adults should exercise at a moderate intensity for 150 minutes per week.
The fact that we should exercise is for our health is a no brainer. And the cool thing is, there are so many fun, different and interesting types of exercise out there to do. Dancing, yoga, hiking, bike riding, Pilates, the list is endless!
So why, out of all the options out there, are you choosing to do a type of exercise that you really hate?
For me, I know that I used to try running because I thought it would make me fitter and slimmer. I would force myself through kilometre after kilometre of agonising pain, all in the name of keeping myself “looking good”.
I think I must have had this internal mindset that unless I felt like I was working REALLY hard during exercise and hating every second of it, it wasn’t going to keep me fit. Additionally, I think I lost sight of what was good for my health, and instead was focussed on what I looked like on the outside.
Have you ever felt the same?
The funny thing is though, so many different types of exercise have great benefits for our health. The trick is finding exercise you enjoy.
For me, I love walking my dog Lenny every morning, and completing yoga and Pilates a few times per week. This is more than enough to satisfy my health requirements of 150mins per week. And what’s more? I actually enjoy doing it.
When you start looking for ways to ENJOY your exercise, funnily enough it becomes SO much easier.
So STOP running if you hate it. Why not try dancing, or yoga or netball instead? 🙂 And please remember – you can be healthy, as you are. Health does not come from the outside, it comes from the inside – with love and kindness.