Why wouldn’t you exercise? Or more precisely, what is keeping from being more active?
Most of us have been young and lazy and taken physical fitness for granted. Unless we are relentlessly athletic, there comes a day when we can no longer depend on our bodies to behave like perfectly tuned machines.
Maybe it’s because nature is through with us at that point. Muscles we never thought about hurt for no reason and other things start to get spooky. Nature is such a bitch.
So why aren’t you more active?
I’m so busy, there’s no time for exercise. Really? You can always find 15 minutes or even 30 to walk a dog. (That app you obsess over will be there when you get back). Take a break from homework and move around.
I don’t like to get sweaty. You don’t have to sweat to get some benefits from moving around. Try just stretching and challenging yourself to reach past your toes or making sure you can always extend to that stupid spot in the middle of your back. I’m pretty sure yoga originated from frustrations with things like that.
I don’t want anyone to see me working out. You can dance in the basement. The cats do not judge. Much. Twenty minutes is about six songs, so make a dancing queen play list. ABBA is totally optional.
Exercise is so boring. You may need to try something else, or recruit a workout buddy. Every morning I’m at the gym, I see two women who just walk in the pool and chat the entire time. What can be a lot less interesting than who do you do that what with.
I am lazy. Of course you are. Surges of laziness take over all of us at times, but laziness won’t get you anywhere you want to be. Why not be lazy when you’re sore from that awesome workout you had yesterday? Be lazy when you’re sleeping like a baby because of that fantastic hike you took through the woods. You get the idea: earn that lazy time.
At this point, I’m just nagging, so poke around and look for some inspiration. I’ll point you to Nerd Fitness, because even if they are a little conspiracy-heavy and paleo-bent, it’s a really fun site to monkey around in.
You have fewer years than you think to get ahead of the natural entropy that is coming for your flexibility and strength. Don’t wait to get more active. Why would you?