In Colorado this week, I had the incredible experience of watching the Rockies play the Cincinnati Reds. I watched the players sprint like crazy to catch a fly ball and throw their bodies on the ground to reach a base.
This got me to thinking:
Exercise feels effortless if it’s part of a game.
These players are more focused on getting their opponents “out” than how their muscles might ache from physical activity.
I remember playing sports in high school and not even realizing I was physically exhausted until after the game, whereas now my physical pain is usually the first thing on my mind while working out in the gym.
Our main mission on our health and fitness journeys should then be to MAKE EXERCISE FUN, so that you don’t notice you’re working out.
The problem with exercising occurs when exercise is the ONLY thing you’re focusing on. If you’re focusing on running 3 miles just for the sake of running, you might easily get bored or annoyed that you’re just stuck running for what seems like an eternity. However, if you’re running during a soccer game, you get so focused on dribbling the ball down the field or defending your goalie to realize that you have been running for 20 minutes straight.
If you used to be an athlete but have been struggling to even go for a run recently, join an intramural sports team! Go play with a local team once a week, maybe get a group of friends to play basketball or volleyball at a local gym.
Another idea is to make exercising a social event, so that the exercise comes naturally and feels effortless. If your friends want to all hangout, suggest going for a walk around the river, or take a dance class all together! Use your companionship as an excuse to get active.
Exercise with a purpose: Hike to see a beautiful view, Rock-climb to reach the top of the cliff, Sprint to catch a fly-ball, use your core and arms to box an opponent, squat to dig a volleyball, jump to catch a football, etc.
You can work all of your muscle groups without realizing it if you just trick yourself into making exercise FUN.
I’m curious, how do you guys like to make exercising fun? Do you prefer just going solo to the gym, or do you like to do it as part of a group? What keeps the spark alive for you?
Pics from the game
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