Have you ever been forced to do something you don’t want to do? It doesn’t matter if you are a kid, teen or an adult, the chances are that yes you have. It can include anything from homework… housework…taking the dog for a walk…cleaning out the shed…the list goes on. You know the feeling…put it off as long as possible but eventually you have to face it.
For a lot of people exercise is high on that list. They don’t enjoy exercise; perhaps they haven’t found a way to do it that’s enjoyable for them. But eventually something happens and they realise there’s no way of avoiding it any longer. So they resign themselves and join the local fitness centre.
Gyms and fitness centres are the first choice for most people that want to get fit, lose weight and improve their health. After all, you see them everywhere, 24 hr gyms with row after row of treadmills and people pounding away….while watching the clock and wishing it was over.
Plenty of people can be there in the gym with you but generally it’s a solitary activity. Some people are on the treadmills wearing earphones or watching a screen; others are using weight machines and moving from machine to machine. In the background music is playing to try and create a feeling of friendliness. Few people stop to chat, they just want to get it over and done with.
What do you think they are thinking… “Wow this is so much fun!” – or “ Just 15 more minutes and I can get out of here.” The bottom line is there is no emotional attachment or stimulation.
Now let’s have a look at you during your training in the branch. How much stimulation do you have when your training partner is whizzing a spinning heel kick toward you? Every sense is alert, you sway away and you’re ready to counter, you are 100% focused on what you are doing. Your body and mind are fully engaged and you are enjoying training with somebody else.
You are helping them and they are helping you and that is the most enjoyable way to train. It holds your mind. There is no time for your mind to wander you’re totally focused one hundred percent in the moment. It’s a great feeling.
The drop-out rate at fitness centres is very high because people don’t often get that feeling when they train. They just want to get their training over with so they can go home.
If you train at anything make sure it’s something you like and want to do. When you enjoy your activity it becomes more than exercise for your physical health it gives you mental satisfaction too so inspires you to want to do it more. It doesn’t mean every day is a good day, naturally there are highs and lows but that’s part of the enjoyment, and you have to enjoy your exercise or you will never stick at it.