And that’s how it is. We do best when we involve ourselves in activities that move us. When I hear someone say I really “should” start running, I know running is not for them.
Running is for me but it might not be for you. For me…it captures my imagination. When I see roads, hills and trails, I always imagine what it would be like to run there. I drive out of my way just to see people run. I recognize people by their running gait. I’ll enjoy going to the high school track and watching people train. I’ll get up in the middle of the night just to watch a running relay come through my town. I love watching a fast graceful runner…but I’m just as interested in someone who is ambling along at a pace a little faster than a walk.
For my wife, it’s dance. Running is a drag. She can dance for hours and barely notice all the energy she’s expended. She’s done it since she was a little girl. In fact, whatever you loved as a child is often a hint at what will move you in the present day. You may have to replace hide-and-go-seek with training for obstacle racing but your childhood loves can serve as a clue as to what will work now.
There is discipline involved and resistance to be overcome. But for it to last…there needs to be a spark…a bit of passion.
The best exercise program is the one you do. The child in you knows what that is.