The Oprah magazine (January 2011) featured a series of articles on tips for weight loss and fitness. The saga began with the story of a lady who didn’t like going to the gym because of her size. She felt embarrassed and uncomfortable and very much aware that she wasn’t one of “them.” She felt that gyms were too intimidating. This is an excuse that often isn’t mentioned in articles about motivation. You must admit though that most of the people using the gym, especially during peak hours, are looking pretty fine.
When you are older or overweight you don’t like looking at yourself in the mirror. Wall to wall mirrors do make it easier to track your progress, but they do make you feel like you need a full make-up job before you go. You don’t even know what to wear. When you are old or you are fat there is no way you are going to look acceptable in one of those skinny leotards. You feel that everyone is looking at you and you end up not feeling good about yourself at all. You probably don’t like looking at perky anorexic trainers or rabid bikers spinning away to a loud beat either.
Yes, people will look at you. What else is there to do but look at yourself in the mirror or at other people who are just as miserable as you are? What you don’t know is that they are admiring you and cheering you on. When people see your 89 years or your 300 pound self, they are smiling because they are glad that you are there, and they are proud of you.
Many people who exercise don’t love exercising. Most people don’t even own a pair of workout shoes. It is hard to spend big bucks on something you are just going to sweat in. I am convinced that the endorphin high that you are supposing to experience is a myth. If you are like me you may never actually learn to love exercise, but you are going to love what exercise will do for you.
Exercise aversion is rampant, but people were born to move. When you don’t move you increase your risk for every ailment known to man. This should be a good enough reason to get you off from the couch, to the gym, or around the block. The real challenge is to get past that resistance to activity. Everyone needs a reason to be active. Until you have a reason you will never be able to stick to an exercise program. Be proud of yourself. No matter what your age or your weight you should be proud that you are doing something to make you healthier and stronger.