“I hate running.”
People say this a lot to me, more frequently than one would expect. Usually after telling me they hate running, they then tell me how much they dread each step and how each mile is pure torture.
I don’t get it. If you don’t like running, then don’t run.
By no means am I saying stop exercising, but if you hate what you’re doing for exercise, then it’s time to find something else.
It’s funny, because we get stuck in these routines of what we ‘have’ to do. Whether it’s something we read in an article online, or it’s something we’ve always done, it’s easy to get stuck in the same routine, even if you generally hate the exercise you do.
Over the last few weeks of being injured, I have swum laps every single day. And this has led me to the conclusion that I hate swimming. If I never swam another lap again for the rest of my life, I’d be okay with it. I have swum off and on my entire life, and I just don’t enjoy it anymore.
So, when I think about how I feel about swimming (not positively), I understand what it’s like to dread exercise. The only reason I have been swimming is because it was my only option. And when it comes down to it, I’d rather swim than do nothing.
But when I am cleared to run, and get back into my regular schedule, my cap and goggles will be banished again to the back of the laundry room.
Find something you are passionate about! I never dread running. I honestly look forward to each run. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes, runs REALLY suck, but I have never thought, “I wish I never had to run again.”
For so long, I slaved away on the elliptical machine because I thought I “had” to. For so long, I picked up five-pound weights and did long, high-rep low-weight sessions because I thought that was what I was supposed to do. It wasn’t until I tried crossfit in 2012 that I realized I preferred using a barbell and lifting heavy. Now? I enjoy going down the weight room and even though I am pretty weak, all things considered, I still feel pretty badass doing heavy (for me) deadlifts.
And, man, that feeling for me after a good run? Nothing beats it.
So, if you are not enjoying your exercise routine, find something else. Find something that makes getting up at 5 a.m. a little easier, or something you actually look forward to doing after work. It’s a game changer.