Mind over matter is what matters in the gym

I could use a little Hanz and Franz about now: “We just want to pump [clap] you up!”

I’m adding weight training to my exercise regime. My excitement about this does not approach the level of Hanz and Franz.

After I wrote “Quiet time on the running trail” a few weeks back and got a number of comments thanks to being Freshly Pressed, I was a little bit surprised about the number of folks who admired my dedication but admitted they never exercise.

As someone who walks or runs 20 miles a week, every week, that admission ranks right up there with “I don’t brush my teeth.” As is obvious by people-watching at the local Wal-Mart, I know many people don’t exercise, but gosh, your body is designed to move — is immobility how you really want it? Some commenters expressed aspirations to exercise, but some of them seemed perfectly content with a life of idle repose.

Then I heard a National Public Radio report on senior citizens being disappointed about their golden years that said one-third of seniors exercise less in retirement than they did while working. Well, on the bright side, two-thirds are exercising more, but still, did you really retire so you could spend more time watching the Game Show Network? That’s sad.

Admitting that I’m generally biased in favor of exercising regularly, I’m still irrationally dreading weight training two or three times a week at the local fitness center.

I just hate lifting weights.

It’s hard.

It’s boring.

As an ectomorph, the results are generally invisible.

Humph. I suppose this is exactly the way sedentary people feel about running.

How to avoid hypocrisy? I am engaging my logical mind to overcome my foot-dragging emotions: A stronger core will make me a better runner. Stronger triceps will reduce comparisons of my arms to a turkey’s neck. Stronger shoulders will balance out my perimenopausal hips. I’ll start small and commit to only twice a week. I’ll reward myself by soaking in the hot tub.

I share this, not to annoy the sedentary (hey, it’s your body, and I subscribe to a live-and-let-live philosophy, so have at it), but rather to inspire those of you who think you might like to step it up in the exercise department. Use your head, and maybe your body will follow.

4 responses to “Mind over matter is what matters in the gym

  1. I hate doing anything just to do it, so for me, it help to set a goal. For example, I am currently training for the warrior dash. I have approximately 9 months to prepare my body to jump over rusty cars, climb ropes, and wade through mud. Doing cardio on its own is not going to get me ready for that. I do at least 45 minutes of strength training 3 to 4 times per week. So! Set a goal and get going! 🙂

  2. Good for you. I’ve been practicing yoga for ten years now, but I’d like to add something totally different. Maybe not weights though… maybe something loud, like Zumba.

  3. This makes me smile coming from the lady who used to hate to exercise much less run. Weights are so much easier than running. Sometimes you get to sit down whendoing them. And some times you csn even lay down! Cant do that running. I read somewhere that if a person had to choose betwwen cardio and strength training, strength training woukd come out on top. It gives you good posture which makes you look younger and stronger bones. Not to mention a stronger more toned body. Good for you! You’ve inspired me with you running already and now with strength training too. Oh, and bigger muscles burn more calories too!

  4. minnesotatransplant

    Wow! It helps to have cheerleaders, too! Thanks!

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