Exercise is boring
   
     

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Common knowledge

Most people know that eating healthily is good for you. They know approximately what to eat and how much.
But how many people really eat well?

The same is true of exercise. Virtually everyone is well aware that exercise can significantly improve your fitness.
So why doesn't everyone exercise?


2 reasons

There are 2 simple reasons why most people don't exercise:

  1. Boredom

  2. Hard work
     

Boredom

If you look at a popular form of exercise such as running, it is easy to see why many people don't exercise.
Running is not mentally complex or physically sophisticated.
It essentially involves doing the same thing again and again and again.
This is why people often wear headphones and play music: often they are bored.


Hard work

Running is hard work.
If you persist with running and enjoy the experience, the sensation of running and the endorphin can make running fun.
Most forms of exercise are repetitive and hard work.
Working hard is actually part of what makes it 'exercise'
.


The blast

M
any people go for an exercise 'blast' once a week and then suffer afterwards.
People go from sitting stationary for long hours each day to suddenly undertaking rigorous, demanding exercise.
They are unfit, not supple, not flexible and the muscles have become weak.
There is little or no bodily awareness.


Side effects of a 'blast'

Poor alignment, unrealistic ambitions and a failure to warm-up thoroughly enough result in health problems
.

Many people go to the gym, lift heavy weights and then suffer from injuries, or run with an unhealthy, unbalanced, tension-filled technique.
Would-be martial artists do no training all week and yet expect to engage in challenging combat uninjured...


Does exercise need to be hard work?

There is some leeway in terms of what 'hard work' constitutes.
Normally when people think of hard work, they associate this with puffing and panting, getting out of breath, exertion and strain.
These can be avoided.
 

It's difficult to find any sport or activity that can top kung fu as an overall form of exercise.

(Adam Hsu)

 

Does exercise need to be boring?

No.
There are certain forms of exercise that require you to engage more fully with the activity. Most martial arts fall into this category.
Deepening your knowledge and understanding is essential
.
A superficial level of practice is inadequate.


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Page created 18 April 2005
Last updated 18 May 2017