Perhaps it’s a bit much to ask the average Jill to enjoy exercise. It is possible – there are many that do. But your average every day person has hard time with it. Witness all the resolutions that end up in the dust bin. You don’t think people actually buy treadmills because they have decided that that is the best possible place to hang clothes, do you?
There are a couple of things at work here. The first thing is that we as animals are designed to do the least possible work. Evolution mandates that you expend enough energy to track down food and mate. That’s about it. There is no ingrained drive to make sure you have toned abs or a killer butt. Humans have to rely on their higher brain functions to fool themselves into thinking that that’s a good idea.
Now some people do manage to connect the idea of staying in shape with the primal urge to procreate. You will see them at the gym and on the street. They are hard to miss because they are incredible physical specimens that never miss a run or a lifting session. But that is probably not you.
So no matter what you are probably going to have to convince yourself on a daily basis to get up off your laziness and do some sort of physical activity, if for no other reason than that you have something against dying young. You can make this easier on yourself by finding an activity or series of activities that you enjoy at least a bit.
Stop expecting that you are going to find something to do that excites you every day. That’s not likely to happen, and it’s really not likely to happen if you never get off the couch and try new stuff. Perhaps you can motivate yourself by finding a like-minded group of people who get together to go hiking or something. Having other people that you enjoy spending time with who expect you to be there can help a lot with the initial inertia involved in getting out the door when there’s chores to do or binge watching to be done.
Or maybe you just do’t get excited by spending time with others (you should, by the way. It’s one of the big factors in longevity.) In that case you are going to have to find a solitary pursuit that interests you. Have you tried jogging recently? Just because you hated to run when you were younger doesn’t mean that you still do. It could be that your preferences have changed and you are doing yourself a disfavor by not revisiting this simple form of exercise. After walking, running has to be about the easiest and most inexpensive way to get in shape there is.
If running is just not your cup of tea, then maybe have a look at the old standby. Every kid likes to bike, and most adults likely enjoy the simple pleasure of moving through the countryside on top of a two wheeler. Where the idea runs into trouble is in our youth when we join the ideas of exercise with the images of the Tour de France and multi speed road bikes. The truth is that getting in a bit of shape riding a bike doesn’t have to involve bombing down the highway on top of some skinny tired technological marvel.
Check out the new hybrid bikes. For example a single speed beach cruiser might be just the ticket for you. A bicycle like this can truly take you back in time when there was only biking. Just hop on and go, no worries about shifting gears, nor about if you are pushing yourself hard enough. You’re trying to get in a bit of shape while having a good time, not trying to impress anybody with your acumen.
That’s just a couple-three ideas, I’m sure if you think a bit you’ll come up with something that you enjoy that involves at least a bit of movement. Gardening, yoga, frisbee. Anything that gets you moving at all is good for you. It doesn’t have to be that hard.