”People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.”
I was going to post the epic conclusion to yesterday’s post on fasting, which is mostly already written, but I got wrapped up in another thought this morning. If you have stumbled your way into my spec of the interwebz at Hey Joob, you likely fit into one or two exceedingly small niches:
- You like to lift heavy things and move them around for s’s & g’s.
- You eat paleo.
- You’re new to it all and hoping to learn something. (I’m not sure I’m your best resource, but that’s a debate for another time.)
While I love you all, unfortunately, this keeps me sheltered and forgetful of….everyone else.
This morning I did something I haven’t done in months. I got up early. I drank a cup of coffee and hauled myself to the gym. I plugged into a podcast and walked on the treadmill for 45 minutes. WWWHHHHHYYYYYYY?!
(I googled imaged “WHY” and got that cat. I loved it, despite its creepiness.)
I did it because I don’t move enough and walking is good for you. GOT IT?! No, really. Listen… I love to lift. I would do it every day if it didn’t leave me feeling like total crap. I’m not so eager about cardio. Short intervals and longer, steady state alike. So when I’ve worked 8 hours a day and then go to the gym, I want to get my work done, go home, eat dinner, and sit on my fat ass.
This means I lift. It also means my cardio has been dwindled down to none + sporadic conditioning work because it’s short. Call me lazy, I don’t care. As human beings, however, we’re meant to move a lot more than the 3.5-4 hours a week I get in from lifting.
I’M GOING TO MOVE MORE STARTING AN HOUR AND A HALF AGO. For general health mind you, not fat loss. (I have no idea how that endeavor is going, btw. I guess it’s okay? I don’t care.) It really wasn’t so bad with a podcast to keep my mind occupied.
This whole thing got me thinking, however.
Lifting heavy is ideal for building strong, healthy, and vibrant lives with bodies that reflect that. But….BUT. Not everyone likes lifting. Shock. I know. This is where I am going to get skewered or disowned by my readers:
I think it is crucial people do what they like, even if it is not lifting.
If you tell me you genuinely like spending hours a week on the treadmill, elliptical, stepper, whatever then get to it. If you like running, run. If you like walking, walk. If you like dancing nekked in your living room to dubstep, dance nekked in your living room to dubstep. (And pull down the blinds so your neighbors can’t see you)
Fact. If you don’t genuinely enjoy doing what you’re doing, you’re not going to do it. Or, at least, you won’t keep it up. Like me and cardio except I am going to keep it up (lulz). Mama Joob said something that really struck me a few months ago. Really, it was something another woman said to her.
(I’m paraphrasing.) “Keep coming and working hard, but not to the point where you stop enjoying it.”
That’s what she does. She started going with her friends and was enjoying it for a time. Then it got tedious, she stopped liking it, working out became work, and she went less often. (Sound familiar?) Then a woman said that to her and guess what? She’s still going to the gym months later because she started listening to her body and does it in a way that’s enjoyable. If she wants to stop…she stops.
Is she squatting and deadlifting? Not likely. Do I care? Hell no. I’m so freaking proud of her it’s unbelievable.
Another case that I think is just ridiculously awesome is my friend’s daughter. She made a new years resolution to run every day of 2012. You better believe she has run every day this year. She even got up at midnight one night to run because she was going on a class trip that day and wouldn’t be able to otherwise. Talk about drive and motivation.
My point is this:
I’ll take sub-optimal any day (and encourage it) over nothing at all.
Outside of our “heavy lifting rocks everything else sucks” universe, the world is still going and people are still living their lives. Jobs, bills, families, trips, sickness, etc. all still keep happening and not everyone can prioritize moving like those of us who drink the lifting Kool-Aid.
Though, I do still think everyone should lift.