My wife describes me as a workaholic. I don’t totally agree, but I can see where she might get that impression. I get focused on something and, before I know it, an hour has gone by when I meant to only look at something for 5 minutes. Also, I tend to de-emphasize the importance of having fun. I think this is the mental challenge I have with working out.
When I think of working out, I truly look at it like it’s a job. When I think about it, I consider it as requiring hard work, commitment, dedication and focus. Sounds noble enough, right? Here’s the problem — I never look at exercise as a source of fun or stress relief. In fact, my workouts can become stressful when I feel like I’m not meeting goals I have set for myself. Also, because I consider this “work”, I separate it from time with family and friends.
For example, couldn’t I burn some calories running around on a field with my son or walking with the family? How about taking a Saturday and working on a project together. Sure, it’s not a bench press but, it’s activity nonetheless.
I guess what I’m driving at is that, somewhere along the line, I began looking at physical activity as sort of a punishment for the wrong I have done to my body and feel the need to pay my penance through exercise. I believe that this has proven self-defeating for me in the past and is probably the reason for so many of my previous failed efforts. Really, why do we work out? In part, we want to look better but, I believe we also want to have more energy and feel more enjoyment with the activities in which we choose to engage. We want to be able to run and play longer, we want to be able to walk that golf course or drive in for that basket.
It’s time for me to take on the fun side of exercise and seek enjoyment there. Otherwise, I’m just adding hours to my work day.