I think this is an interesting subject, adn something I would like to see an article or at least a thread reply from a professional (coach, psychologist?) on. My w/out buddy has this issue with his spouse, as she complains about her body getting flabby, then thinks 10 minutes walking on the treadmill will make a difference. This despite the fact that he lifts, and looks better than most I have seen pics of on this forum.
For my part, this problem was accidentally solved recently. We have a (very)small horse farm, and my sweetie does all the outside work. Relatively little of it cannot be done with a tractor / frontloader, however. LSS, she hurt her back lifting a 50 lb bag of feed. Off she goes to see my Chiro.'s who also run a fitness center. They prescribe a series of adjustments, stretching and - I love it 4 x week workouts. Granted, a lot of it is machine / rehab work, but after only three weeks, there is a visible difference. Even better, her friends are pointing it out to her.
Still, I am a little concerned that she may not continue once the treatment cycle is done. Prof. replys inut welcome.