I was thinking what to say when people say they want to get in shape but are daunted by what they see as back-breaking workouts and eating alfalfa and only drinking mineral water.
I think many people can feel that the basics of fitness are what “other” people do, different people, people filled with a determination so fierce that it could level mountains.
The thing is I don’t think if you were to somehow measure my determination it would be off the scale. Like most of here I think I enjoy it all. Maybe not the eating part, as if really healthy food isn’t put right in front of my damn face I’ll eat poorly sometimes, but the exercise is rewarding and fulfilling and I noticed that I don’t really need to motivate myself in the sense that I need to convince myself that I MUST DO THIS kind of thing.
So the main point of this is I was thinking the best way to get people we know that are genuine about getting in shape but think they’re not the right kind of person is I compare it to a movie or TV show that you formerly didn’t watch and perhaps thought it was stupid, but then you saw that movie or TV show and noticed that yeah…that show is pretty good! You’ve now converted. You’re no longer on the outside of that thing, you’re inside and enjoying it.
I know that’s kind of weird way to describe to people how it feels but I think it’s a good one.
I had this for The Lord of the Rings novels. In the 80s before I read them I said to people when it came up that it sounded like a bunch of goofy fairy crap with magical elves and shit. Then I finally read the first book before the first movie came out and am now a believer so to speak.
I really think that many people think that exercise is hard work that will feel like the work they already do from 9 to 5 and don;t want to do any more.
I get up at 5:30Am to go to the gym and I know how that sounds to the people I work with when you tell them you’ve already been up for 4 hours and lifted and run a few miles. But I try not to let them see it as that big of a deal. I mean you can sort of just say “Yeah, well I’m just that cool.” after they say that but I won’t do that.
But I’ve also thought this: How many magazines are devoted to digging ditches? How many people will pay about fifty bucks a month to dig ditches? But we will do that for exercise.
Sorry to go on so long but it was an idea I had that might be a good thing to try to tell to those you love this new year.