Raise your hand if this has happened to you – the ever-shifting plan to exercise, join a gym or go for a good’ol morning run. The excuses keep changing from work-overload, personal commitments or the standard all-weather ‘lack of time’. Well, if Barack Obama can have time to exercise, you should seriously consider that last excuse of yours.
Let’s be honest for a moment – we do not exercise not because we simply don’t want to. That would be idiotic. But we find it exhausting, painful and downright boring. Imagine yourself aimlessly running on a treadmill for an hour. You get the picture, right?
We all know the obvious benefits of exercising – better health, fitter body yada yada. You know the SOP. Yet we don’t do it, why? The answer to what we do with our time lies in whether we enjoy it or not.
Like most things in life we either do stuff which we enjoy or which pays really well (did I say bankers?). Gym/exercise doesn’t fall in either category for us mortal beings, except for the 1% of strong-willed superhumans who find the mojo in hurting their body. That too at the first strike of sunshine. Since you are still reading this, chances are high that you do not belong to that 1%. Read on.
How about we all pick a sport? Any sport – even Pokémon Go will do (think of all walking). And play it regularly. Isn’t playing a sport much more fun? It also goes much beyond the simple health benefits – weight control, less hypertension, stronger immunity etc. It grooms your mind, strengthens the spirit and builds your character. There’s a strong scientific reason as to why we idolize sportsmen. Our minds perceive them as these superior species who’ve overcome the trap of mediocrity which we normal being suffer from.