Why People Don’t Exercise
How many times a week do you see or hear in the news about the nation’s obesity epidemic? We hear over and over again about the increasing percentage of the U.S. population that is overweight and obese. While there are multiple factors contributing to the nations health problem, one element is that people simply find it difficult to fine the time and just don’t exercise. One reason for this is that productive exercise in its truest form, just isn’t fun.
We have discussed how exercise trends are promoted through the fitness industry, and how many of these trends are a result of those in the fitness field trying to make it easier for individuals to exercise. There’s just one major problem with this: as you make exercise easier, the benefits and results you’ll get from it will diminish.
Let’s step back for a moment and look at what exercise is. Exercise is an activity that is done to achieve a specific adaptation in the body in order to improve an individual’s level of fitness and health. Think of exercise as a stimulus that causes your body to change. In order for this stimulus to work, it must be greater than your what your body is used to, otherwise there’s no need for it to change.
In order to attain any real results, you need to do more than what your body is used to. In order to get to this point, you need to work hard. Most people simply don’t know how to work that hard while they perform an activity.
In my next entry, I’ll talk more in depth about how exercise acts as a stimulus and why doing only what your body is used can’t give you the results you want.
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