Running As My Only Form Of Exercise. Why I Spend Most Of My Time Jogging.
If you’ve read this blog for any period of time, you’ll have noticed that I only talk about running. I don’t talk about yoga, Pilates, strength training, cross training or cycling.
When I talk to anyone else who is interested in fitness, they seem genuinely surprised when I tell them that I just run. This is when the “well you should really cycle, do circuits, dance for optimal fitness” lecture typically starts.
Aiming to be fit as I want to be, not as fit as I ‘should’ be.
Why do I only run?
Well firstly I’m uncomfortable with trying to live up to someone else’s idea of fitness. I’ve tried circuits classes and strength training before in the gym, but I didn’t enjoy them anywhere near as much as I did running.
Ignoring peer pressure and living your own life.
Rather than pushing myself to try to attain the unachievable, my goal is to mainly improve not only my physical fitness, but also my mental health with running.
There is so much pressure in society today from all angles of the fitness world to become super-human, super-ripped and super-fit. It seems to be the only way to gain acceptance or credibility in the world.
The alternative is to become marginalised as a slob who is in need of saving by the gym Gods.
You can’t just seem to do something for the love of it. If you love doing it, it must be bad. You have to put yourself through hell to see ‘results’.
We’re instructed to strive for ‘results’ without really knowing what they are and more importantly what they will mean to us.
Ultimately though, I don’t like the idea of having to do something to satisfy someone that I don’t even know or respect.
That’s why when it comes to exercise I do what I love.
That’s not to say that’ll I’ll always be just a runner. I will find another form of exercise that I’ll love if I keep on trying. There’s hope for me yet.
In summary (because I love writing motherfucking lists, so suck on it!)
- Do whatever exercise makes you happy. You’re more likely to stick with it that way.
- Any exercise is better than no exercise.
- Don’t feel bad about any physical activity that makes you genuinely happy (unless it involves crack cocaine and/or drunken shoplifting).