You Hate Exercise? I Bet You Hate Soup, Too.

What do soup and exercise have in common?  On the surface, it may seem like nothing.  And after we dig a little deeper . . . maybe still nothing.

When my wife and I began dating (because we’re still dating), she made the statement, “I hate soup.”  Really?  ALL soup?!

I’ve done no fact checking, but I’m pretty sure there are no less than a bajillion different types of soup.  So for her to say she hates soup is a pretty generalized statement.

I, too, hate SOME soups, but I love others.  Tomato soup?  Please, get it outta here!  (But you can leave the grilled cheese.)   Split pea?  Please, sir, may I have some more?

I think exercise is a lot like soup.  When someone says the blanketed statement, “I hate exercise”, do they really hate ALL exercise?!

We the [fitness] people, coupled with the power of social media, have skewed what exercise is.  We make it look like there’s only a couple of recipes for success.  Ingredients: knee-high socks, a pool of sweat (and sometimes blood), a negligent number of burpees, and lifting heavy things.  (I believe this is the recipe for CrossFit Soup.)  There are many things about this type of workout I like, it’s just not my cup of . . . soup.  Nor does it need to be.

I do love lifting heavy things.  Ultimately, I wanna client—I want YOU—lifting as heavy as they CAN, but it may have to start with lifting as heavy as they WILL.  What are you willing to do?  You can begin looking, feeling, and moving better with any number of types of exercise.  Find something you like doing and DO it.

Although I serve a variety of clients with a variety of goals, the majority of my clients primarily wanna lose fat.  I’ve worked with experienced exercisers and dieters who did more advanced programs that included strength training and high-intensity intervals.  I’ve also worked with complete neophytes that began with a simple walking program.  Both types progressed.

If you’re at a loss for ideas, here’s a far-from-exhaustive-or-extensive list of exercises:

  • Bicycling
  • Circuit training
  • Resistance training
  • Jumping rope
  • Yoga and tai chi
  • Martial arts and boxing
  • Yardwork and gardening
  • Running
  • Golf
  • Racquet sports
  • Basketball and volleyball
  • Football and soccer
  • Walking and hiking
  • Swimming
  • Dancing
  • Group fitness classes

Are some activities better for specific goals?  Absolutely.  But an imperfect exercise done is better than the perfect exercise not done.  Just start moving . . . and then don’t stop.  And, after enough exposure, maybe your palate will begin to change, and you’ll have a taste for something different!

Be strong, and do the work!