There seems to be a cultural consensus that you have to love fitness. People will tell you that if you don’t like exercising, it’s just because you haven’t found what you like, or you’re not doing it frequently enough to engage a positive feedback loop. As a fitness writer and coach who has been training consistently for over a decade, I can confidently say that I don’t like exercising, and that’s okay.
I dislike [activity], but I love having done [activity].
For a while, that was me and running. Running still isn’t my “go to” thing to do, but I don’t have the distaste for it that I used to. Motivation hasn’t been an issue for me – I can get into a rut very easily, so as long as I make an effort.
The benefits of exercise are real. It’s worth the effort to make the change.