Throughout my life I have had gone through different phases and many different ways of staying active. Growing up I played little league baseball, basketball, and soccer. During my time in the Marine Corps I spent a lot of time running and even more time in the gym, especially on ship. Lifting weights was a great way to burn off stress while training the body to be more effective in combat.
Since getting out of the Marines I have tried out a few different ways to stay active and fit. I’ve played softball, WOD killed at Crossfit, swung kettle bells, and taken a few backpacking trips in the mountains with friends. Over the last couple years my favorite sport has been triathlon. One might argue that it’s really three sports, but I have a hard time choosing what I like best so it’s a good fit for me. When it comes down to it, there is no one right way to stay active.
Humans were designed to move and one of the best ways to do that is through having fun. If exercising becomes a chore without any enjoyment, then most people are likely to give it up after a few weeks. Some of my lulls staying in shape have come after being burnt out at the gym or working out but having no measurable goal. Not everyone needs a goal or a race to train for, but I noticed it works much better for me if there is at least a little pressure to get up in the morning and hit the pool, climb on my bike, or lace up the running shoes.
So far I’ve spent a lot of time talking about myself, but I’m curious- what motivates you? Take the survey below and leave a comment to let us know what does it for you.
How do you like to stay active?