I am a cardio fanatic. I can run or bike for miles, swim for an hour, and I have a blast doing it! I keep my bike on a trainer or do cycle classes so I can ride all winter long. I swim all year r0und. I am just as happy to run on a treadmill when it’s cold outside. I am exhilarated after a good cardio workout and I look forward to exercising each day. To me it is not work, it is fun.
But I am also getting old (the big 6-0 is nearly upon me). So my doctor tells me that although my heart and lungs are in great shape, I need to start helping my bones by doing strength training. But I hate it! Let me repeat that: I. HATE. IT!
So my saga begins. I only want to do cardio. I know that strength training will help me in my swimming and running. I know that leg training will make me bike better. It’s not a lack of knowledge and understanding. I have been training for 40 years, but nothing, absolutely nothing motivates me to keep doing strength training. Believe me, I tried it all. I’ve done classes, worked with a personal trainer, worked out with friends, but i still hate it and absolutely cannot motivate myself to do it. (As I write this, I am suffering pain across my body from doing a strength training class yesterday – I know no pain, no gain, but yuck!)
Something like Crossfit makes me want to puke. And every time I enter the weight room to do a few exercises, I wander around aimlessly, bored and un-motivated. My husband is an avid weight lifter, and he doesn’t understand my aversion to weights. He is all about getting bigger and stronger. Not me – I just want to make myself healthy and keep my doctor at bay. She doesn’t like me to be breakable.
I So I need help and I am asking you – how do you do it? How do you make yourself like strength training? What motivates you? What keeps you from whining? Any ideas are welcome and appreciated. Thanks in advance 🙂