If you’re the type person who does all the resistance training and all the cardio you should, like clockwork…great job! But this post isn’t for you.
Us mortals, on the other hand, tend to either not do enough resistance training, not do enough cardio, or both! But why is that?
Why is it that we so often don’t do what we know we should?
There’s no one single answer to this perplexing question, of course, and I don’t intend to offer one. Rather, my intent is to make you think…help you become aware of what it is you should be doing that you’re not…then to think about why that’s the case. Reason being, asking the right questions often leads to the answers.
Personally, I tend to have little to no problem getting in enough resistance training. That’s simply because I love it! Weight training is second nature to me, and I love the feeling of stimulating my muscles via resistance. It’s quite meditative for me, actually. So if I’m going to take time to exercise, I’ll pretty much always get weight training in.
I also tend to get in at least a moderate amount of low-intensity, steady-state cardio in each week. Again, it’s because I like it (particularly walking and bike riding).
On the other hand, where I tend to falter is with high-intensity interval training and stretching. Even though I know how much HIIT benefits me (i.e. cardiovascular fitness, fat loss, energy production), I still tend to not do it. And even though I know doing more (and more thorough) stretching would benefit me (less back pain, for example), I still tend to rush through my stretching, or sometimes skip it altogether.
Is it because it’s not fun?
Is it because it’s not convenient?
Is it because I don’t have enough time?
Is it because I’m lazy?
Is it because the benefits won’t come for quite some time?
In all likelihood, it’s probably some combination of these (and other) things.
What is it you’re not doing enough of? Are you doing enough resistance training? Are you doing enough cardio? What about high-intensity intervals? Are you doing enough stretching and mobility work?
If you can’t honestly answer yes to each of these, pause for a bit and think about why that is. If you’re like me, doing so will at least remind you to do a better job in that area(s), and it may even help shine some light on a solution.
But one thing’s for sure, you’ll never come up with a solution if you don’t start by asking the right questions.
Your friend in fitness,