Exercise Motivation

No crowds and no roads: You have to be in good shape to get up here

This last winter I slacked off on my physical activity.  But in April I started Chris Highcock’s Hillfit program.  It’s based on resistance exercise, and I supplemented with high-intensity interval training on a treadmill.  All in less than an hour a week.

To help me judge effectiveness of the new plan, I measured and recorded my baseline fitness.

Exercise isn’t fun.  You need good reasons to do it.  Here are mine:

  • it keeps you young (fountain of youth)
  • longevity
  • less low back aching
  • injury resistance
  • dementia prevention
  • lowered risk of heart disease and cancer
  • I’m a sheepdog, not a sheep
  • weight management
  • emergency preparedness
  • more energy to enjoy life (hiking, camping, horseback riding, long walks with others, etc.)

If you hope to exercise regularly, you’ll need your own list of reasons.  You’ll have days, weeks, or months when you just don’t want to exercise.  Review your list then.

Steve Parker, M.D.

PS: Here’s my report after six weeks of Hillfit.

One response to “Exercise Motivation

  1. Jim Jozwiak

    I’ve always entertained the notion that if I don’t feel like doing
    anything physical, there is something wrong with my nutritional
    regimen, usually that my body just doesn’t like the macronutrient
    profile. It can be challenging to figure out w/o nutritional software.