Finding Joy in Fitness: The Importance of Enjoying Your Training

    Last week’s early morning gym commutes were far from ideal. One morning, I attempted to leave and discovered I had a dead battery (actually, two dead batteries). Two days later, I had a close encounter with a deer while driving. Temperatures were in the low 30s at best.

    However, at approximately 4:35 am on a Monday (today), I found myself not only commuting to the gym again but also feeling quite excited to get to work. It struck me then that it all comes down to finding the type of training you genuinely enjoy. While there may be exercises considered “the best” or “better,” even engaging in the most mediocre exercise is far better for you than doing nothing.

    This wasn’t always the case for me. It took some trial and error, along with the willingness to start something, fully commit to it, and then be open to finding something that I both enjoyed and that yielded better results.

    Ultimately, what truly matters is taking that initial step and sticking with it. It is crucial to listen to your body and determine what it will take to enjoy the work.

    Steamed Vegetables

    I mentioned yesterday that I enjoyed the Starrett’s chapter on eating in Built to Move. I have been on a high protein kick for a while but was not always getting the 800g recommendation from the book.

    I changed that with a set of microwave bowls (I already owned) called AnyDay (see I am sure there are other similar products out there, so search around (avoid plastic ones), but I enjoy these (do not buy the small ones, the size is not practical).

    What I like about them is you can throw just about any vegetables in them and have them steamed in just a couple of minutes. I start most days with about 200-300g of broccoli and cauliflower.

    I had seen them recommended by Chef David Chang. I am unsure if he is an investor or a fan (my guess is he is getting paid), but they are beneficial either way. He mentions cooking meat and fish in them, but I have yet to go that far. However, they do an excellent job of reheating almost anything and make for some easy rice and oatmeal dishes.

    No referral/affilate here. I am only mentioning them as a recommendation to help you get some more vegetables in your diet quickly. šŸ˜