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What if You Don’t Want An Exercise Lifestyle?

In Methods & Success Mindsetby Matt

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In the last post I proposed the idea of thinking about a diet as something that’s just simply food and not some sort of all encompassing lifestyle.Now let’s play the same game with exercise.

While I certainly don’t have any kind of dietary lifestyle there is no doubt that I have an exercise lifestyle. All day long I think about exercise, dream about exercise and sometimes, yes even fantasize about exercise.

I’m kinda strange like that.

But that’s my life. I’m a personal trainer who publishes fitness info on-line and works for a fitness equipment retailer. Most days of the week I am involved in some sort of exercise work for 12-16 hours a day. Every minute from when I get up to hit the sack I live in a world of exercise.

But what about those who don’t? What if you’re a single mother of 2 who works for a furniture company? Do you need to make exercise the focus of your life to see results?

I really don’t think so.

I know some pretty fit people at the gym I train at. For many of them they don’t have an exercise lifestyle. They do many other non-exercise related things all day long. When they hit the gym they exercise, but once they leave that’s it. They go back to a non-exercise focused life.

The beauty of  exercise is that it doesn’t need to be a lifestyle, and it may be even easier to keep it from becoming one than with a diet. Mainly because with a diet you have to make some sort of food choices multiple times a day. With exercise you generally only need to make a choice once a day, and that’s if you workout every day. If you only workout 3-4 times a week it’s even less than that!

Who knows what my future may bring. I very well may end up selling sports cars in Alaska for all I know. I know exercise will always be part of my life, but it may not always be my lifestyle. It doesn’t have to be for me to stay in shape. It can be just one single part of my life in unto itself and that’s fine. Exercise doesn’t need to be everything for my efforts to produce anything.

Just like a diet based lifestyle, there is nothing wrong with living that life if you really want to. The issue is believing that it must become your life to gain benefit. Nothing could be further from the truth. It can be as simple as show up, exercise, and leave. That’s it.

No need for it to be anything more.