It always sounds so easy when they preach it to you through newspapers and magazines but, in reality, it’s a nightmare for most.
The health experts and those who claim to know more about nutrition than the rest say that exercise is important and that we should all try it for our own benefit blah…blah…blah.
The truth of the matter is that exercise is hard work and, as one of the laziest people around, I know that I need to be thoroughly motivated for me to do something like visit the gym or do exercises in my backyard. Motivation is a hard thing to come by, especially when you are still young, living on your own and not feeling the effects of your non-exercising existence…yet.
In one of my courses at University, I learnt about this theory called the Cost Benefit Analysis.
The theory says that people are likely to invest in something that shows benefits now and costs later. Like people would rather invest money and time in a nuclear power plant because the benefits are now and the costs such as pollution come later in the future.
The theory predicts that people tend to be cautious about investing in something where the benefits will be evident in the future and the costs are now.
Such is the case with people who are cautious of investing in the technology that reduces emission levels now because it’s costing them a lot in the present and the benefits are in the f ture.
The theory made sense when I applied it to my issues with health that was my motivation.
The way I saw it, my unhealthy lifestyle was filled with living my life in a simple and tacky way. I eat junk food because it’s easily accessible and doesn’t require most of my time to prepare.
I don’t eat vegetables because I have never seen the need of forcing down tasteless greens down my throat.
I am enjoying the benefits of an exercise free lifestyle now but what about the future? What if I am overweight and wrinkled by the time I am 40 because it would be harder to shed off the kilos and change my diet by then?
Are the benefits really worth it now if the costs in my future are so hefty? I made it a priority to write down the costs of a no exercise and proper diet lifestyle in my diary so that I am always reminded of the possible futures available to me and how I could control the path I am undertaking right now.
So if this means sweating it out in the gym room for at least 3 hours a week, substituting eating 4 chocolate slabs for 2 in a week then I could get somewhere.
To some, this all sounds like mambo jambo because motivation means different things to different people; I learnt that the hard way.
I went to the gym last week to start exercising because my little theory apparently motivated me. When I got to the gym, during off peak hours, there were a few people there.
My hyped up self started with the tread mill.15 minutes into the exercise I was sweating bullets, felt like I was choking and that a bottle of water and a nice cold beer by the couch was a much better option.
I was ready to quit because my head was spinning and I felt like throwing up. I had made up my mind, exercise was not for me; I was leaving the gym room for eternity until I saw my trainer.
He actually came to me because I looked like death. He probably knew the signs of weaklings who come to the gym room thinking they could tough it out and then choose to quit the moment it hit that exercise was hard work. Let’s just say my trainer was a different type of motivation.
So I have been going to the gym religiously since last week, all perky and eager to please my hot trainer. I am not ashamed to admit that I have a crush on my trainer but that’s only because I know I will reap the benefits of my crush later in life.
I would therefore like to challenge The Telegraph readers who are not fans of exercise to try and find motivation for them to keep a healthy lifestyle. Even if it means finding theories.