Hate Exercise? Find a Passion!

I know many people put off exercise because they don’t like the gym, don’t like lifting weights, don’t like running, or don’t want to do anything that has no real purpose other than fitness. Well, the good news is there are a lot of things that you can do that require physical exertion that can be fun!

I recently took up bike riding again. I was an avid cyclist as a teenager, often riding more than 100 miles per week. I stopped riding bicycles when I joined the Marines, and only dabbled with bikes here and there over the past 30 years. Recently, I decided I really wanted to get back into riding bikes, only this time, it was mountain biking and off-road trail riding that interested me. After riding my old Raleigh mountain bike enough that parts were falling off of it, I bought a much nicer Scott Scale 940 mountain bike.

I recently found a series of trails very close to my home that were made specifically for mountain biking. I have been on the trail twice in the past three days, and I look forward to adding this new activity to my weekly fitness routine.

My latest trip to the bike park in video.

This weekend, I will also be kayaking with my wife. This is another activity we both love, and is very physically intensive. The best part about kayaking is it’s one of those activites that can be as demanding or as easy as you like, and it’s also a great upper-body workout.

Sherry and I at Lake Raven a few months ago.

I am fortunate in that I enjoy weightlifting, sometimes enjoy running, always enjoy riding bikes and kayaking, and generally like hiking. But I know not everyone is like me, and while I might love riding bikes, others might not. The point is that there are many activities you can find that will get your heart pumping and help you on your journey to get healthy. I found my happy activities; now, go out and find yours!

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