No matter which component we like best, most of the time we pay so much attention to one area that we end up neglecting other components of fitness. You know what I’m talking about. You could do your exercise of choice all day long, but it might take a friend and a large sum of money for you to consider doing the other things you don’t find to be “fun”. We are all guilty of it. And we dont always realize how detrimental this is to our overall fitness level, and ability to perform at our best.
One of my favorite quotes that I write/say/think about often is “That which we resist persists.” I apply it to so many situations in life, and this one is no exception. The components of fitness which we ignore, put off, and neglect are those which will persistently find their way back into our lives. Don’t like resistance training? You won’t get that nice firm, toned look you’re going for….toning muscle means you need to HAVE some in the first place. And that means lifting weights. Loathe cardio workouts? No matter how heavy you lift, nothing can replace the myriad benefits of raising your heart rate. Don’t be surprised when you can’t make it up a few flights of stairs without huffing and puffing. Can’t be bothered with stretching/flexibility? Your range of motion, ability to move, and lift properly is going to be severely compromised. When we ignore ANY component of fitness we are allowing ourselves to work in an inefficient manner, and ultimately are putting ourselves at risk for injury. As if that’s not reason enough to start diversifying, giving attention to the less “fun” parts of fitness will make you better at what you love to do. When I started incorporating more flexibility work into my routine, I was amazed to find that my running stride improved and I was even able to take some time off my mile.
Bottom line: the core components of fitness are each important in their own right. Each serve a unique purpose and all complement one another. We may prefer one over the others but we owe it to our body to be creative and find a way to incorporate them ALL. Sign up for a class, get a gym buddy, buy a pass to a Yoga studio, etc. Give yourself a new challenge!
What component of fitness is your least favorite? How do/will you incorporate it into your routine?