One-On-One with Sifu Lee : Exercise Boredom
In order to achieve elite physical potential, one must liberate oneself from the feeling of boredom while exercising. The foundational exercises to maintain a healthy state of physicality are simple and if an individual cannot be satisfied with this simplicity then there can never be enough “new” exercises to alleviate this persons feeling of boredom. In order to be a great basketball player, a person cannot get “bored” of shooting. The person would literally have to shoot thousands shots before achieving his true potential. In order to become a great boxer, a person cannot get “bored” of punching. The person would have to punch thousands of times in order to become great. With exercising and physical fitness, it is the same concept.
If a person who is unfit wishes to become healthy and fit, the person cannot be bored of exercising. If this person becomes bored, this person will eventually lose his interest to exercise and never become fit and healthy until he has learned to free himself from this inner feeling of boredom. No personal trainer in this world can ever come up with enough varieties of exercise to satisfy a clients feeling of boredom. Any and all exercises are simply variations from the foundational exercises that are required to achieve elite physical potential.
For example the foundational exercise to maintain cardio endurance is running, any other cardio exercise that heightens the heart rate is just a variation to the foundation. No matter if it is biking, swimming, using the elliptical, using a stationary bike, jumping rope, doing jumping jacks, etc. In order to achieve elite physical potential, one cannot become dependent on variations due to simply being bored of the foundation. Many times a person will use excuses to not exercise because he does not have access to certain training equipment that he has become dependent on. A swimmer may not exercise because the swimming pool has closed for the day. A biker may not exercise because his bike had a flat tire. An individual who frequents the gym may become dependent on an elliptical machine and will only exercise when she has access to an elliptical. All these are examples of different forms of dependency that provide excuses for individuals to not exercise. If one is satisfied with the foundation, which is running, then one always maintains cardio fitness no matter the location or circumstances. One can run indoors, one can run outdoors, and one can run in place. One is not dependant on other variations of cardio fitness; one is satisfied with the foundation. This foundation will allow an individual to maintain cardio fitness for the entirety of one’s life.
In order to achieve elite cardio fitness, a runner must take thousands of steps. In order to develop muscular strength in the chest and arms, an individual must practice thousands of pushups. Being bored of certain exercises simply is not an adequate excuse to stop exercising, one simply needs to liberate oneself from any feeling of boredom and learn to appreciate and find joy in practicing the foundational exercises necessary to maintain physical fitness. The truth to exercising and staying fit is that it is simple. Others just wish to make you think that it is complicated so that they can somehow turn it into a profession in order to make profits. What the majority of the population really lacks is not how to stay fit and healthy but rather the lack is in the motivation and discipline in which to maintain a healthy lifestyle.