Do you ever come to the conclusion you cannot exercise? Maybe its lack of time or energy, or too much pain or discomfort. The vast majority of the time, the problem is not your body or your lifestyle. The barrier to exercise is often how you are defining exercise.
If your definition is based on athletic performance, you are training to compete. That definition includes feeling uncomfortable, pain even, with exercise, because you always need to keep that competitive edge. This definition can bring you to the conclusion you cant exercise because your body cant keep up with the training or it just does not fit in your schedule right now. Exercising for competing is not meant to be done for a lifetime.
If you are using the medias definition of exercise for weight loss, you could be stuck in “never enough” land. This is where you need to keep doing more and more because this definition of exercise is for burning calories. There is never a level of enough exercise. There are always more calories to be burned. More is better is not a definition that is sustainable.
When exercise is defined by moving to feel better and functioning better in daily life, sustainability is built right into the definition. It is based on the fact that your body gets used to what you give it. Your body and your schedule will change, day to day, season to season, year to year. That is a given. Change is just part of life. If you want to feel and function better your whole life, exercise needs to be flexible because it needs to be done consistently. Adjusting what you are doing for exercise for these inevitable changes, means less times you conclude you “can’t exercise”. The more often you can exercise, in some way, the more often you get to feel and function better.
Life is dynamic. Your body is in constant change. When your definition of exercise is one that gives you the freedom to adapt to these changes, you have found a definition that is sustainable for life. If you think you can’t exercise, it might be time to re-think your definition of exercise.