The 2 most common complaints/excuses I hear from people who know they should exercise but don’t are:
- I have no time.
- I am in pain.
A close third is “I don’t know what to do”.
Just subscribing to one of these beliefs is enough to derail someone, but a lot of us actually have all 3.
Because we were never taught to move properly, our bad movement caused wear and tear on our joints which now have become painful ( ps – if they aren’t, they will be). And because we lack mobility and pain-free movement, it’s not like we can just drop to the floor to do some pushups or some squats for a quick workout when we have no time.
It takes time to address pain and learn how to move properly.
Don’t let this discourage you. We don’t have to wait till we are pain-free/can move properly before we can start reaping the benefits of exercise.
ENTER THE MACHINES
With exercise, our goal is to significantly increase strength, increase muscle mass, improve fitness, increase bone density, substantially affect appearance, and slow down or even reverse some of the natural physical declines with aging.
And we want to do this without causing injury (and pain).
What matters most in exercise is not a specific weight we are lifting or a movement we are doing, but the amount of tension our muscles create. The more resistance, the more tension, the more our muscles break down, and if we let them rest, the more they overcompensate and grow back stronger.
We can do this with machines.
We don’t need to learn any special skills. Nor do we need a personal trainer. And if we have a bum shoulder, that doesn’t mean we still can’t train (we can still do exercises such as leg press).
The best part is that we don’t need to be in the gym 3 or 4 times a week. We can accomplish this “muscle damaging” in one session a week.
The only bummer is that you’ll have to find a gym that has machines (which is not hard) and you’ll have to have sort of a clue of what you are doing. For the latter, I recommend reading Body By Science or checking out reviews (like this one) on the web.
In the end, it’s never too late to start nor is it possible to do “too little” exercise when we are currently doing nothing.
If you never got the habit to stick with anything else, maybe it’s time for machines?