Maybe I’m one of the lucky ones, but I’ve always enjoyed getting in a good workout.
But despite the well-known benefits, both physical and mental, of exercise, many people would rather avoid it altogether.
A recent poll of 2,000 people who frequently exercise, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of AI-based fitness and lifestyle coaching app Freeletics, found some surprising results about what people would do to avoid working out for the rest of their lives:
- 25 percent would be willing to text their ex
- 25 percent would cancel Netflix for a year
- 29 percent would reconnect with their high school bully
- 33 percent would spend a long weekend with the in-laws
- 34 percent say they’d be willing to hand wash all their dishes
One of the first thoughts I had when looking at the list is that many people do these things voluntarily, perhaps even happily.
If I were asked this question, it would have to be something dramatic to make me give up exercise.
Off the top of my head, that might be things like:
- if I never had to make a mortgage payment again, I might give up exercise
- if I could retire early, I might give up exercise
- if I never had to explain FIFO vs. LIFO again, I might give up exercise
- if I could spend half the year traveling around the globe, I might give up exercise
But as I thought about it, if I do keep exercising, eventually I’ll retire, which means I won’t have to explain FIFO vs LIFO, my mortgage will eventually be paid off, and at that point, I’ll be able to do lots of travel.
And as a result of all that exercise, I’ll be better able to enjoy my retirement and all of my travel.
Seems like a small price to pay to work up a bit of sweat each day.
So forget about texting your ex, calling up an old bully, or canceling Netflix, just get out there and do it.
But do the dishes too, perhaps while staying at your in-laws…
*image from ABC Everyday