When you think of exercise, is there a certain environment that you think of? In the past, I pretty much just considered the gym the only place to be active, but I’m sure there are a lot of people who simply don’t like the gym. I was never really big on sports, I was more into strength training, martial arts, and endurance running, so the gym was where I spent most of my time outside of that. If you aren’t active currently, I think it’s important to ask yourself, is your dislike of the gym part of the reason? I think this is where calisthenics can really benefit people. It opens up a totally new arena to have effective workouts whether at home, or even the local park. More importantly, it is valuable to understand what type of environment you like best when being active. Do you enjoy being indoors, outdoors, a certain sport, or climbing? Some people can’t workout at home because of distractions, they need to be in a place where other people are training. Knowing these types of things will not only engage you at a higher level, but make it a better experience, and easier to stick with it over time.
Another question that I think is important to ask yourself is, what do I currently associate to actually getting up and going to train? Do you make it an option, or is it a must? Of course it varies for everyone because of family, commitments, or work, however just getting up and going can be made out to be a lot worse than it really is. For example, exercise is so ingrained into my lifestyle that I do it without even thinking. For some it is a chore that involves gathering the right clothing, packing a bag, driving to the gym, changing, grinding out a workout, showering, driving back home, then doing whatever else needs to be done. It isn’t seen as a worthwhile endeavour. The fact is, you deserve that time for yourself, and it can be made productive in ways other than physical. For example, it can be used to reflect on all of the positive things in your life, what you want and how you can achieve it, or how you can enrich the lives of the ones you love.
Effective training is about consistency, and the more you can set yourself up for success by optimizing your mindset and finding your ideal environment, the better off you will be in the long run.