The Reluctant {Dragon} Exerciser

Credits to disney wiki Image retrieved from

Credits to disney wiki
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Something both me and my mom (Tiffany) share from my childhood is our love for an old cartoon called The Reluctant Dragon (by Disney). This cartoon follows a young boy who wishes to see his favorite Knight fight a dragon. He finds a dragon in a nearby cave and tries everything he can think of to convince the dragon to fight with the knight, but the dragon always refuses. The Dragon finally gives in to participating in the fight when it is presented to him as an opportunity to show off his acting skills. The reason the dragon finally decides he will  fight is that he LOVES to act and perform in front of an audience. He doesn’t like to fight, but if he thinks it is just acting he’s all for it.

The same is true about exercise. Most people know what it feels like to be reluctant to exercise, in fact some might even dread the very thought of exercising all together, just like the reluctant dragon felt about fighting. Nevertheless, there is still hope! All you need to do is find something you are passionate about.

Fitness should not be something that you dread and just want to get it over with, it should be something you enjoy so that you will stick with it and it will help you to be healthier.   For example, my mom loves running but I can’t stand running! Yet I was able to find a venue (soccer) that I find fun and I don’t even realize that I’m out there running.  One statistic suggests that the average soccer player runs about 7 miles per game. Thats a lot of running, I would never run that far on my own, but because the running is disguised as chasing down my opponents or the ball, I end up running without realizing I’m doing it.

If running or working out at the gym doesn’t work for you personally, then don’t do it! Instead of being a reluctant exerciser find a way to exercise that makes you excited to be active and has you looking forward to the next time you get to exercise. Whether it is rock climbing, swimming, or even chair aerobics, find what works for you as an individual and stick with it. Victoria Moran said it best, “experiment until you find activities that make you happy as well as healthy.  Choose your exercise using the same criteria you’d apply to choosing a date – that is, attractive to you and able to hold your interest for an hour.”

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