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Why Don’t We Exercise

You know what the worst part about being an effective personal trainer is not knowing what it’s like NOT to exercise. It’s one thing to be able to describe, demonstrate and properly execute an effective training program, but the most important thing that you have to persuade your clients is how will this benefit them and make their lives better. Ah hell, forget better, think AWESOME! So Why Don’t We Exercise?

The light and dark phases of the Earth slowly embrace you as you journey through your never ending sea of paperwork, pointless meetings, mindless internet searches and idle stretches of time glued to your television for some bleak release from reality. The void between the days and nights seems ever so slowly dwindling away as you fade into the folds of your couch and you wonder, what am I missing?

In life that is. 

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Why Don’t We Exercise

Training to Live

Now we all know how important training and fitness is for the body. It helps with just about everything from depression to insomnia. They also help focus our attention and helps promote better study and work habits. Exercising helps our heart, lungs and nervous systems function better. And it helps build muscle, burn fat and keep us looking good naaked! Right, right!

We all know why exercising is so important, so why don’t we exercise?

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Not Enough Hours in the Day

The most common complaint about exercising regularly is the amount of time that it consumes. This is true, exercising can take up quite a bit of your time, but only if you let it.

For a beginner, nearly half the time you can get very positive results simply by engaging in as little as 15-30 minutes of fast paced activity. Sound to good to be true?  No, it’s not.

Nearly half the beginning clientele most trainers see can only do about 15 minutes of high intense activity. Sure, you can milk out a session for longer which is fine, but if you’re going at it alone all you need to do is push hard for those 15 – 30 minutes. The benefits are still there.

Persistency Fail

Often times the biggest thing that kills progress is a lack of consistency.  These are the folks that go-in and out of training cycles effectively spinning their wheels without any real sense of where they’re going.  They want to get to Point B, but seem to lose interest part way through because of either a lack of how to get there or the lack of habit or incentive.  When things don’t just HAPPEN they lose the drive.

And it happens, it happens to all of us. Guys are probably the worst at this venture for we’re more of a one-shot-one-kill type mentality and if it doesn’t happen in a week or so, we’re off and running to the next best thing.

Women tend to be more focused toward their ending goals, however, lacking the proper insight on how to get from their current Point A they end up trying everything in the book and beyond to reach Point B. This cycle of trying endless forms of training often results in frustration, anger and eventually failure.


Finding your true motivation is a key to completing your journey in fitness; however, one must realize that this story never ends. The key to beginning your adventure starts with making a consistent effort to knock out some easy exercises when you can for about 15-30 minutes and do it often.

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Why Don’t We Exercise

You’re not going to be a super star right out of the gate, but you’ll at least be moving in the right direction. Stay focused and start pushing people.


Jess Howland
Jess Howland
Jess Howland is a Veteran US Army Captain serving as Master of Youth Awesomeness and Strength Coach for Hostyle Conditioning in Orleans, ON. Jess holds a BS degree in Exercise Science from Oregon State University, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), among other training and nutritional certifications. A simple country boy turned lifetime fitness enthusiast and passionate trainer, who inspires everyone he meets to be involved in fitness, strength training and optimal nutrition in support of his personal motto Be Strong, Be Fast, and Be Resilient. Known for his high intensity, hybrid programs and never ending pursuit of fitness endeavors his former colleagues call him by his nickname CAPTAIN SMASH (CPT SMASH) or just SMASH. Jess coaches a wide variety of people as he believes in Hostyle Conditioning’s mission of transforming the ordinary lives of men and women into leading extraordinary lives that are improved through a blend of hybrid strength training and dynamic cardio conditioning. Jess has established himself as a lead trainer in Youth Strength and Conditioning, as well as specialty programming for special populations as military, police/firefighter, nurses and strength sport competitors. As a professional coach, Jess loves what he does to provide purpose, direction and motivation to those who feel that they need help in getting to from A (current fitness level) to B (goal fitness level).

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  1. I think another mind trap that people fall into is believing that “I don’t feel like it” is a good reason not to exercise. There are many things we do every day that we probably don’t feel like doing, but still engage in the task because we believe it’s necessary or it’s a part of who we are, etc. It’s always been helpful for me to treat exercise like one of those things.

  2. I feel like I’m too tired from taking care of my 20 month old all day. When she naps so do I. I should workout instead.

  3. Ahhh yes, I think Ive done many of the things on the list to get myself out of exercising. Smartened up a little bit, but finding the motivation is still rough

  4. I’m one of the lucky ones. I love to work out. I run with my baby boy (in his jogging stroller) but my husband HATES to exercise. He needs a HUGE push to get started. I always say, doing something is better than nothing. 🙂


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