The amazing human body (yes, YOURS!) was designed for movement. I'm not talking about going to the gym kind of movement, but it was designed to pick fruit and seeds and vegetables, it was designed to hunt animals, to chop and carry firewood and water, to build shelters and to lift and comfort infants.
Our need for these things is not as great in the modern world and on the whole, the human race is headed towards a more sedentary lifestyle (desk jobs, TV for entertainment). But we still have a need for our bodies to stay healthy and functional to get us to do all the things we need to do (laundry, grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning!)
Taking care of our body means eating to nourish and looking after our mental and emotional wellbeing as well as looking after the physical being that houses it . There is no point choosing to do exercise that you don't enjoy. Life is too short! You can't think that you have to do it or you must do it , because if you don't enjoy it, you will find an excuse to get out of it!
I truly believe that there is some form of exercise that is right for each individual. Whether dancing, weight-lifting, aerobics, boot camp or taking your dog for a walk. Find the right kind of exercise for you...and be open-minded when researching your options. It may take a few trys before it "clicks" and makes you feel good.
In fact, Michelle Segar, PhD director, Sport Health and Activity Research and Policy Centre, University of Michigan has this to say on the subject:
"Women who focus on the non-weight loss benefits of exercise (such as feeling less stressed, preventing disease or having more energy) are more likely to enjoy - and stick to - their routine than those who work up a sweat simply to shift the scale." Also, according to a new study, "people are happier about exercising when they're with others."
So, go forth and find your favourite form of exercise, preferably with a friend or two...and stick with it. Yes the benefits might include long term weight loss and better health, but in the shorter term you are likely to feel happier and less stressed and THAT's worth it right now!