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Physical Fitness Hobbies

Hobbies and Physical Fitness

We know we should exercise, we resolve to be more active, and yet we fail to stick with our fitness routine. This is likely because perseverance requires passion, which is probably lacking in our fitness attempts. Instead, we should find a hobby that we are truly interested in, to keep us active.

Physical Activity Is Important, and We Know That

Physical activity is important to our well-being:

There is a plethora of cochrane systematic reviews evaluating the effectiveness of physical activity/exercise. The evidence suggests that physical activity/exercise reduces mortality rates and improves quality of life with minimal or no safety concerns.

Exercise/physical activity and health outcomes: an overview of Cochrane systematic reviews | BioMed Central

We know that physical activity is good for us: exercising more is the most common New Year’s resolution, both according to Statista and YouGov.

We Find It Hard to Stick with Fitness

Although we resolve to improve our fitness, most of us don’t stick with our resolutions:

About one in five Americans who set New Year’s resolutions say they have stuck to them entirely.

How many Americans are sticking to their New Year’s resolutions in 2023? | YouGov

Indeed, most of us aren’t physically active enough:

Only 24% of Americans aged 18 and over met the Physical Activity Guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity.

FastStats – Exercise or Physical Activity | National Center for Health Statistics

And that’s also true globally:

Globally, 1 in 4 adults do not meet the global recommended levels of physical activity

Physical activity | world health organization

Why We Don’t Stick With Exercising

We know we should exercise, we resolve to exercise, but we don’t persevere in exercising.


Of course, we can blame things like not having enough time. But the truth is that we are better at finding time for things are excited about about.

Perseverance requires passion and interest. Together, they constitute grit, which research found to be the most significant predictor of success.

Many of our fitness attempts lack passion or interest, so it is no wonder we don’t persevere with them.

Perseverance is synonymous with pain and suffering to many people.

The Neuroscience of Perseverance | Psychology Today

Hobbies Can Help Us Stick with Our Fitness Resolution

To persevere in fitness we should look for activities that make our hearts race not just literally but also figuratively. We need to find something we are passionate about and interested in.

We need to find a hobby. Hobbies can have us improving our fitness as a byproduct, subconsciously, while engaged in an enjoyable, meaningful activity.

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