Ive been running for nearly half my lifeabout 12 years -- and I still cant recall a time when Ive run more than three miles and enjoyed the entire process. Why not?
In a primal sense, we are all animals. It is instinctive for us to survive or care for our bodies just like any other animal. We provide food and shelter for ourselves without thinking twice. Why isnt exercise of the same instinctive nature as it is for our fellow mammals?
For example, my family has a yellow lab, Tassee. She is 14 years old and therefore, very slow-moving, deaf, and suffers from brief bouts of short-term memory loss. But two years ago, she was begging to be walked, pacing back and forth in the garage, hoping someone will come outside and play fetch, and sometimes, trekking on her own journeys throughout our neighborhood. Tassee would go stir-crazy if we kept her caged up all day. It's her instinctive nature to stretch her legs, run around and chase things.
In contrast, I dont remember a time when I woke up on a Sunday and proudly announced that Id like to go for a run and work up a sweat. Instead, watching Charles Osgood of CBS Sunday Morning in bed with a cup of coffee sounds like a fabulous way to spend my morning.
Please dont misunderstand: In no way do I think we should lead our lives according to dogs lifestyles. I just want to know why humans walk the fine line between lazy and active. Is it because our minds are far more developed than other animals minds? Do our minds hold the key to leading an active lifestyle? Or not leading an active lifestyle, for that matter? If this is true, which I believe it is, why do we have to break the strong mental barrier that keeps us from getting exercise?