The hardest thing about exercise is to start doing it.
Once you are doing exercise regularly, the hardest thing is to stop it.
I have been reading this over the past few weeks as a motivational/inspirational quote. It is always with some photo/image of working out or a gym. On the surface, it's a great thought. Once you get into a rhythm, a habit of exercise you won't be able to stop, you won't want to stop.
The problem is, that's not true. It sounds good, but in all honesty it isn't accurate. Sure there will be plenty of people who get into working out and feel it's weird not to, but there are just as many people who don't feel that way. I don't per se. I have been running for 5 years and there are still many a day when I don't want to work out. There are many a week where I skip all exercise. Sure, I feel a little upset over it, but it doesn't push me to get out there and do something. I actually have to pay for a gym membership/personal training/class membership to make me go. It's not something that I long for, something I have to do.
I think this quote is so misleading to those who are just starting out. There are ebbs and flows to motivation. There are days when working out is the last thing you want to do, but if you think you'll always want to work out, you may feel like a failure if you don't. I know the idea behind it is work out long enough, it just becomes habit, but to some it will always be a struggle. To me it will always be a struggle.
What do you think? Is working out something you instinctively do? Or do you struggle with it from time to time?