Frictionless Exercise: Part I
Making it easy to start
My goal is to be able to exercise regularly—and effectively—into old age. I want to keep my physical options open for as long as possible. So, I think a lot about how to make that happen. It’s also a big part of what I do professionally. Totally coincidental, I’m sure.
There’s a huge range of factors needed here—but only three fundamental elements:
Ideas around optimization for strength, cardio, equipment, format, etc. are all secondary.
Safe means taking care of my joints and otherwise avoiding hold my beer moments of inspiration.
Enjoyable means that I’m indulging my curiosity or creativity. That I’m refining technique or that I’m pushing my own boundaries. If not during that last thing, then after.
Meaningful means that I’m learning things. That I’m building into greater overall function and skill. That I’m staying fit, strong, mobile, and capable. That I’m keeping my options open for engaging physically with life.
Your versions of these elements may differ quite a bit. That’s worth investigating.
For me, a good workout feels both structured and creative. I’ll know if I want to emphasize strength, cardio, or technique. Or how I’ll mix elements together. There’s a structure and a reason. And then lots of room to play around within it.
Starting is easy. I simply pick up an implement or put myself into an athletic position. Things flow naturally from there. No friction.