I love the gym. I love the feeling I get when I walk into the gym. I love lifting heavy sh*t. I love putting myself out there and pushing my limits.

But many guys don’t love those things. In fact, I’ve met many men over the years who hate the gym and gym life. They hate “having” to lift weights in order to get fit.

And what I tell them is “don’t”.

If you feel like you have to do something in order to get fit, you’ll likely start finding excuses to get out of doing it. It’s human nature.

Instead, I suggest finding a sport or activity that is healthy and helps you get fitter and use that instead of trying to force yourself into the gym.

Personally, I think strength training is at the top of the food chain when it comes to getting fit and healthy for men over 40, but not every man is willing to do it. I can’t make you do it, so why try?

If you’re happy riding your bike up and down the street for two hours, by all means do that. If you like playing pickleball like I do, do that instead.

Would it be beneficial to start a strength and conditioning program? Absolutely! But if you’re not actually going to stick to it because you hate it, it will never work.

Find something that excites you. Find something that makes you want to improve. There are a million and one ways to get fit and healthy from OCR’s, to trail runs, to rucking up mountains, to kayaking, to playing ping pong. Do something you don’t think you “have” to and instead find something you “get” to do.