I have to confess when I turned 30, I set a goal to be a great swimmer and become a regular tennis player by the time I was 40. Well, I hit 40 this year. I can count on one hand how many times I have gotten in the pool over the last ten years and I know for a fact I have only been on the tennis courts once.
The truth of the matter is I don’t like either one (I apologize to all of my tennis friends) nor did I have the time I need to spend on each of them with a busy, hectic schedule. It just did not fit with my schedule. So in reality, I was setting myself up for failure. There was no way I could be consistent trying to swim or play tennis as a part of my personal exercise program.
Setting unrealistic goals and expectations by attempting to do things that you do not like may be what is keeping you from sticking to an exercise program. Who cares what someone else is doing. Yes, to see changes in your body and fitness, new exercises and intensities need to be incorporated, but find a few things that you like, or can tolerate J so that you will adhere to your exercise program.
I am not giving up on tennis or swimming completely, but I know for now, it is too much of a burden to fit in. I am sticking with what I like and enjoy doing.