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Benefits Of Difficult Exercise: Why The Exercises Should Not Be Easy

Updated on February 28, 2013

Avoiding Difficult Exercise

Easy exercises do not require a lot of mental or physical effort. You can just go through the motions for a little while and then you are done. On the other hand a difficult exercise requires a lot of effort and it can take a while to recover. You may even fail in your attempt to complete the exercise. For example when I started practicing the yoga that came with Wii Fit I was not very good at it. So I often performed poorly or was not able to complete the exercises.

Some people avoid exercises that are difficult. They don't want to fail, don't want other people to see them fail or do not realize they can improve their exercise performance with practice. So they stick to things they are good at. People often say they can't do an exercise or say they are not very good at it and use that as an excuse not to try. It is difficult so they would rather do something easy. Difficult is a relative term. You are not avoiding difficult exercises if the exercises you do are difficult for you. It does not matter if it is easy for other people.

Me doing tucked push-ups with my legs in the air.
Me doing tucked push-ups with my legs in the air. | Source

Seeking Out Difficult Exercises

I like difficult exercises. They give me an opportunity to improve. I may struggle and sometimes fail but I can improve. It is the difficult exercises that helps me increase my strength, speed, endurance, concentration and will power. When I bike long distance I build muscle because the exercise is difficult. My body changes.

Easy is usually boring. I don't like playing easy games or watching TV shows where everything is easy. Improving and overcoming challenges is a big part of the entertainment industry because it is interesting and fun. It occurs in books, TV shows, movies and video games. Difficult exercises can keep you interested longer. I do difficult exercises to change my body but I also do them to entertain myself.

If the exercise is really easy I don't feel like I am accomplishing anything. It feels like I am wasting my time. When I do something difficult like finish a 30 mile bicycle rid I feel a sense of accomplishment. It is a good feeling. Difficult exercises can strain your muscles and tire you out but they can also make you feel good. I like to feel a sense of accomplishment and I like to feel strong.

Keep the difficulty at a reasonable level. You want to challenge yourself not hurt yourself and you do not want to become frustrated. Gradually work your way up to the more challenging exercises. For instance you don't just start doing headstand push-ups. You prepare yourself by doing easier exercises and building up to them.

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Becoming Easier

Video games often increase in difficulty so the player does not get bored. They expect the player to learn and become better. So they compensate by gradually increasing the difficulty. The player needs to continue to improve so they can keep overcoming the challenges. Exercises can also become easier as you improve making them boring and less effective. It is up to you to keep challenging yourself by increasing the difficulty or trying new exercises.

If I keep biking the same distance over and over again it becomes easier and my body no longer needs to adapt. My body stops changing, the exercise becomes boring and I don't feel a sense of accomplishment. However if I gradually increase the distance my body continues to adapt, it continues to be enjoyable and I still feel a sense of accomplishment. Keep changing your exercise routine so it does not become easy.

Easy exercise can help to maintain your body but difficult exercises can allow you to improve it. You can improve your looks, your health, your confidence and your performance with difficult exercise.


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