I'm a walker and a cyclist. Every morning I walk my dog, Brody. We go for about 30 minutes at a park near my house. On Tuesdays and Thursdays I bike to work (7 miles round trip). On the weekends and in the evenings I often take another walk or ride my bike. I do it because it feels good and I want to. I never have to force myself to do it.
Now working out in a gym? That's another story. I've done it before, but right now I don't have the extra time or money for gym work outs.
Do you know what? It doesn't really matter what sort of activity I chose to do as long as I do it on a regular basis! I might have more muscle definition if I lifted weights or worked out in a gym, but from a health-benefit perspective, it is the doing that makes the difference rather than the activity!
So what do you ENJOY? Are you a runner? A walker? A swimmer? A dancer?
Are you trying to force yourself to do an exercise that you hate because you think you should? I read a lot of posts from people who talk about how they haven't exercised in ages because they don't have time or they have to get up at 2:00 AM or because they worry about what people think of them when they work out. I always wonder why they're trying to force themselves to do something that they don't want to do. Wouldn't it be better to do something you DO enjoy on a regular basis?
I think too often we select an exercise routine that we used to follow back when we were previously thin, but we often didn't have the same obligations then. We might have had more free time because we were in college or didn't have kids, spouses, mortgages, etc. But despite the evidence that it isn't realistic to attempt to embark on this routine, they pledge to do it four days a week, are unable to follow through, feel bad about it and do no form of exercise instead. They set themselves up for failure. And each week they pledge to start again, not recognizing that it isn't the right exercise for them.
So is your routine an exercise in excuse-making or is it the right activity for you? Only you can answer that, but if you are having to force yourself to do it and are constantly skipping because you can't quite squeeze it in, then maybe it is time to pick a different exercise routine. Maybe Nike had it right with the Just Do It slogan because the most important part of exercise is making it a regular part of your routine.