Good advice here. Thank you.
It's not that I don't do anything right now, I do exercise just not as consistently as I would like.
What I am wondering about is doing something versus making it a hobby that you incorporate into your life. Similar to backpacking. I read about it, I get Backpacker magazine, I subscribe here, I chat about it, I have friends that I do it with, I have a gear spreadsheet, I buy stuff for it.
Right now all I do for exercise is eventually feel guilty for not having been in a while and then I throw on my old gym shorts, some beat up jogging shoes, and a tshirt and go run. The last jogging shoes I bought I wore out then started just using my tennis shoes cause I didn't feel like spending the money on new running shoes...but I won't hesitate to research tents for hours on end and buy a $250 TarpTent that I haven't even used yet.
Why can't exercise/being healthy be the same way? What if I had friends that did adventure races and jogged, worked out (I might find some if I went and did it), what if I read about adventure racing, got a subscription to some adventure racing and exercise websites, was getting emails about upcoming events, looked forward to researching shoes, mountain bikes, whatever.
What if rather than just being something I had to overcome the excuses and get out and do instead I incorporated it into my interests and life so that (for example) getting out to jog a couple miles in my neighborhood was a challenging preparation for an upcoming race?
I am not trying to invent anything here, I know people that are like this maybe runners that do marathons would be a good example. They are into it, they have friends that do it, they have stickers on the back of their car about it. It's part of their identity, its a hobby, its their activity. Yes they still just have to get out and do it but it does not seem the same as someone who just says 'for my health I need to get to the gym 1 hour 4 days a week' and that's it.