So I was thinking about the way we train. I think the biggest problem with the way most people train is that they do what they like, but don't do much of the things they don't. For instance, if you love to jog, but hate strength training, generally we jog much more than train with weights! The same thing happens the other way around as well. I suppose that is just human nature!
Still, for overall fitness, should we do it the other way around? I mean we are better runners because we love to do it! Still, shouldn't we focus more on what makes us healthier overall?
I personally have always struggled with this. I mean I love pushing myself under a heavy weight stack but have never truly enjoyed cardio. Sure I did it since I played rugby for 12 years and had to do it as a cop, but in the end, I simply did what was "necessary." I just kind of faked it!
Now however, I am 47 years old with a history of heart disease running in my family! I have realized that while I love to lift weights, I already excel at that. What will ultimately keep me alive longer is more cardio! That has become my primary focus! That does not mean I no longer lift as I most certainly do, but I have forced myself to look at the bigger picture. I have forced myself to work more cardio into my routine.
Now I have experimented with ways to make the cardio routines more "fun," such as adding boxing and biking into the mix instead of simply hitting the treadmill, but the fact remains that I had to change my focus!
If you are truly interested in overall fitness, I suggest you look at what you love to do and what you hate, and put more emphasis on the latter! THAT is what will ultimately make you a more well rounded athlete!