I worked with Laila almost four years ago. She’d been leading a sedentary life—busy at her desk all day at work, sitting in front of the TV at night. At our first meeting, she told me, “I feel like a slug.” She said that she wanted to “get back in shape,” but she was downright negative about her options. She didn’t like the gym (too much trouble), she didn’t like running (the pounding hurt her knees), she didn’t like riding a bike (she could never master the gears and going uphill was too hard), and she didn’t like skiing or snowboarding (the idea of sliding down an icy slope on flat sticks seemed crazy). Her list was long and her resistance was strong.
“I was at the point where I felt apathetic about exercise ...