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Softening the ground for fitness

I have a vague sense that it would be good to get more fit. It would be good for my health. It would be good for my sleep. It would be good for my posture. It would probably be good for my energy levels, too. I could probably name a few other benefits, too.

In the abstract, I can name lots of benefits, and that's the problem. In theory, getting fit sounds like a great idea. Emotionally, I don't care remotely enough.

It would be a lot of work. It would take an awful lot of time out of my weeks. I'd have to learn a lot of things through physical practice, partly in front of other people, instead of inhaling things from textbooks and blog posts and making my mistakes in private. Worst of all, I'd have to admit that I wanted it. And I don't want it enough to do all that.

But I kind of want to want it. Can I work on that? I think that's what Visa is getting at with "softening the ground." How would I work on that? Here's a general idea: Watch some videos of physical activities I might be interested in. Or, watch/listen to interviews with people who do those activities—that might give me a better idea of (a) what people like about them, and (b) what is involved. Some ideas for videos of activities I might be interested in:

  1. Dancing seems like fun and, while maybe not an exercise routine itself, is a physical activity, so kind of in the ballpark. So maybe I could look for videos of that using dancing style keywords. Say: Swing, salsa, bachata, square, contra.
  2. I met a few people who are into Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and saw a couple more mentions of it online in unrelated spaces I visit. So, maybe I could look into that. I could find videos of that online. Tournament matches and so on.
    1. Could also substitute in the names of other martial arts I've heard of, like: Muay thai, krav maga, karate, or aikido.
  3. Maybe it would help to look for videos of olympic athletes doing impressive things with their body? That's a popular genre of video, isn't it?
    1. Obviously, these are not inspiration as in "you can do it." It's unrealistic for me to achieve exactly the same results, not having dedicated my life to athletics at all. But such videos show that cool things are possible.
  4. Some things I like have a loose martial arts connection. Maybe it would help to watch some videos of experts connecting things I like to martial arts.
    1. For example: A video connecting Ryu's fighting style and buttons in Street Fighter to real-world martial arts that may or may not have inspired it. Or: Repeat for other fighting games, like King of Fighters or Guilty Gear. (GG is probably the hardest to find a realism connection, given its wacky characters and styles, but maybe doable for a character or two.)
    2. More examples: A video going in depth on waterbending and how it connects to tai chi. A video going in depth on how aikido inspired airbending. I could look for similar videos on earthbending and firebending.
  5. Similar: Watch some fencing videos. Kind of like swordfighting. Or, videos of people reenacting historical swordfighting. Even closer to fantasy/history than fencing. I recall the keyword here is HEMA.

That seems like plenty of ideas for now. I'll have to try a few such videos and see which of these if any pans out.