Exercise as a form of punishing yourself to fitness will never work in the long run because
So find something you love to do and do it. Don’t worry about calories burned. Don’t worry about what your favorite celebrities are doing to stay fit. Don’t worry about what your friends will think.
Enjoy the movement: the sensations that you get from your body as you move.
A lot of times the “exercise” doesn’t sound like real exercise. Like archery or skiing. It’s more like a hobby.
In France and New York City, people walk everywhere so they don’t necessarily have to make a concerted effort to “work out,” because their life is a series of movements.
Some of the fittest people I know are training for a special event: a dance competition, a cycling race or triathlon, or a baseball/football/tennis game. In these cases, I don’t think the person struggles to make it to the gym because the bigger goal is in mind: the performance and, well, winning. Because winning is fun – for some. And performing is fun for some people too.