All my friends these days are posting pictures of their 5k runs. The Color Run. The Electric Run. The Spartan Run. The Neon Dash. The Tough Mudder. Running seems like so much fun from looking at their pictures. But when I go running, it’s just not fun.
Believe me, I’ve tried running. I just don’t like it. Am I the only one that feels this way?
I’m going to be really honest here, because it gets worse. I really don’t like exercising in general. A year or so ago, I bought some workout clothes, hoping that it would inspire me to exercise. It helped a little, but not much.
I do like going for walks with my husband, and we do that fairly frequently when the weather’s nice. Walking is definitely good exercise, but I don’t go on enough walks with my husband to constitute a thorough work out. And for a large portion of the year, the weather is too hot or cold.
Here are some of my top excuses for not exercising:
- I hate running. And it’s bad for your knees, too!
- It’s too hot (or cold) outside.
- I’m already waking up super early to substitute teach; I can’t handle waking up any earlier or I’ll be a grump all day.
- If I exercise later in the day, I’ll have to take a second shower.
- I’m too tired.
- I don’t like to sweat.
- I don’t have enough time.
- The treadmill downstairs in the apartment fitness center is boring.
- A gym membership is too expensive.
- My apartment is so small there’s not really enough room to do an exercise video.
Yes, I know. These excuses are completely lame. The bottom line is I’m just lazy when it comes to exercising. I know I should be exercising more. When I do exercise (which is maybe once or twice a week), I feel more energized, I sleep better, and I just feel healthier in general. However, I am so inconsistent.
In the past when I would mention to someone I needed to exercise, they’d say “Oh, you’re so skinny! You don’t need to exercise!” What kind of advice is that? Even people in a normal weight range still need to exercise!
I’d like to hear your suggestions and tips for how to exercise more. I’m not looking for a fancy 2 hour regimen at the gym. I’m just looking for a way to practically incorporate a little more physical activity into my day. Please send your ideas and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org, use this contact form, or comment below, and I’ll write a follow-up blog post with some of the best suggestions!