I hate exercise! There, I said it! I've tried to think of a positive way to write a post about exercise, but I can't. I've tried gyms, treadmills, biking, walking, running, everything! I hate it all! Are all blog posts supposed to be positive? This particular post, just can't be positive, because I just don't like exercise. Plain and simple!
I've lost weight, then gained it, then lost it, then gained it, and on and on. Sure, I like being a smaller size, but I find it very painful to exercise to get there. So the minute I don't feel up to it, or have time for it, I quit exercise. When the pain doesn't outweigh the benefits, I don't work out (which is most of the time!) Oh, yeah, and worse, when my father says I'm fat on the internet, I stop working out! (Not that I need an excuse, but hey, I'm affected by my parents mean comments, still! Note to parents: don't comment on your child's weight, good or bad, ever!)
Is it possible to actually not benefit from exercise? I mean, yes, I usually take a little off, as long as I'm eating well, too. I also know all the health benefits for the long term of exercise: lower cholesterol, lowered risk of heart disease, and on and on. But seriously, I am in pain from exercise every single day that I do it! I feel old and frankly, I feel like I need a nap every day that I work out. Everyone says to just give it time and you will feel better. I don't! I have worked out 4-5 days a week for over a year...and I still hate it and feel in pain and tired every day!
So, back to having a somewhat positive post - I am going to try to report in here what I am doing to stay healthy. Not necessarily just exercise, but some of the things I find helpful. Granted - my goal right now is to just exercise 5 days a week, no excuses! Even though I know it hurts - I know that at 40 - I need to take care of myself. We own a good treadmill, and it's the least of the worst of exercise, so that's what I'm using.
What about you? Do you find exercise painful? How do you keep healthy?