Every year I decide to work on my fitness. Years ago I played basketball and loved roller skating but age and my general accident proneness has stopped that progressing any further and I’ve been struggling with fitness ever since. I’ve tried reward based outcomes, classes, memberships, fun runs, trying to con other people to work out with me and so much more.
The truth is, I hate exercising. I love how I feel after it, but I hate the monotony of exercising regularly. Unfortunately, it’s not something you can just cram in for one day a month and then not have to worry about it. Otherwise I would absolutely do that!
Now my confession with this exercise whinge is that I have a gym membership and plenty of beautiful walking tracks metres from my front door. But I can come up with all kinds of excuses. These include but are not limited to: I’m tired, I’m sick, my (whatever body part) hurts, I’m too busy, it’s dark, it’s cold, it’s hot, I don’t feel like it, it’s the start / end of a busy week, it’s the first day of my period. Do I need to keep going?
Deep down I guess I don’t value exercising. I’ve always believed I could control my weight simply by what I ate. Which for years was not a problem but after 35 with a slowing metabolism, steroid medications and probably a few too many wines, this is no longer the case.
I’ve tried to cultivate the feel-good part of exercise and the motivation comes and goes. However, if I’m honest my wardrobe is probably my main motivation for working out. I love clothes. I’ve spent a small fortune on them over the years so I’m determined to be able to wear them for a long time to come. Which unfortunately means I really need to embrace exercise as I’ve come to love wine, cheese and chocolate way too much to be giving them up!
I also know the benefits of exercise for mental health, bone density, blah, blah, blah – but for me at this stage of my life it really has come down to economics. Exercising means I can extend the life of my wardrobe for as long as I’m the size I am. Now this may seem shallow and ridiculous but so what? The truth is I love food, wine and clothes!
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