I would actually use the word ‘hate’ to describe my feeling towards exercising, but ‘hate’ is such a strong word. Instead I might just say that I really really do not like exercising… That’s the closest thing to hate I could manage.
Some mornings, one of my colleagues would come to work all happy and chirpy, and being a nosy colleague, I would always ask her: ‘what’s the good news?’. Four times out of five, there were no good news. She was just extremely happy and chirpy because she just had a good work out.
Good work out?
That is such a weird concept I could never understand. Sometimes, I couldn’t hold my tongue so I would tell her that she is a masochistic woman as she enjoyed all those painful muscle, and jelly legs.
If anyone finds me looking happy and chirpy after a work out session, please be rest assure that the only reason for that happiness would be that the work out session was finally over.
Every new year. When people I know made this new year resolutions to go to the gym more often, or even to start going to the gym. I never bothered. I know I would not follow that through. And applying for a gym membership for me would just be a waste of money — which I could have saved for my early retirement plan.
My sister loves playing tennis. She would splurge on a high quality racket, hiring a coach, and go for two hours sessions twice or even three times a week. Would come home incredibly happy and extremely sweaty. And the only time I voluntarily went with her was because I thought I could lose weight doing that.
Later on when I realised that weight loss is actually 80% diet and 20% exercise, I decided that I would not mind not getting 100% result or reaching my goal weight 20% slower if I could avoid working out. And I have been avoiding it so far.
Of course I know the importance of getting a proper work out. I just don’t believe that it has to be done the way most people doing it.
People who has an active lifestyle are scientifically proven to be healthier, than those who are not active. But do you really have to slave over the treadmill or go to work with jelly legs to be considered as active? Or you can be… you know… active.
To answer that question I went to one of my most trusted website for health info. NHS website.
And what a relief… Let me quote it directly from their website here:
A brisk 10-minute daily walk has lots of health benefits and counts towards your recommended 150 minutes of weekly exercise.https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/walking-for-health/
Ha! And what constitutes walking briskly? Is that when you can still talk but cannot sing a song.
So there you go… 40 minutes walk a day to work, four days a week. And… I can’t sing. That’s 160 minutes already, right?
My work requires me to go up and down two flights of stairs, at least four times a day. That’s also exercise, right?
So… basically I am kind of active-ish, right?
I wish all of those were true. I might take 40 minutes to walk to work, but I don’t think I walk brisk enough. I just can’t sing in general, but it has nothing to do with the walk. After all that’s gonna go soon as I get more comfortable with driving. And that going up and down the stairs… really it was done very very slowly, and carefully because most of the time I also carry heavy stuff with me.
I was just making excuses.
Like many people I am making excuses so that I don’t have to do things that I hate doing, even though I know it is needed. I stuck with yoga apps on my phone which I have never opened since the day I downloaded it.
Been told to try HIIT, by one friend of mine. She gave me a copy of her Kayla Itsines routine to try. It’s only 10 minutes a day for maximum calorie burns, they said. Bloody hell… the longest 10 minutes in my life. I deleted that file from my life after a week. A week — that’s how long my perseverance lasted.
I don’t understand why I don’t get that rush after a work out. The only one rushing is me to the shower because I just can’t stand being sweaty. Ew!
But I do know I need to get more active even though I am still losing weight from calorie control alone. The change of a lifestyle is no longer about the quantity (the number on the scale), but the quality (my health in general). So to complete the bigger picture, I know I have to change this habit and drag my arse to do some physical activity.
- Making my LOTRO characters run hundred miles from Shire to Bree doesn’t count as physical activity.
- No, I don’t need to wait for 2021 New Year Resolution to make a change.
- Just like eating habit, physical activity habit needs to be sustainable too… best not to go too ambitious with it, because I know my limit…