Confession Time: I Don’t Like Working Out

Confession Time: I Don’t Like Working Out

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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Self reminder:

  1. Making my LOTRO characters run hundred miles from Shire to Bree doesn’t count as physical activity.
  2. No, I don’t need to wait for 2021 New Year Resolution to make a change.
  3. 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…

9 thoughts on “Confession Time: I Don’t Like Working Out

  1. Why don’t you try to find what kind of activity you actually like, then the rest will come alone…I mean… if you try to do something that you actually like, it won’t be that annoying. I understand your point of view, because I like to work out, but I’m either too tired after long day at work or just try to do it and than try to do all of my other housework like I’m racing with someone…and yes, this is an excuse from my side either 😉 Good luck with this decision and remember, don’t be so hard with yourself, find the one activity that makes you feel happy ( may be yoga practice, jogging, dancing or etc.) 🙂

    1. Hey Elitsa, thank you for your comment 🙂 🙂 I’ve been thinking, yoga might be doable as I just like being completely still 🤣🤣
      I’ll try to find something, as we are now back to lockdown… I cannot use work as an excuse anymore 🤣

  2. There’s that word again: sustainable. What will be likely to stick around in the long run? Food wise, I’m really happy with the way I eat now and am pretty sure I can eat this way permanently. It allows me to eat lots of things I like and also has options for making on-plan versions of some sweeter items. But exercise? I think you must have been reading my mind, because I was also thinking of blogging about the subject myself recently. I’ve never liked exercise. I hate the idea of being forced to do something that feels like torture, lol.

    And yes, hate might be a strong word, but my feelings towards exercise are very strong. And not in a good way. It probably goes back to PE classes at school. Having to go outside and do cross-country in the winter, in stupid little knicker-shorts, with the sadistic teacher lavishing praise on the sporty types and barking insults and orders at those of us lagging behind. In the end I just stopped bringing my kit in altogether and told her she couldn’t physically force me to do PE so she should probably stop wasting her time. And I never did any PE again after that. Which was sort of a win for me, because I got to not have to do what I didn’t want to do…but it probably set in motion a range of feelings and actions that meant I forever associated exercise with negativity.

    Like you said in this post, weight loss is mostly about diet (as in the food we eat, not a ‘diet’ in and of itself) and I’ve known plenty of people who manage to get to their target without having to so much as break into a sweat. But one thing I personally want to look into in the future, is some kind of strength training. Having fibro/arthritis means I have a lot of problems with movement and doing too much of anything (yes even a slow walk) can trigger off pain and immobility for days. But I want to feel stronger and more resilient, so when I’ve shifted a bit more weight, I’m going to try and find a sports therapist who understands fibro/arthritis, to see if I can at least find something that gives me a better, stronger physique that might also help to prevent certain flare-ups.

    It’s not so much that I want to do exercise to get slimmer….more that I want to improve my physicality, so I need to get slimmer in order to do that – does that make sense? But like you, I don’t think I’ll be training for the London marathon anytime soon (and if you ever hear me say that I’m thinking of taking up yoga, feel free to give me the written equivalent of a boot up the arse, to get me to come back to earth and quit with the crazy talk!)

    Because you already know and hit the nail on the head when you talked about ‘sustainable’ habits. If we don’t enjoy it, we won’t stick with it. And a habit we never stick to is a waste of time and effort. In the meantime, if you figure out what kind of exercise doesn’t make you feel like an angry sweat-monster who wants to die, let me know right? Lol.

    Take care

    Blue

    1. Hey Blue 🙂 Thank you for your comment 😀

      I’ve been trying to avoid this particular subject for a very long time, however I know that this is inevitable. If we are talking about health, at some point, we will have to talk about exercise.
      Admitting that I hate exercise is difficult. For so long, my extremely sedentary lifestyle has been seen as a sign of laziness. This kind of stigma, I believe is the reason why a lot of people won’t admit that they actually hates exercising more than eating celery. Of course, there are people like my husband who would prefer push up than celery, but he’s odd :p~

      So, as my effort to ‘move more’, I insisted to walk to work. This takes 40 minutes of my life, four days a week. Obviously I prefer spending those time doing something else, but as an effort that is the only thing that I believed could be sustainable.
      But now I have car, and the temptation to go to work in the comfort of the car is just so strong — even stronger because I did not like exercising to start with. Not that I have to worry about this as we are back on the second lockdown, but… something to think about in a month time.

      I think yoga is not too bad. I am sure I can do Shavasana every day… even, couple of hours every day. Not sure if ‘corpse pose’ would contribute anything to strength training, but I think it is also something worth looking into. It’s so easy, I can literally do it on my sleep :p~~

      1. Hey Mel, Just dropping by to say hi and check in with you. Hope things are going well for you and you haven’t started pulling your hair out in frustration (if you have and it’s any consolation, I hacked off all my waist-length, poker straight hair myself recently because my fibro & arthritis had left my arms so sore and tired, I just kept scraping it up in a bun and putting it out of my mind. The knots and tangles got so matted and unmanageable that I just ended up taking a pair of kitchen scissors to the lot of it, in the most unflattering cropped mess it’s ever been, lol. Had to be done though because my arms felt so heavy I could barely wield a hairbrush and it hurt my scalp so much to even try to brush it all out. It’s not such a terrible thing because I’m a mad wig-wearer anyway (despite having had really lovely long, dark hair all my life) so it’s easy to cover up when I go out. but I thought the mental picture of me looking like an absolute hobo might make you giggle. It makes both me and the other half laugh as the regrowth has taken me through various stages: Sue Perkins level, Ronnie Wood level and now Helena Bonham Carter in Fight Club level. It looks terrible, doesn’t suit me and is a million different lengths (I went real close to the scalp in some places, ha ha) but it’ll grow back and at least right now it’s super easy to wash. But yeah, I look an absolute sight. Please have a good giggle at my expense, because I am infinitely hilarious looking.

        Anyway, like I said, I hope you doing okay. Hope you feel like posting again sometime soon because I enjoy your blog and I like hearing about all the things you try out to get yourself in shape.

        Take care

        Blue

        1. ooh I wish I could just use my husband’s clipper and buzz my head with no mercy…. But it would be really cold going out at this time of the year without hair covering my head 😀
          In all honesty I would love to have Sue Perkins hairstyle. Loved watching her on her Mrs. Dickens documentary during the Christmas weeks. So it can’t be that bad… right?

          I was definitely struggling, but I am trying to find the positive, such as reminding myself that 2020 will be over in a couple of days. Which has cheered me up a little.

          And you know what else cheered me up? Your comments 😀 Honestly I just chopped my husband’s hair just after Christmas (barbers are closed again in this part of the world, and to be honest we would not risk it even if it’s open), so I can imagine what your hair went through 😀 Thank you so much Blue <3 <3

    1. Hey Kate, I am okay now, thank you 🙂 It was a bad month. I am coming back soon though, with a bit of updates 🙂

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