So, exercising- not really my thing. I kind of hate it. Like irrationally hate it. I have no idea why. Maybe I suppressed a memory of being kidnapped and forced to exercise to secure my release? Perhaps I was made to run on the treadmill as punishment in my early childhood.
Whenever people say you’ll get a natural high from exercising, I think they’re just making it up to make me feel worse. Cause I’ve NEVER felt better after exercising. Most of the time I feel grumpy and sore after. In need of a nap, definitely. On a runner’s high, never.
And yet, I KNOW that I need this. It’s time. I’m 40. My Dad died at 51 of a heart attack and he was pretty active. I need to get off my butt and find a cardio workout that doesn’t make me want to die.
My husband is an athlete, so I went to him for some advice. Here were my qualifications for my workout…
- I don’t run
- I exercise alone (no one wants to see this…)
- I don’t feel like my legs are going to fall off after
- This doesn’t make me sicker, it helps me get better
He’s so awesome, there was no judgement at all, he got excited I was ready to actually do this! He’s been gently trying to get me to do this for ages.
- Start SLOWLY. 15 minutes at first, and NO LONGER
- Get good shoes
- Be consistent, make a plan and stick with it
- Do whatever you want, just don’t push too hard.
- Be a little sore, but not can’t walk sore. That’s your body saying you did good
So you guys, I did it… I signed up for one of those daily video workouts. And I’ve actually been doing them! I feel like a total idiot doing them, but no one is watching, so its ok. And I kind of feel secretly like a badass (don’t tell anyone! Its embarrassing to admit 20 minutes of doing exercise makes me feel like I can conquer the world…). I still feel grumpy and sore after. Its still the last thing I want to do. I still kinda hate it. But I’m doing it, and that makes me feel proud of myself. I’m hoping after a month or two of it, maybe I’ll even start to not dread it! Miracles do happen…