thinking about exercise
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
I don’t know of any research in this area, but I have heard that fit people exercise, not that exercising makes one fit. I mean that there are people that liked to exercise, like myself, that go out of their way to exercise. I feel confided or trapped when I don’t get enough exercise. I need to walk, do housework, bike ride, something everyday. I feel restless without it. Even when I worked retail and was on my feet at my job nine hours a day, I lifted weights at home, bike rode and took long walks.
I know many people that have exercised all their lives. I have periods of weeks or months when I don’t exercise, but when I’m happy and healthy I do. My live-in boyfriend joined the Y. I’m on his membership, but he doesn’t go. He’s reluctant to exercise no matter how much he knows that he would feel better if he did. He claims it’s boring and a waste of time.
Exercising one or more hours a day to me is normal. I feel bad if I don’t get to do it. I wonder if there are people that enjoy exercise for exercise sake and others that just don’t. I think the way we approach exercise makes a difference. For example, many people like walking at a slow pace, but the fitness industry tells us that we have to walk fast for it to be exercise. We need to find a way to encourage people that like to move to do movement that they enjoy. Help people find movement that they enjoy and not treat people badly if they abhor exercise.
I think research needs to be done on how to make people want to exercise more. What makes people that enjoy exercise keep doing it. I suppose there are hundreds of questions about exercise that hasn’t been answered or I don’t know where to find the answers.