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Work concerns affect diet and exercise

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Or should I say lack of work. As of this moment I am waiting to hear about four different positions I've applied to. As Tom Petty sang, "The waiting is the hardest part." This has actually had a positive effect on my exercise program.

Being unemployed I have a lot more spare time on my hands, and rather than sit (which I find enjoyable for short times but tedious for long times), I am reclaiming my gardens and lawn. This requires a lot of digging, weeding, planting, composting etc.

To me, daily exercising seems a chore. I am more interested in exercising my mind than I am my body. Don't get me wrong, I'm not lazy, I just prefer thinking and writing to getting on an exercise bike or doing my band workouts. And, of course, if I get a good idea while exercising I just have to stop and write it down, thus losing momentum for my workout. Not to mention I don't really see obvious positive results from working out. I'm not getting noticeably toned, and although I have lost quite a few pounds it's not that apparent.

However, gardening really shows results. The jungle is gone, replaced by neat flowerbeds and other plantings. The stumps from bushes no longer dot the lawn, they're gone, replaced by grass. The invasive trees (catalpa and sumac mostly) are gone for now; I will have some follow-up work next year. I've washed my siding (manually, not with a power washer), built a walkway of stones, and completely tore down and rebuilt a 20x20 patio... all in the last month. Next up: fencing and the backyard gardens and patio.

There is considerable satisfaction in planning and executing a project like that, working with your hands, and seeing quality results when you're done. Weight loss and muscle toning is also like that... but with landscaping, building furniture and so on, the results are more immediate. So, for me, this sort of "workout" is much more satisfying than pulling on bands for 20 minutes and then riding a stationary bike for 30 more.
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    All that gardening you're doing is exercise! I am with you in that I'd much rather do something that show visible results. It is more satisfying. Good luck with your job search, but enjoy your progress while you wait!
    2519 days ago
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