I’ve been on a life-long quest to find an exercise that I actually like. I don’t think it exists. However, someone very wise told me, “No one said you have to LIKE it, you just need to DO it.”
I reckon she’s right. It would be a lot easier to do if I liked it, however.
So, what have I done in the past?
As a kid, my favorite exercise was my pogo stick. I bounced nonstop, it seemed. Do they make those for adults?
Before I had my driver’s license, biking was the ONLY way to get anywhere. However, being a homebody, I didn’t really go anywhere very often. Then my bike was stolen and it took a long time to replace it. By then, I was in high school and really only used the bike to get to band practice during the summer. After I got my 1st car, the bike was never ridden again.
I got a new “retro” bike for my birthday a couple of years ago, but the seat hurts me. I need to go to a bicycle store to see what else is available.
I’m not a good swimmer. In fact, I didn’t learn to swim until I was 27. I can’t do anything besides dog paddle because I can’t open my eyes under water. It’s one of my many issues. However, I have done water aerobics, and I did enjoy it. It was a workout that produced sweat without me feeling sweaty. Bonus! The downfall is that the pools that I have available to me seldom have classes when I need them. Also, a membership to the gym pool can be expensive.
I had an aerobics class in college. It was an elective class my freshman year. I had it at 8:00 am. What was I thinking? It definitely got blood pumping and sweat flowing. However, it also sprained my neck and I was in a neck brace for weeks. I don’t think I want to revisit that.
That was a miserable failure. I bought the blades, the pads, the helmet. I was good to go. I was never able to find my balance. It was a sad, sad time.
I tried this about 18 years ago. Oh my goodness! What a workout. That was the one time where I saw and felt results pretty quickly. Unfortunately, I did not stick with it long enough to become good at it. Now, I have “iffy” shoulders and I’m afraid that I’d injure myself with the punching.
I had my collection of Sweatin’ to the Oldies. I have a collection of Leslie Sansone walking DVDs. There’ve been others through the years, although I never had the nerve to purchase Tae Bo or P90X. I always have such high hopes for them, too. I always think, “THIS is the one I’ll love! Look how much fun those women on the cover are having!” Nope. Never happens. I try it once or twice and feel so silly that I give up. (Yep – this is another issue of mine.)
Walking / Running
I actually do like walking. Some. It gets boring sometimes, as I travel in circles around the track, but it is one activity that I can see becoming more interesting as time goes by. Despite the fact that I’m a self-proclaimed “Indoors Girl”, the thought of hiking appeals to me.
I don’t think I’d ever be happy walking or running on a treadmill, though. I could be wrong, but not actually getting anywhere would bother me, I think.
I have a goal of running a 5K one day. Right now, though, my body simply can’t do that. The walking track I use right now is great. It’s indoors and out of the weather. Nine times around = 1 mile. I tried running the other day and couldn’t get around one time before I had to stop running. To some, this would be disaster. However, I made it ¾ of the way around, which is an improvement. When I first started, ¼ of the way around was all I could do.
So, what’s the answer? For now, I think it’s to continue walking at the track, and trying to increase the amount that I can run. As the weather gets warmer, add some outdoor hikes. I love to take photos, so I can strap my camera around my neck and kill two birds with one stone.
Have you found a physical activity that you love? Tell me about it!