Thursday, September 13, 2007

Exercise, why do we hate it so?

I know that this isn't a "professional" update, but I do ocassionally post "personal" stuff on this blog also. I like to keep it all in one spot if possible.

Anyway, why do we hate exercise? It's good for us. Our body needs it. We feel soooo good afterwards (endorphins and all that jazz), but why do we have to practically FORCE ourselves to do it?

Some of you out there may be thinking, "I love to exercise" and if you are, CONGRATS! Unfortunately, many of us are just the opposite. I hate exercising, hate it with a passion. BUT, I force myself to do it and I always feel good about it afterwards. I just can't seem to get past the feeling of dread each day when it comes to my workout.

For those of you who don't know, I have lost over 100lbs since my youngest daughter was born. I tipped the scales at 323lbs the day that she was born. Oh yes I know, I was pregnant, but I only gained 14lbs with the pregnancy. I have worked long and HARD to lose the weight and I still have 70lbs to lose before I'll reach my goal weight.

With all of that in mind, why--after so long on the healthy track--do I STILL hate exercising? You would think that by now it would be like second nature to me. But, it's not!

I gulp down 8-10 servings of water a day, each 5 servings of fruits & veggies, watch my carb intake and try my hardest to avoid as many sweets as I possibly can (not always successful with that one). All of that is EASY for me after all this time, but that darn exercise habit avoids me like a disease.

Anyway, I did FORCE myself onto my treadmill (I hate that thing) for 30 mins this morning and my yoga mat is calling my name. I guess I better go use it before I decide to ignore its pleas.

I hope that you have a productive and healthy day!

1 comment:

  1. I'm betting it's totally evolutionary. While it does make us feel better, we feel better in the NOW because we don't exercise.

    Remember, our bodies are not the different from "cave man times" and crave storage of food, since we never ever had that much to begin with.

    Once the body has it's food needs dealt with, I would not be surprised if there is a inate trigger that makes us want to sit on our butts and not move.

    If we do move, our body fights us and tells us to stay put, making us upset and angry.

    Now this can be overcome, by simply doing it, but it's a hard machine to fight, and the body constantly adapts to fight our attempts.

    They even found out some people in controlled studies gained weight when science said they should be loosing it. Why? Thier body made small and unnoticeable changes to thier movement speeds, they walked slower when not exercising etc.,

    When it comes to weight loss it's a fight against the body, the bastard is always changing and fighting you! ;)