Confession: I hate exercise.
Hate is probably too strong a word here, but I've always been an indoor dweller, a book reader, a laptop junkie. For me, part of it just comes along with being a writer. If I've got an idea, I want to be sitting somewhere committing it to paper or hard drive, not jogging along the street forgetting my next big idea before I even get home.
My ankles swell up on a regular basis. It's one thing I truly dislike about my body. It's hard to find a way to love a trait that makes shoe-shopping difficult. It's hard to get the motivation to go out for walks when you feel too uncomfortable.
I can't be the only person who doesn't like working out; however, I've come to a conclusion. I've got to move this body. I went to my regular (non-endocrinologist) doctor yesterday, and told her I'm concerned about some occasional pains in my knee. It's also making a rather unpleasant crunchy noise when I go downstairs. There are bad knees all over my family history. "Strengthen your quads," said my doc. "It'll help that a lot."
And so, I need to move it, move it. And I need to move it, move it for not a lot of money. I have a smaller living room now, so getting a Kinect or doing Just Dance on the Wii is not as feasible an option as it once was. This is a shame because dancing is really my favorite form of aerobic exercise. The cruel irony of being out of shape is I can't dance as long as I want to!
I don't know how to ride a bike.
I don't mind walking, but I hate running. Maybe if I were in better shape I'd like running, but I'm not a "push through the pain and keep your body going!!" kind of woman.
And let's be honest--summer is upon us, and though I could go walking in my neighborhood, it's going to be hot. Summer is my least favorite season. I am less likely to do a ton of walking outside in the summer because I just find it oppressive. Again, I'm not the greatest at pushing myself to do unpleasant, physically laborious tasks.
So how do you guys do it? I really want some input here from the former-lazypantses among my readers. Even if you are a fitness guru, I'd love to hear from you.
Is it hard to get into yoga? Am I going to spend a fortune if I want to find a gym with a pool? Ultimately, here's what I want: be in better shape, strengthen everything, get my flexibility back.
Is a FitBit or other tracker worth my money? Any decent apps that are free or cheap?
Also, there's a Planet Fitness near me. Are they serious with their $10 a month membership? That's sounding like a tempting option.
Let's throw our thoughts back to the early 80's: Let's get physical, physical.