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August 15, 2011 at 2:08 PMComments: 5 Faves: 0

I hate to Exercise!


I hate to exercise... there... I admitted it!  I spent my entire adult life getting along pretty well without having to think about exercising.  I stayed active, ate well, and pretty much coasted along.  Then I turned 50 and noticed that as I was slowing down my activities my body was changing also.  I noticed that the aches and pains were a little greater.  I couldn't keep up with the pace that I could when I was 30.  You might say Dahhhhhh, but I never thought I'd have to worry about it.  From a health standpoint I'm in good shape, in fact my Doctor jokes that if my exterior looked as good as my interior, I'd be a "Stud" at age 66.  Reality is that although my blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, heart, etc, are all excellent, I’m putting on pounds I don’t need and my abs are not a six pack (never were to be honest). 

Does anyone else out there share my situation?  If so I’d like to hear from you.   For me, I’ve decided that swimming (along with putting less food in my mouth) is the path of least resistance.  I swam in high school and for some reason got out of the habit when I got married and we started raising a family.  I guess there wasn’t time for dad with raising two boys that kept us on the go. 

Swimming is a great activity.  According to U.S. Masters Swimming, “Swimming is one of the most popular forms of aerobic exercise, and it is an excellent activity for anyone who wishes to get fit and stay fit.”   At my age I can not take the high impact and joint stress of running or jogging.  Since swimming is a low impact form of exercise it serves me well.  I don’t know the statistics regarding swimming and loosing weight but I do know that swimming has helped me reduce my tummy and tone my muscles.  I try to swim 3 days per week at 6:30 am.  It is a great way to start the day.

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  • We are on the same page. I know that excercising is good for our healthy living and it is important if I do it on daily basis but I hate it and it became hard to descipline myself. However, we all will not scape from the result that my friend is facing now. Is there one good idea out there?

  • Beryl-

    I think a LOT of people can relate to this! For me, signing up for fitness classes helped a lot. I had already spent the money on it and I had a friend that signed up with me counting on me being there with her and making the classes that much more fun.

    Now that I'm NOT taking a class, I'd like to have a set schedule at home though. I love nature and being outdoors. Walking gives me time to relax and think about things. Now I just need to make it a habit!

    My advice would be to find something you enjoy doing so exercise won't seem like a chore.:)

  • Erin, over the years I've found that doing things at home take tremendous discipline. Fore me the YMCA provides the incentive because I've gotten to know a few guys my age and we tend to swim together and visit after. I do agree about finding something you enjoy so exercise is not a burden. I've found swimming to be very enjoyable, although the water is a bit cold first thing in the morning.

  • Beryl, my husband is in the same boat (almost) he was quite and athlete when he was younger, tennis, wrestling, football, golf, but now he suffers from bad knees.

    I found this site that lets you know how good swimming is:

    he too goes swimming 3-4 times a week at 5am.

    Me I'm not a swimmer, what I really like is just doing regular exercise like Debbie Seibers Slim in 6 versus Shaun T's Insanity. (I tried this once and by calves hurt for 3 days straight).

  • Beryl, thanks for sharing this. This may sound strange, but my husband can relate too! He has aches and pains that are chronic due to breaking his ankles multiple times in high school sports. He has chronic ankle pain and they are constantly swollen. He has little to no ligaments in one of them. It's actually kind of a miracle that he can still walk. I will tell him to try swimming, thanks again for posting this.

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