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12 October 2008 @ 09:28 pm
A note on excersize  
doing exercise used to make me feel crappy. Well it kind of still does, but lack of exercise also makes me feel crappy. This is a good thing. It drives me to exercise. My legs start to itch if I don't do SOMETHING. Now, if this could just happen more often and I could shed the exercise feeling like suck, I'd be a thinner person with better cardio.
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mathhobbitmathhobbit on October 13th, 2008 01:48 am (UTC)
My current theory is that the exercise feeling like suck is related to the type of exercise. Maybe swimming would be better for you right now, or weight lifting, or something. For me, I think "aerobic exercise" feels like suck and other types don't so much. (Which means I'm getting less aerobic exercise and not improving there so much, but any exercise is better than none. Exercise that genuinely feels good is like avocados.)
A Sage With a Slight Flaw in Her Charactereccentrific on October 13th, 2008 02:01 am (UTC)
I used to think aerobic exercise felt like suck. However, I have since discovered that if I monitor my heart rate and keep it in the recommended range for aerobic exercise it doesn't suck. The suck only occurs if I let it go over that (which I do if I'm not paying attention).
Jadiajadia on October 13th, 2008 02:59 am (UTC)
for me, i still don't really like aerobic exercise, but when I did it more I got used to not liking it. If you know what I mean? It was like, "oh, it's *supposed* to feel hard. okay then." and then i could just do it and it would be fine.

Afterwards I'd feel all accomplished so that was also a good feeling, to reinforce it. But it's hard to keep doing it because i don't really like it intrinsically.
The Water Seeker: bike rainbowplymouth on October 13th, 2008 05:51 am (UTC)
The only type of exercise I have EVER stuck with long term is biking. The reasons for this are:

1) It fulfills multiple purposes - commuting, exercise, pollution reduction. Even though it takes me longer to bike to work than it does to drive, it still takes me less time than it would to drive and then get a similar amount of exercise some other way. This is efficient. My engineer brain REALLY LIKES efficient.

2) I can has datas! I have my little cyclometer from which I obsessively record data and track my progress vs goals. Also, my goals are flexible - they are YEARLY goals. So if I slack one week or month I can make it up the next week or month. I spent the first 5 months of the year behind but now I'm caught up and slightly ahead.

It would seem that I'm fairly unique in this. I do know other people who are motivated by such things but it seems to be uncommon. And, yeah, some days it just doesn't feel good anyway. But when I don't get to bike for a few days that ALSO doesn't feel good. And I don't get DATAS!!
katybeth on October 13th, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC)
You are not at all unique in this respect.
The Water Seekerplymouth on October 13th, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
Which aspect specifically? Because I'm just not seeing it.

Anyway, my point wasn't that I'm a special snowflake. Just that if forgotten_aria doesn't find the same things that I do motivating it wouldn't be surprising. I wasn't stating them as suggestions. You gotta find your own motivation. That's mine.

Edited at 2008-10-13 08:30 pm (UTC)
katybeth on October 13th, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry; I misread you saying you seem to be fairly unique as that you hadn't found other people who enjoyed/stuck with biking for the same reasons that you do, and inferred that you would like to know that you weren't the only one like that.

I have enjoyed biking for its efficiency (from my last house it was the same to take the bus in, with transfer, as to bike to the freeway stop and catch the bus from there, plus I got exercise), and also for data collection. I'm biking a lot less now since I moved, but I have friends who enjoy biking for similar reasons.

I agree with you that you have to find your own motivation, and that for many people (me included) it's hard to stay with any form of exercise unless it's something that appeals to you somehow.
sauergeeksauergeek on October 14th, 2008 03:38 am (UTC)
I dislike exercise that has no purpose other than exercise. That said, I found a way to get fairly decent exercise just by modifying my daily routine a bit. Most days, I take the train to work. It's about a mile from my place to the train station. Instead of taking the bus there, I walk. It takes only marginally longer to walk, and it does me good. I do this 3-4 times a week -- and I'd do it more if public transit would line up sanely if I'm going home late (say, after drumming or if I'm going to a concert). If I was just walking a mile for the sake of exercise, it would rarely, if ever, happen.
Someone I am is waiting for my courageforgotten_aria on October 14th, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
When I still had a job, I used to walk as much as I could and still be on schedule. I once even walked from Somerville to Cambridge. It didn't really control my weight at all, however, which might be too much to ask. Regarless, I don't have a job everday, so making my daily commute harder isn't really an option, sadly.