Some thoughts on working out from a nonathletic, not particularly enthusiastic, and rather sickly, lady:
- Closing my eyes while on the elliptical not only helps me get into the music or the podcast I’m listening to, but makes the experience a hundred times more enjoyable. My mind is free while my body does its thing, unattended. It feels like dreaming. It took the tedium out of my workout.
- I am free to look like a damn fool while I work out in safety of my bedroom. Those of you who work out in public might not be so fortunate. And you probably shouldn’t close your eyes if you, you know, jog.
- Buying the elliptical was probably one of the best investments we’ve ever made for my health. My stamina is approaching regular-person levels of fitness. Walking around for semi-extended periods of time no longer exhausts me.
- I schedule time to workout everyday. I do not, by any stretch of the imagination, work out every day. My health isn’t stable enough to allow that, but if I schedule time to work out every day then I fit in elliptical time several days a week.
- I’ve learned not to work out, no matter how guilty I feel, when I have the following: a migraine, nausea, arthritis pain, sinus issues. I’ve learned that I can work out with the following: cramps, anxiety, upset stomach. The body is a strange machine.
- Podcasts and the like are okay workout accompaniment as long as I’m extremely interested in the subject. If it’s not moving fast enough, even if I normally enjoy it, it becomes tedious. Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me is a sure thing. Radiolab or This American Life are about 50-50. Music is usually the way to go.
- Investing in exercise is a wise and thrifty choice. Taking care of the health of your body will save you money on doctor bills, prescriptions, sick leave, over the counter remedies, and productivity. Being truly thrifty isn’t just about saving, it’s also about adding value to your life and spending wisely to get the most out of what you do spend. We paid a couple hundred dollars for a machine that I use several times a week that has increased my quality of life dramatically.
- Speaking of music: the best workout music ever has got to be Girl Talk. I made a really poppy station on Pandora but became bored with it almost immediately. The best music to work out to is stuff I genuinely love. Every song doesn’t need to be uptempo as long as most of them are. I work out to some slower songs. Anybody else work out to slow songs occasionally, too?
- Isobel loves hanging out in the bedroom and so looks forward to my “exercises.” She likes to stand on my bed and dance to the music. This makes working out as much as I do possible.
- Once I get really into working out, I generally have to make myself stop. My limit is about 30 minutes. If I go beyond that I end up hurting myself.
- There are days that I just don’t get into it, even with closing my eyes and listening to perfect music and generally doing the right things. And that’s okay.
- I started working out to maintain a healthy weight, but it has so many other wonderful benefits: I need less sleep and wake up with more energy. I get so much more done throughout the day. Standing, walking, and being a normal human being is so much easier. Perhaps best of all, working out has made anxiety my bitch.
What has helped you work out lately? What gives you motivation?