We all want to live a long and healthy life. We all want to be in shape and improve our general well-being. And everybody will tell you that exercising is one sure way to achieve that. But what if you don’t like exercising? What if you tried your best to go to the gym or run a couple of miles every day but gave up after two days?
Well, too bad. If you don’t keep up that routine, if you don’t take care of yourself, don’t expect us to come visit you in the hospital. You are a responsible adult and if you don’t make the effort of keeping yourself healthy, you won’t have anybody to blame but yourself.
I am one of those poor chumps people say this kind of things. And I understand their point of view. There are numerous studies that prove beyond doubt that exercising regularly works wonders for your mental and physical health. I still can’t do it.
Take running for example. I wouldn’t run to catch a bus and I would prefer being late to an important meeting rather than start running.
As one sincere guy on the internet said, if you see me run, go ahead and run yourself, because there’s surely some monstrous creature out to get us all.
It’s not about being lazy or not understanding the possibility of runner’s high. I would just prefer not to. There’s so many interesting things to do out there, and running is not one of them. As Ann from Parks and Recreation has famously put it: “Jogging is the worst! I know it keeps you healthy, but God, at what cost?”
So I find myself in the situation where I am ashamed of not liking to jog or to go to the gym. I smile politely when people are talking about the latest trend in exercising, hoping they won’t ask which one is my favorite.
It has become a taboo, a secret that I keep firmly undercover and a source of guilt and anxiety.
Until now. Consider this my coming out of the closet. I proudly admit that I don’t exercise and I like it this way.
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