It’s not a workout unless you hate it: anti-diet project

It’s not a workout unless you hate it anti diet project
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Global warming, murder, whatever – I hate running more than anything. To the dread and rage I feel when someone suggests “a light morning jog”, every evil pales in comparison. About people finding a meditative space of flow and calm when they hit their stride, I hear stories and so badly I want to be that person. But in a hussy fit, my runs inevitably end. With the passion of teething toddler, I hate running. By stopped doing it, I stopped hating it.

It’s not a workout unless you hate it anti diet project

It’s not a workout unless you hate it anti diet project

 

I’ve been exploring fitness to find out what works best for me, for the past few weeks. I’ve been under the impression most of my life that unless it fills me with HATE, it’s not a workout. Of gym class, I was never a fan and I never really found a sport I enjoyed, aside from those mandatory tween years of gymnastic and figure-skating obsession. I think it’s partially to do with feeling disconnected and resentful from my body and also because I’m naturally inclined to spend sunny days curled up indoors with The Six Wives of Henry VIII. You don’t want to move it, when you don’t like your body. Anything that engages the tummy you’re ashamed of or those arms you hate is an exercise in self-consciousness – and in the literal sense I mean that. Of my physical sense, I didn’t want to be conscious. This month in the gym, that’s the first hurdle I jumped. I realized it’s not so bad after all and I got reacquainted with my body.

It’s not a workout unless you hate it anti diet project

It’s not a workout unless you hate it anti diet project

 

Exercise does not necessarily have to be the worst part of my existence has been the big revelation. I think most of us still hold the belief that your workout should be a nightmare, despite all the rhetoric about endorphins and post-workout benefits. I have friends who go to spinning and then lie in the fetal position for an hour after reaching home before they can again engage in human conversation. I am not looking for that. It has to be something I enjoy most of the time, if fitness is really going to become a part of my daily life. 

It’s not a workout unless you hate it anti diet project

It’s not a workout unless you hate it anti diet project

 

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