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Monday, January 13, 2014

Coming to Grips with My Exercise Aversion

Who knew exercise aversion was a real thing? I thought it was just called laziness, but that was before I started working with my DD (Dynamic Duo for any first-timers). Sometimes when we discuss my possible aversion to all things physical I imagine a couple of sociologists sitting in a room somewhere devising a new term like they did with "personal fable," which describes how teenagers think nothing bad can ever happen to them (a tidbit I remember from a sociology class when I was in college way back in the Dark Ages).

"We can't tell overweight folks
that they're lazy, so let's come up
with a more sensitive, politically
correct term that won't hurt
anyone's feelings."

"How about we say they suffer from Treadmill Tremors?"

"No, no...too kitschy."

"Unenthusiastic underactivists?"

"No, too judgmental."

"Well, doing anything active seems to be a real turn-off with this group. How about exercise aversion?"

"Ooh...I like that. We'll go with that one."

Turns out, it's a real thing. My nutritionist says I need to focus on doing things I like...taking a walk with my dogs, playing tennis with my daughter, etc and I need to begin slowly, which is a thing for me because in the past, I would start off the new year by engaging in a rigorous, balls-to-the-wall workout routine only to throw in the towel after a week or two. Makes sense. I can see how I've grown to hate exercise over the years. For one, I make it very difficult on myself, and two, I do things too hard, too fast that are most likely way above the activity level where I've been living for the past several years. For some reason, I think I'm still 17 years old and in the best shape of my life. Just call me Cleopatra. ;o)

I came across an article in the New York Times about a Chinese study that looked at how thin women and overweight women interpret images that show females engaging in different activities. According to this study, our body shape/type affects how we decipher these images and big surprise...thinner women's brains lit up when they saw other women working out or running, and overweight women turned on when they saw food being prepared or women reclining on couches.

It's an interesting article and you can read it here:

Our body shape/size may determine how we see exercise

If I'm having a hard time swallowing the idea of "exercise aversion" I can only imagine what all of the workout fiends and fitnessphiles and society as a whole thinks of this expression. I can just imagine eyeballs rolling in gyms across America.

Not that I care anymore....

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