Exercise, urgh. I hate workouts, I hate sweating. I'm one of those people that avoids a gym like the plague even though I know exercise will save me from obesity and make me a much healthier person.
So why don't I go? It's because of time pressures at the moment, but before I had a child? Well. That was laziness.
It's not just me, though. As a nation we are not great at getting off our butts and working out. I know this because the National Office of Statistics has released some figures to shame us.
Here are some of the stats for you:
Ask your friends if they have any spare time and the answer is likely to be 'not much'.
Work is hectic; families absorb time like a sponge takes on sea water. Our hobbies take last place, lucky you if your hobby is exercise-related like cycling, but what about the knitters out there?
Is it possible to find exercise time? Can you walk to work or go for a brisk 30 minute walk after the kids are in bed? You may find it's possible if you really want it, after all you find time to waste on eBay don't you?
Laziness is a difficult barrier to overcome. Some people seem to have so much more energy, but give exercise a go and you may find that you are one of those people too. If you want to get fit but think you'll wimp out, team up with a friend. Fear of letting someone down is a real motivator.
I wonder if laziness is simply our unwillingness to get uncomfortable. After a long day working and a crappy commute home, the last thing you want to do is exercise. That X Files box set in your onesie is much more appealing and comforting than a jog in the icy rain.
Wobbly bum in your jogging bottoms? Me too! Don't worry about it, it'll soon go. Temporary embarrassment in exchange for abs and revealing summer vests is totally worth it.
The gym is a place of eternal boredom, much like a golf course. Unless you update your iPod every day, that sinking feeling will appear pretty soon. Try to find an exercise that doesn't involve the gym, such as playing a team sport, Zumba (great fun, barely anyone is coordinated) or even a martial art - that one might also save your life one day.
On the weekends go walking with the family. Play football with your kids or swim with your partner. Even moshing it up on the dance floor of Reflex on a Saturday night is exercise.
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