My less-than-virtuous motivations to exercise
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Today on the DailySpark blog there is a post about what motivates people to exercise. It references an August article in the NY Times about a study that suggests people need more immediate gratification and goals to make them stick with an exercise routine. This is something I've been saying for ages. Whenever I hear people say something like, "I'm exercising so that I can be around when my children get married", I start to space out. I mean, that is a lovely goal, but just once I want to hear someone say something more down-to-earth. My daughter's possible wedding in five years isn't going to get me off the couch today. Neither is the supposedly immediate benefit of stress relief.
Every morning I have to tell myself something different to push myself on to the treadmill and these aren't the lofty reasons you hear on the weight-loss shows. Here are a few that I've used:
--I need to walk today so I can get my circulation going and get rid of the swollen Miss Piggy feet I got from our 12-hour car ride.
--I need to walk today because I already paid $8 for that "Zombies, Run!" app on my iPhone and I will feel guilty if I don't use it.
--I need to walk today because I don't like the fact that I ran out of breath when I was performing "marital congress" with my husband last night.
--I need to walk today because walking on the treadmill seems to take away the pain from when I broke my feet, but it only lasts for a day.
--I need to walk today because I don't want to sound or look like that lady I saw yesterday. She seemed uncomfortable in her own body and breathed so heavily she sounded like Darth Vader.
--I need to exercise today so that if I fall down the stairs yet again, I will be more able to help myself get back up.
--I need to exercise today so I can get my kids off my back.
--I need to exercise today so I can prove to my husband that my other health problems are not the result of lack of exercise.
Yes, my mind works in ugly ways sometimes, but these thoughts have gotten me on the treadmill this month. I don't know what I will use when this stops working.