I’ve been trying to find ways to get back into exercise. I vehemently protested it for years, perhaps as a rebellion against my younger self who had an exercise-purging eating disorder going on. But, the truth is that exercise isn’t all about attempting to be a size two or weigh less than 130 pounds. I’m learning that slowly, as I develop issues like insomnia and sluggish metabolism. Exercise can alleviate each of these. When I exercise, I feel the results almost instantly. I sleep better. I feel less lethargic after meals. I did, however, get very frustrated when I first picked it back up. I went to the gym, and realized I’d spent more time driving there, parking, waiting for machines, and driving back than I spent actually exercising. I hated that misuse of time, and it’s one reason I don’t do gyms. It got me thinking about the many nuisances of exercise that can keep people from doing it, and how to get around those.
The insufferable heat
Exercising outdoors during certain times of the year simply isn’t an option. Jogging in the heat is downright dangerous when temperatures approach 100 degrees. Let’s not mention that the heat just beats you down in a way that makes it hard to exercise longer than 10 or 15 minutes, and then you’re super sweat, just from the climate.