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This week's topic is Types Of Exercise I Enjoy, and folks, I have a confession to make. (It probably won't surprise anyone.)
I don't actually enjoy exercise in any form. I suspect I am far from alone in this. Also, I have no discipline; I suspect I am far from alone in this as well.
So in order for me to get exercise, I have to do it almost by accident. It has to be part of something else I enjoy. That used to be things like gymnastics, martial arts, even track. (I don't actually like running on flat surfaces like an actual track, but give me the sort of cross-country that borders on Parkour and I'm in. Or at least I used to be; my knees aren't as cooperative as they once were.) Gymnastics has kind of an age limit on it - nobody reputable will even let me near their equipment, and that's been true since my late twenties -- and while I'd love to get back to martial arts I've been out for nearly a decade now and I don't see anywhere in my schedule to put it. (I'd love to get the boys into some sort of martial arts, but the same problem applies there: there's nowhere in the schedule where it wouldn't be hugely disruptive.) Same on all accounts for various sorts of fencing.
Most of my current exercise comes of walking our newly-acquired dog. Mind you, it's not the walking I enjoy, it's that this give the Beautiful Woman and myself a chance to get out of the house together for a little bit. (Sometimes the boys come too, but usually it's just us.) These can be fairly extensive walks, so it definitely counts as exercise (and with the way the dog pulls on the leash, it's more work on the stabilizers and the core than you might expect). I do make it a point to get up and move around at work also, but again: it gets me out of the building for a little while.
The rest of what I get comes from boys jumping on me, often with Nerf weapons. Which is more enjoyable than you might expect, since I get to fight back with the Nerf battleaxe.
Sounds like between the dog and your kids there's plenty of exercise. I ran Cross-Country. A 5K run is much more fun than 12 laps on the track. https://pmprescott.blogspot.com/2020/02/wednesday-challenge-021920.htmlReplyDelete
It really is.Delete
A lot of people have mentioned walking their dogs this week. I think that must be a pretty common form of exercise for people who have dogs!ReplyDelete
And those nerf battles sound so fun.
Yeah, there's nothing quite like a dog for an exercise coach. "Faster, human! Faster! Come on! Wait, over here, this smells interestin-- HEY THERE'S ANOTHER DOG OVER THERE WE HAVE TO GO THAT WAY! Why are you so slow, human?"Delete
I'm so grateful to my dogs for keeping me regularly active. It's far to easy to become a lump on a log. Enjoy yours! Where are the pix?ReplyDelete
We've only had him since Christmas (more or less), so I don't have many... but I put one here:Delete
A Dog And His Boy
Oh my word ... does he still have one floppy ear??? Awww... and how do you not have many? I must have 900 pictures of my dogs from last month alone. It's a disease...Delete
Thanks for stopping by earlier! Kids are great to keep you active. And I have my watch set to let me know when I've not gotten enough movement every hour.... and I get up and move!ReplyDelete
My job does at least offer opportunities to not be sedentary, but I still make it a point to get up and circle the building whenever I hit breaktime.Delete
Kids definitely give you a legit workout! I have an alarm set when I'm writing so I don't get so engrossed I forget to get up and move around a bit.ReplyDelete
I'd probably need something like that if I ever got extended, uninterrupted time to write!Delete
You are my people, Michael. I have to admit, our poor dog does not get the walks he deserves. Unless you count the time, about once a month, when he shoots out the door and disappears up the street at high speed!ReplyDelete
We've been very fortunate that so far, our dog shows no inclination to run away. Drag us along, yes; head off on his own, now.Delete
Nerf wars are still a sport. Takes a lot of dodging and weaving to keep away from the little foam bullets. But I get it. The dogs do tug. Especially when they see the little 4 legged critters and want to chase. :-)ReplyDelete
They do! And those bullets sting, too!Delete
I feel you on this so much. And finding something you enjoy is the crux of it all, honestly. Walking the dog would be worth the walk. :)ReplyDelete
Plus, he's a sweet, sweet doggo and he deserves the walk...Delete
You have a dog, you'll be fine! I'm sure I read somewhere that people who have dogs are fitter or live longer or something good because they get out more with their pet. I'm very jealous of you having a dog. I adore them but don't have one at the moment. It's not all sad though. Our neighbour has a beautiful dog so I can get a dog fix from him.ReplyDelete
Having a dog would definitely add to my exercise quota.ReplyDelete