Sunday, July 5, 2009

I don't enjoy exercise and running

One of the facets of a healthy life is exercise. I don't like exercise and I don't like running.

I don't like getting hot and sweaty, I don't like getting stinky, I don't like being puffed, I don't like getting a snotty nose, I don't like chaffing, I don't like creating extra laundry, I don't like being rained upon, I don't like pushing myself along, I don't like going up hills, I don't like the stitch...... there is nothing I like about running or exercise.

Have I communicated strongly enough that I don't like exercise?!

Went for a run this morning. Running is what I do when I need to do exercise. Why did I run when I loath running or any exercise?

Because the benefits outweigh the pain.

For the last two days I have not been sleeping at all well. Dreaming all night, nightmares etc (fortunately no night terrors yet - this is when you wake up screaming). I think it could be that I have tweaked the handful of pills that I take to get to and stay asleep.

Lack of sleep is thee thing that makes me do exercise. When I was a student I had to periodically run as I hard trouble getting to sleep, when my burnout/depression was getting better running we essential if I wanted to get to sleep or have any chance of a deep/refreshing sleep.

Earlier in the year I up'ed my medication and have stabilized my mood as "normal." This is great, but it meant that run or no run I sleep wonderfully. Therefore I stopped running. As the medication also slowed my metabolism down, for the first time in my life I can put on weight. Thus year to date I have gained 15 kg of fat.

So this need to run, assuming that I sleep well tonight, and don't have to go back onto stronger med's to have a restful sleep, will be a blessing. Thus I might be running regularly again.

It is all about the pain of staying the same is more than the pain of running. In my case the pain of not sleeping well is more than the pain of running. So what nutrition or wellness thing that you know you should do that you don't. How can you make the pain of not doing it greater than the pain of staying the same?

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