Ugh, I am feeling down today. Cold pavement, hard dirt, and deep, dark, down.
So I’m not really in the mood for this, but I’ll give it a shot.
I couldn’t live without physical activity in my life. Trust me, I’ve tried. Many, many times.
My natural inclination is towards a rather sedentary, bookish life, which I would spend perched upon a comfortable couch.
My natural body shape hovers somewhere between an apple and a potato, rather than those skinny runner-bean-types that jog, cycle, and swim places. Left to it’s own devices, my body reverts to a kind-of-a couch shape.
I am not naturally coordinated. I lack the disposition for team-sports. I find it very difficult to lose weight, while gaining it is an absolute breeze.
Unfortunately my brain goes all kinds of screwy if I don’t exercise.
The gym is usually enough to keep me on an even keel, but I find working out on my own boring. Running, I suppose, is good for me, but I hate it with a real passion. I get bored. As a result, I haven’t worked out on my own for five years now. Instead I hit 2-5 gym classes a week, and sweat it out amongst the fitness-freak masses.
I also do martial arts twice a week, because if I’m not getting my regular dose of punchy, kicky endorphin release, I get a little difficult to share space with. Martial arts are also helping me become a more confident person.
In short? The gym helps my mood management, punching and kicking helps my anger, and anxiety management, and it’s just better for everyone if I stay active. (Everyone being mostly the poor souls I live with!!!)
It does beg the question of exactly what I’m going to do with myself over Christmas though – I’m spending about a week and a half traveling around to see family and friends, with no access to the gym.
I also finish up TKD for about a month and a half tonight… I’m scared that when I have to go back in January, my flatties will be so relieved to get me out of the house, they’ll tie me up, and leave me outside the dojang, with instruction not to come back until I’ve maimed someone.
… I could always pick up a few extra Boxing classes at the gym over January… Those are always fun.
Daily Question(s!): What can’t you live without? And what’s your take on exercise? Are you a natural gym-bunny, or a couch potato?