I have heard them talking in the locker room; I hear them gushing about their latest workout. On and on. As for me, it just isn’t so. No, I do not love exercising. No, I do not feel great after a “good” workout. No. No. No.
I have tried a LOT of different kinds of exercise, from weightlifting to dance to swimming to running to bicycling and even various team sports when I was younger. Unfortunately, I don’t like ANY of them. I don’t like to get sweaty. I have never felt a runner’s high. When I finish exercising, I don’t feel great. I am just glad it is over.
My doctor has urged me to do additional exercise and occasionally, I try to do so. But, the only exercise I seem to be able to sustain over the long run is swimming. So, I swim – not gladly, but I do it. I swim 4 times a week for a little over 40 minutes. I swim 48 lengths of a standard pool (25 yards) – 24 laps. I used to vary the strokes I did, but my knees hurt too much when I do the whip kick now and I never was good at backstroke or butterfly, so now it is just the crawl (freestyle). Even so, by the time I finish, my feet are cramping and in constant pain. I once asked my husband to look at my feet while I was swimming to see if they were either bright red or completely white. I thought maybe the pain they caused me might come from circulation problems. But he said they looked normal.
So, don’t ask me if I feel great after my workout. I don’t. I only feel relieved that I am done for the day and can leave. I guess I should make the most of that.