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opusculus ([personal profile] opusculus) wrote2012-01-11 04:25 pm
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Exercise and thinking out loud

Okay so, I have completely failed on my New Years Resolution regarding exercise! I am largely whatever on that because honestly I don't really do New Years Resolutions, but it did get me at least think about why I'm apparently so determined to avoid my gym.

So basically, what I realized is that, as much as I enjoy the workouts at my gym and how theoretically they actually are completely scalable from person to person - in practice, the gym has a very strong culture of encouraging everyone to do a little more than they think they could. ...In strict moderation, this could be a good thing! But in practice, I think this results in people who are at the bottom of the fitness scale being pushed too hard and too fast to quite take it up without damage.

I've quit going two or three times aready, but the time most illustrative of my problem was when I quit because I was sore 24/7 and being pushed to do one more pushup on the wall when I could no longer do pushups even of my upper torso in order to complete the set was the final straw. I do best with an expected structure and people around me expecting me to do it, and I'm willing to push myself to within a certain degree. I enjoy pushing myself and people encouraging me to push myself can be fine! But the fastest way to make me go no and also fuck you is to push me slightly too hard on anything, and I think that's what my gym was doing without me realizing it because apparently in my mind that's what exercise is about. Which, you know. No and also fuck that shit.

So. Part of me really wants to go back even despite that! I really love the theoretical scaledness and pushing myself within my limits and the focus on strength and the fact that it's never the same twice. Buuuut realistically I don't think dealing with people trying to push me past my limits, even with the best of intentions, is a remotely good idea. I don't need to start going fuck you no in regards to exercise again. I kind of want to write them an email explaining what my problem is and why, because I think overall it's a tiny gym owned by pretty nice people and if they listen I think it could help other people, but on a personal level I think I'll go in tomorrow and cancel my subscription.

Bah. Now I don't know what I'm going to do about exercise.
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[personal profile] inthetatras 2012-01-13 04:57 pm (UTC)(link)
Most of the exercise I've gotten in the last few years has been from walking/running or bike riding. That may not necessarily target the areas you're more worried about, but it's an easy enough starting point that you don't even need to go to a gym for.
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[personal profile] inthetatras 2012-01-13 06:07 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm a little surprised about the bike riding thing, but I can't talk given some pretty commonplace things I didn't learn how to do/use until the last few years. :T I like walking a lot for the same reason, and also because it saves me bus money. A good 30-60 minute walk in each direction is usually enjoyable.
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[personal profile] inthetatras 2012-01-13 06:30 pm (UTC)(link)
That would do it. It's like the exact opposite for me. See, I grew up in southwest Minneapolis, on creekfront property, within walking distance of both a park and several lakes, all of which have both walking paths and bike paths all around them. it would be strange to grow up in a neighborhood like that and not do a lot of biking and walking. The more suburban areas of Minneapolis are great for walking, and about the only bad place for riding bikes is downtown where bikes have to use a special bike lane in the street because the sidewalks are off-limits. I'm much less familiar with St. Paul, but while downtown St. Paul is also not particularly conducive to bike riding, it's not bad for walking. This probably due largely to the large public transit system the Twin Cities have. A couple hundred bus routes and plenty of sidewalk plus expensive parking ramps in downtown = more people walking, biking, and busing. I've seen areas in various suburbs that lack in sidewalk, though, and those would . . . probably suck for walking/biking depending on how much traffic they get.
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[personal profile] inthetatras 2012-01-13 07:47 pm (UTC)(link)
It is pretty nice. It probably would drive me nuts to live somewhere where you simply can't get around very much without a car. I . . . yeah, I had a driver's permit for a year back in the 90s, and haven't bothered to get a license since then. There's no way I could have afforded to have my own car at any point; I would have most likely borrowed my parents' cars, under their approval. As for SoCal, I had honestly expected there to be at least some walkability simply because that was my impression of the place, but that impression is sorely warped based on a couple trips to Los Angelos back when I was in the single digits of age. (I have family out there, cousins iirc.) It's no wonder I am baffled.
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[personal profile] inthetatras 2012-01-13 08:24 pm (UTC)(link)
That is one ridiculously large metropolitan area. I hear 'metropolitan area' and envision, at most, a region that is 25mi by 25mi maximum. Then again, I hear a city/suburb's population of exceeding 200,000 and think "HUGE." xD;
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[personal profile] inthetatras 2012-01-13 08:30 pm (UTC)(link)
Do you know much about Sacramento, or is that part of NorCal outside your general knowledge?
Edited 2012-01-13 20:30 (UTC)
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[personal profile] inthetatras 2012-01-13 08:41 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm planning to go there sometime this year, and all this talk about accessibility in California made me think, "Oh crap, I had better find out what the transportation out there is like long before I actually go."
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[personal profile] inthetatras 2012-01-13 08:47 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks, I plan to! Here's to hoping Google supplies me with some decent, informative links. Barring that, I can pester my brother about it some.