Latest from the blog: Introducing Couchaholics Anonymous
Do you secretly hate exercising but feel like you have to do it?
ME TOO! And I am starting a support group for people like us. People who don’t really enjoy sweating and breathing hard, who feel like hamsters when we set foot on a treadmill or an elliptical, and who would sit on our butts all day, every day, were it not for a nagging feeling that doing so would bring about an early, preventable death.
My name is Yvonne, and I am a couchaholic.
If you’re interested in joining Couchaholics Anonymous, here are our steps (only four!):
- Make your doctor a partner in achieving and maintaining good health. Not only should you consult your doctor before beginning a new exercise regimen, but your doctor can diagnose and help you manage conditions that affect your energy levels and ability to exercise.
- Make a decision to focus on yourself and do the exercise that is right for you. When you’re just starting out, it’s tempting to compare yourself to everyone else at the gym or on the track. Don’t. Set a pace and a routine that is comfortable for you and stick with it.
- Make a decision to invest in the right equipment. Don’t get the cheapest stuff out there. Assume you will stick with it and spend the money to buy decent (but not the most expensive) shoes, clothing, and other gear (including gear for different seasons, if necessary). Getting in shape will be hard enough without having to fight against uncomfortable or unreliable equipment.
- Log your workouts and be proud of your progress. Take the time to celebrate milestones, like by posting one of these chips on your blog when you’ve earned it!