A Runners’ Creed, for Those Who Hate it

The first thing to be asked is: why run at all, if you hate it? Well. It's a sort of least-worst option thing. First, I want to keep rigorously applying chocolate cake to my mouth whenever the urge takes me. Second, it's free and convenient: it starts outside my front door (or wherever else I … Continue reading A Runners’ Creed, for Those Who Hate it

Dear exercise-haters: you’re doing more than you think

Tim is running a marathon next year. I know, he is p r e t t y intense and very impressive. I have no concept of what running 26.2 miles actually means (since for me it would only mean prolonged but certain asphyxiation) so I will leave the imagining to him. What it means for … Continue reading Dear exercise-haters: you’re doing more than you think

In which Jillian tells me to star-jump, and I say ‘how high?’

Sometimes I suspect that I was last in line when endorphins were given out. I'm doing the 30-Day Shred at the minute. Well, 'doing'. My thirty Days of Shred are interspersed with quite a few Days of Can't Be Bothered, and my hand weights for the strength training parts are baked bean cans. But it's … Continue reading In which Jillian tells me to star-jump, and I say ‘how high?’

Throw-out days are good for the soul

Cleaning out your wardrobe is such a double-edged sword. On the one hand: oh, my dear, the feng shui of it. The satisfaction of decluttering. The throwing away of t-shirts you bought when you were fifteen (YES REALLY). The ease of opening and shutting your drawers. It's all marvellous. On the other hand: my, that's … Continue reading Throw-out days are good for the soul

Week of Determined Extra Movement: Day One

So how much of exercise is psychological? I feel a bit – blah. Flabby. Unenthusiastic. I keep imagining my blood sluggishly chugging along my arteries with all the fizz of week-old Schloer. Last week I did no exercise at all, as the sunburn I got at the beginning of the week made my legs swell … Continue reading Week of Determined Extra Movement: Day One