Run Forest Run

This week Kirsty wants us to dish the dirt on our real feelings about exercise.  I must confess that I got a little giddy thinking about the prompt for this week, you see I hate exercise with a passion (such a shock I know!) but I am multi layered in my approach to my love/hate relationship with huffy puffy.  Like an onion.

First off, I know I said that I hate exercise, that’s not strictly true.  I don’t like exercise for the sake of exercise.  If I go for a walk, I like it to be going somewhere with a purpose.  I much prefer to walk to the shops that just ‘go for a walk’.  I find that it doesn’t feel as labour intensive when I am exercising for a purpose other than to get my heart rate up.

I don’t hate all exercise equally.  I have a special brand of loathing for running.  I just can’t do it.  I feel strange and clunky.  Even when I was a teenager and didn’t have DD’s to deal with (seriously, I was an A until I turned 18) I didn’t feel comfortable running.  I think that I probably have a heavy step and tend to drag my feet rather than lift which is what makes it so uncomfortable but at the moment I am happy with walking.

Swimming kind of breaks my first rule though.  I love it, I don’t do it nearly enough and I miss it.  One of my favourite parts of swimming is the peacefulness.  It’s just you and the water.  Swimming was one of the staples in my childhood, I started swimming club when I was around 10 and really fell in love with it.  I love the burn you feel in your chest as you push yourself to go that extra few strokes before a breath.

I’m not particularly a fast swimmer, I never was.  I can’t do ‘proper’ breast stroke because my knees turn in, which makes my kick turn in.  Yes, there really is a proper way to do breast stroke.  I can swim though, and I enjoy it.  Through my teenage years when I hated myself and nearly everyone around me, it was one of the few things that I enjoyed.  I hated my body, yet strangely I had no qualms in donning a pair of swimmers, even a bikini as I got older.

I must confess that I really miss swimming.  I have lost a lot of the confidence in my body and in myself.  Our local public swimming pool has a heated pool, maybe I should bring swimming back into my life.

What is your favourite way to get active?

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25 thoughts on “Run Forest Run

  1. Lydia C. Lee

    I like swimming but then I get bored (round lap 7) if I can make it through that, then I’ll keep going but half the time I come up with some reason to ‘wrap it up’….

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    1. Tegan Post author

      I’m hoping to get some fins so that I can combat the bored feeling as they make your legs work harder but you go faster :)

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  2. Sarah from Creating Contentment

    You and I have the same feelings for swimming! During mediations when I am to think of a time of peace, I think of being in water. I love how the lack of sound and images also reinforce the feeling of being utter alone. I feel suspended in time. Love swimming.

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    1. Tegan Post author

      Yep, you’ve pretty much just summed up my feelings around water too. I’ve always been a water baby and I’m so glad that my son is too!

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  3. Toni @ Finding Myself Young

    I love swimming too. I went swimming heaps when I was pregnant. Well I wouldn’t call it swimming it was more floating around and walking back and forth, but it felt awesome being in the water. Bub and I do swimming together now too.

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  4. Emma Fahy Davis

    I was a squad swimmer as a teenager, won medals and everything. I find the repetitiveness of lap swimming really soothing. I never had much speed, but I had stamina so I always did well in the distance freestyle. Never mastered breaststroke tho, that kick is impossible! My knees and hips click just thinking about it!

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    1. Tegan Post author

      I wasn’t good enough to win medals, and I hated that once I turned a certain age (I think it was 12) that the minimum distance I could do at a carnival was 100m. I could do 100m Freestyle easy but Butterfly was impossible. Although I must admit Fly was my favourite stroke, it just felt so powerful.

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  5. Angela

    I find myself disliking exercise for the sake of exercise too. I love to go for a walk, with a friend or to walk the dog. Because I am not just walking. I don’t do running well but excelled when I was younger. Now it makes me feel tired just thinking about it. I never got into swimming but I put it in the same basket as the gym. I see swimming laps as exercise and it just isn’t inviting for me. Team sports on the otherhand, like netball, get me excited just thinking about it. Unfortunately I am never consistent. I play a season or two and then I over stretch a ligament in my ankle and am out for even more and then have to find the confidence to start back up again and rebuild my strength. I am currently thinking about starting again, but I know no one here so would have to meet completely new people and that is just as daunting in itself.

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      1. Angela

        Good idea. Will check out places to play while my belly is still fixing itself and when I find somewhere will contact her.

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  6. Ness

    I’m lucky that I’m the one in a billion bizarre person who likes working out at home alone with a DVD or Youtube clip. I used to walk everywhere before I started driving too. I hope you can get back into swimming if you want to.

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    1. Tegan Post author

      I used to love using exercise DVD’s too, but my loungeroom is so small and I would have to lock the child and the dog in a bedroom or I would end up going dick up over one of them!

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  7. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me

    Look since having kids I have no time to myself and I don’t want to spend it exercising but I feel that I need to get better and be a better role model for the kidlets! Swimming is a nice way to get active :)

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    1. Tegan Post author

      Yep! That was one of my motivations for signing up for a weightloss challenge. We are planning a holiday at the end of the year and I don’t want to spend it sitting on the sidelines because I’m overweight and unfit.

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  8. Mystery Case

    I’m like you I like to walk somewhere for a purpose. Shopping for instance. That’s exercise isn’t it?

    All jokes aside though, for my health to get back on track I really need to incorporate some easy exercise into my routine. Any ideas?

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  9. Janet @ Middle Aged Mama

    Yeah I”m with you, as the meme says, “exercise … ain’t nobody got time for that LOL”. UNTIL the hubster bought me at treadmill off Gumtree at Easter for 50 bucks. And now I walk/jog while watching telly – and to my surprise, actually liking it!

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  10. Zita

    I think you should definitely get back into that Tegan!!! I enjoy running but am not particularly fast, I like running by myself, probably for similar reasons you like swimming…it’s just me and the pavement and (when it decides to work) my ipod! Good luck Tegan!

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  11. Kirsty @ My Home Truths

    I personally don’t see the interest in swimming or running but I do enjoy walking for the sake of it. I agree that exercise with a purpose is best though! Hope you get back into swimming one day, sounds like you really enjoyed it x

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    1. Tegan Post author

      Exercise is definitely all about finding something that you enjoy or it just feels like a chore.

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