I hate exercising. I hate to sweat. Yet, I do it anyway. Several times a week.
If I work out so hard that I feel like dying, then I know I must be alive.
I know, it doesn’t make much sense. I’m hoping that if I say it often enough I’ll believe it.
But exercise is behavior. It’s something we do; at least, it’s something that many of us do. If you’re a die-hard writer, it’s hard to get up the gumption to sweat, especially since it might interfere with the creative juices. Then again, pushing that damn pen (or keyboard) can be hard enough.
What does exercise tell us about others? Or about our society?
We seem to like to exercise in groups, for one thing. We like to be led, and we like something that is new and somewhat flashy. Remember when fancy dancing was the rage, then lots of ab work on balls? Then there was slidy things, and now it seems to be hot yoga and lots of boot camps. It also seems that many people like to be seen when they work out, so it’s a form of parade where we show off our social status. We work out in only the ‘best’ places.
How many people exercise because they know it’s good for them? And indirectly good for their families because it means they’ll be around longer to help them and less of a burden on them in their old age? How many people think that it’ll be a good thing for society because their health-care bills will be lower?
Or do we do it because someone will take a long look at us when we’re in our skimpy bathing suit?
Because that’s how you know you’re alive.