Son of Grok

“I Hate Working Out”

August 20th, 2009
This is my idea of a "fun" workout

This is my idea of a "fun" workout

“I Hate Working Out”

I hear this a lot (mostly from Roger De Rok).

If this is you or how you feel as well then I have some good news for you.

If you think that what I just said is unprimal… think again.

How often do you think Grok thought “Man… I need to work out more”?
He didn’t.
Instead he thought “Man… I need to get some food” or “Man… I need to build some shelter” or “OH CRAP THAT THING HAS BIG TEETH… I NEED TO RUN AWAY”.

All these things translated into exercise which we do need to be healthy and in shape. “Working out” is not the only way to get exercise though. Planned and scheduled “workouts” do not have to be part of the equation.

Working out is indeed a good way for us to get exercise and for us to make up for all the things that Grok did standard that we no longer do. Working out is also quite convenient when you don’t have the time, weather, or opportunity to get exercise in other ways. Some people even enjoy working out itself and more power to them. I myself have been working out 1-3 times a week depending on how active I am outside of working out. I have been doing a fair amount of outdoors activity lately and so have not felt a need to work out too much. I have been going to the lake the last couple weekends which involves a lot of swimming, jumping, climbing etc.

If you hate working out though, don’t stress! Just make sure that you are getting your exercise through other means. This can be done any number of ways including playing a sport, taking a hike, exploring, yard work, home improvement projects. Just be active!

If you can find a manner of exercise that you enjoy, then getting exercise will never seem like a chore. Also, if you get bored of getting exercise one way, switch it up and find another. It is why the workout crew likes to switch up their workouts so they don’t get monotonous.

Don’t let your lack of motivation or your distaste for working out keep you from a healthy happy you!

Ready to jump back down!

Ready to jump back down!

20 Responses to ““I Hate Working Out””

  1. Roger De Rok

    Aren’t you glad I give you so much material to post about? Hahaha

    Main reason I always say I hate working out is that I just don’t like that tired, out of breath feeling at all. I know I don’t have to do a ton or do it every day, but at least I get a lot of walking done, which is better than nothing.

    I actually really like walking a lot, in fact today’s plans have me going on a super long walk since I have most of the day off until I pick up the weasel from preschool. I want to go on at least one camping/long hiking journey before end of summer.

    My other problem is that I have no interest in sports, so it’s hard for me to think of “play” activities that are physical. Anyone have any suggestions? Mostly stuff I can do on my own. Most of my friends are not into physical activities or sports, except SoG but our schedules do not always work out.

  2. Yummy

    That place looks freaking awesome!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Son Of Grok

    The only way to get there is by a steep hike or by boat which keeps the typical lazies away for the most part.

    Too bad we don’t have any trees around to climb huh?

  4. Amber

    I think I’d clamber up that and jump down till I couldn’t move anymore. Then I’d snack and nap in the sun like a big cat, and either go at it again, or go home counting on time limits. I love climbing :)

  5. hq

    Play chase or Frisbee with a dog, it’ll wear you out and it’s fun. I’ve got a friend that doesn’t have a dog but the neighbors are more than happy to let him “borrow” theirs for a trip to the dog park

  6. John Sifferman

    If you make something fun, it will never feel like work.

  7. Roger De Rok

    hq, I have 2 dogs, I doubt they’d catch a frisbee. I have a decent sized yard but can’t really take ‘em to a dog park since one is a pit mix he tends to make people feel uncomfortable. He’s also 90 pounds and very excitable, if he pounces a kid he could hurt them.

    SoG, after I got divorced I lived up at Tramway/Copper and just remembered that at the end of all the streets up there just east of Tramway are a lot of hiking trails into the foothills and parking spaces just at the bottom. I think next Thursday after dropping the kiddo off at school I will spend the day up there.

  8. Yummy

    RDR – weird exercise suggestion for you….do you like music? Just put on some music and dance like crazy at home, or even go out and dance somewhere – a club or concert or whatever. It can get your heart pounding and it is super fun! Kids love a dance party too!

  9. Son Of Grok

    Don’t steal my thunder… I have a future post planned about dancing as part of a workout ;-)

    Roger.. I can just picture you dancing now! lol

  10. Arlo

    As a beginner who has fat to lose and lots of muscle to build, I like to mix up fun stuff and dedicated stuff to try to keep it interesting.

    Rock climbing is something I really want to get into, because it can really work you, and it seems to be pretty fun. Rock climbing over water looks even more fun…

  11. Roger De Rok

    Oh man, I totally would not dance. Only silly dancing with my daughter when we put the Ramones on.

  12. Yummy

    SOG I love it! Can’t wait for the post on dancing! Woo hoo! DANCE PARTY!!!! :) The sillier the better. Laughing works your abs!

  13. Angel

    I did some primal sprinting just a few days ago. Our rooster decided that morning that he was going to show me that he was boss. I chased him around the yard for about a minute to show him otherwise. I hadn’t even had breakfast yet, but his attack on my leg got my adrenaline up, and I didn’t feel winded or tired after chasing him around, even though I never run.

    I have since made a point of harassing him when I am in the chicken pen, or just glaring at him at other times. He fears me. :D

  14. lm

    Angel – this is for u:

    A farmer went out one day and bought a brand new stud rooster for his chicken coop. The new rooster struts over to the old rooster and says, ‘OK old fart, time for you to retire.’ The old rooster replies, ‘Come on, surely you cannot handle ALL of these chickens. Look what it has done to me. Can’t you just let me have the two old hens over in the corner?’

    The young rooster says, ‘Beat it: You are washed up and I am taking over.’
    The old rooster says, ‘I tell you what, young stud. I will race you around the farmhouse. Whoever wins gets the exclusive domain over the entire chicken coop.’

    The young rooster laughs. ‘You know you don’t stand a chance, old man. So, just to be fair, I will give you a head start.’

    The old rooster takes off running. About 15 seconds later the young rooster takes off running after him. They round the front porch of the farmhouse and the young rooster has closed the gap.

    He is only about 5 feet behind the old rooster and gaining fast. The farmer, meanwhile, is sitting in his usual spot on the front porch when he sees the roosters running by. The Old Rooster is squawking and running as hard as he can. The Farmer grabs his shotgun and- BOOM – he blows the young rooster to bits. The farmer sadly shakes his head and says,
    ‘Dammit….. third gay rooster I bought this month.’

    Moral of this story? ………..

    Don’t mess with OLD FARTS – age, wisdom, and a little treachery always overcome youth and arrogance!

  15. Panda

    where are these pics from? i want to take a jump!

  16. Angel

    My earlier post about chasing the rooster reminded me that I wanted to blog about the incident … so here’s the blog entry, if’n you’re interested.

    Thanks for the joke, lm, that was really good! :)

  17. Roger De Rok

    Thanks for inviting me to the lake to do this with you guys last weekend! Was so much fun!

    I’ve been making myself work out more the last 2 weeks and surprisingly I’m getting to a point where I don’t hate it as much. Maybe because it’s gotten a lot easier for me, as I’m approaching a 95 pound weight loss mark.

  18. Katie

    I go to Lake Powell a lot… in the summers. LOVE it. All the pictures I have on my facebook are of my brother and I climbing up rocks to jump off.
    Do you ever go powell?
    Where is the lake you got to?? It looks GREAT for climbing.

  19. Son of Grok

    Compared to lake powell, Abiqui is a pond. We don’t have any of what you would consider a real “lake” around here. New Mexico calls a creek a river and a pond a lake! :-)

  20. BigMancini

    Hey SoG!

    Loved this post! It reminded me of the time a wee 10 years back when I ‘had the time’ to go climbing every day for hours at this indoor sports venue (living in Scandinavia kinda restricts outdoor activities unless you enjoy cold).

    The thing is, it didn’t feel like working out even if after it I had a feeling of having had a good workout.

    The thing is I love working out but I like having fun even more! :)

    Nowadays it’s more like I’ve been working out trying to catch that feelingfrom 10 years back when I had the time and did just what felt good.

    Oh yeah, and I noticed that when I used to go climbing I didn’t eat that much carbs, it wasn’t needed because the pace was slower than what I have at gym.

    Epiphanies…. got to love them.

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