Exercise can be ugly

There are lots of benefits to exercise. Scientifically, it’s good for your heart and brings you longevity over non-exercisers.  Realistically, exercise helps me kick ass, stay sane, and makes me happy.  But there are some down sides to exercise. It’s not always fun and it doesn’t always feel good while you are doing the workout.

For instance if you’re a runner and shoes don’t fit, or your socks don’t have enough cushion, or if you play soccer and someone steps on your toes, then your toenails could bruise and eventually fall off.  You will live.  It’s happened to me a number of times.  Nail polish was invented for this reason. I’m quite sure of it.

Chafing.  It happens.  Those new shorts that you were excited to wear on a long run might actually be sewn together with fishing line or so it seems after mile 5.  And those squats that give you crazy power may also make you legs rub in way they didn’t last year.  The worst part about chafing is the silent scream you will do in the shower when you’re done with the workout.

It’s possible that at some point you will lift so heavy or run so long or bike so far that it may hurt to walk down stairs or to walk period. While this isn’t a normal thing for me it does happen after my first long run of the season.  Ow, ow, ow, ow.

There is a point in every workout where that smell just follows you and you realize that the smell is actually you!  You will stink if you’re working hard.  Twenty four hour deodorant is a lie (I wrote about this last week https://distractosquirrel.wordpress.com/2015/05/05/lies-we-are-told-part-1/).x354-q80

While bruises, scratches, cuts, scrapes and turf burn are all part of the game, there will be games (of any sort) that may include the following: catty shirt pulling, swearing (infinitely louder in adult sports), and pushing.  Then you’ve got to go tell your stupid stupid opponent what a great job they did in the name of sport when you really wish you had this shirt. —>

So that’s what no one tells you about exercise.  One last thing is that it is all worth it.  The broken nose, the sweat dripping in your eyes (BTW never put sunscreen on your forehead if you are planning to sweat — I learned that the hard way), finishing a half hour behind your friends.  It’s all worth it and I wouldn’t change a thing.


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