By The Wiz
I recently went to the doctor. Not a big deal, but I just hate the forms you have to fill out, and how they always weigh you, even if you’re there for a throat issue (which I was). And then they ask you questions like, “Do you drink alcohol, smoke, are you pregnant, etc. etc. etc.” I know these are all valid questions, designed to help the doctor get an overall picture of your health. (I actually love filling out the history part, where I get to check “no” on all these diseases I’ve never heard of. It makes me feel so healthy. Weird, I know.)
But the question I always hate is: How much do you exercise? Are you doing 30 minutes of aerobics daily? Weekly? Monthly? Basically, have you ever seen a treadmill in your life? The reason I hate this question is fairly obvious. I have to give the wrong answer: I don’t exercise. I’m extremely sedentary, and have entertained the idea that I’m possibly allergic to physical activity. I walk away from doctor’s visits either feeling really guilty, or trying to convince myself that they are all liars.
Why don’t I exercise? I’ve examined this, and the main reason I’ve come up is not a very good one, and is actually quite shameful, so I probably shouldn’t share it, but here goes. (Deep breath): I’m already skinny. It’s all completely genetic, I did absolutely nothing to deserve it, and I understand that most people can’t eat Almond Roca and whole milk for breakfast and get away with it. BUT since everyone else can’t tell that I don’t exercise, I don’t feel the need to do so. By society’s views, I take care of myself, because I am thin, even though if all things were equal, I would certainly not be on the skinny side of things. Oh, the shame! I live in fear that someday my metabolism will shift, and I’ll have no idea how to handle it.
How awful is that? I would only exercise if it would change my body enough for other people to think that I look good? The health risks aren’t a big enough motivator? I don’t want my heart and bones to be strong? I don’t want to avoid complications down the road? I don’t want my immune system strengthened, and my cancer risk lowered, and blah blah blah blah blah? Of course I do, I just don’t want to put any effort into it. Exercise hurts. It takes time. It makes me smell bad. Pass the candy.
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