Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Exercise!

I really should get around to exercising more. I've gone to work out only slightly more times than I've ridden circus elephants since coming here. Back during my senior year I was consistently going three times a week. I could leg press the entire 495 pounds that the machine allowed. At least I haven't put on any weight since coming out here.

The problem is the perception that it's wasted time. My spare time is very valuable to me, and the perceived benefit of working out is extremely low. And, you know, maybe going more than once a week or so would be wasted time. I mean, depending on who you listen to, you're supposed to do moderate exercise something like three times a week, and light exercise the other four days. That's to be healthy. But, maybe it's not worth it being maximally healthy. That obviously sounds shortsighted, and it almost certainly is, but I've noticed that sometimes I put too much effort into a goal that isn't worth that effort, just because it's a goal, and you're supposed to work toward goals, right? This occurs in real life and in games. Effort includes time, and I've only got so much of that.

But, I think that getting in a few hours of hideous pain a week is worth it. If I can make some of that time serve dual purposes then it won't seem as bad. I can listen to some of my massive queue of unlistened new music while I'm lifting, and when I switch to aerobic I can watch some of my recorded TV and make that Portable Media Center a useful purchase. Scrubs and maybe even Malcolm in the Middle and Arrested Development could become my workout entertainment. I guess I might as well do something instead of just sitting on my ass. At the very least I could cross the road to use the apartment complex' equipment (which probably sucks). I've dreaded the walk to the health club just because that's another half hour (round trip) out of my day, or fifteen minutes on the Segway, and it just seems... unacceptable... to Segway to a health club, depite the fact that everyone else there drove.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

"I could leg press the entire 495 pounds that the machine allowed"

Max press or 3 sets of 10 reps? Cause if it's max press, then you can't claim to be able to lift that weight. If not, then that is impressive!

Travis said...

I always did three sets of eight, not ten, but yeah. (I didn't realize there were official guidelines. I just liked the number eight.) It was damned hard. Sometimes I would have to fall back to something like 470 after doing a few reps at 495, and I only got to 495 toward the end of the school year anyway. BUT, I could consistently do a full round of at least ~470 by the end, often the full 495.

My arms were not so accomplished.

stolee said...

you should probably trade the segway with a really nice bike. that way you get a decent workout twice a day. you don't even have to sweat to get something out of that.

stolee said...

also... did you know you could collapse comments in this "leave your comment" page? i must now try to see if it works on the normal page...

Travis said...

One of the things I liked about the Segway is that I could ride it. I tried for years without ever successfully being able to ride a bike. (Of course, I haven't tried in a very long time.) I've always had some pretty severe balance problems. It seems that the Segway has actually improved my balance quite a bit; I'm no longer falling down randomly as I walk, which you may recognize as quite the improvement from a year ago. Also, a bike wouldn't have been practical; there are no bike racks at my building, and I don't have my own office, so I wouldn't really have anywhere to put it. I could just walk, but that would take another 20 minutes out of my day. At least it doesn't really get cold here.

Anonymous said...

Hasn't our consumer-centric society yet caused you to consider burning tons of fossil fuels each year to travel in a shiny metal box at death-defying speeds?

If not, then you clearly need to watch more TV and read more vapid trash at the news stand.

Travis said...

Not quite.