Okay maybe it’s not the question I hate the very most in the whole world, but it’s up there. And here it is: “Are you still working out?”
Sometimes when I haven’t seen people in a while they ask if I am still working out and I find it so aggravating.
Of course I am still working out! That’s like asking me if I’m still eating food or breathing air or sleeping at night.
Working out is not a fad. It’s a permanent part of my life.
Whenever someone asks me this question, I pay attention to who is asking, and so far I’ve noticed that the people who ask me this tend to not do any exercise themselves.
Sometimes I wonder if they are looking for validation of that choice. Like if I were to say, “Oh, I’ve given up on all that nonsense, now I just sit on the couch with a bag of potato chips and a pint of ice cream,” would they feel secretly relieved?
I know that oftentimes people just make chit-chat and might not mean anything negative by it, but I feel like they don’t understand that once we get older, exercise is a very important part of life.
After the age of 40 and definitely after the age of 50, if you’re not regularly taking good care of your body, you will instead spend your time dealing with unwanted health symptoms and issues.
It’s like if you never bothered to brush your teeth. You could get away with it for a while but eventually it catches up to you.
You don’t have to exercise like a demon, but if you refuse to move your body much at all, eventually your mobility, flexibility and strength are going to become impaired.
That’s just the way it is.
Sure exercise is hard but dealing with unnecessary body breakdown is hard too. You get to pick which hard you prefer.
As for me, I accept and embrace that investing in my fitness and health is the best investment I could ever make.
So yes, I am still working out.
You can stop asking now.
Barbara Wayman, APR