Saturday, August 6, 2016

Run like Something is Chasing You!

I refuse to do exercise graphics unless there are monsters involved. 
Or you're paying me well. 

One of the goals I set for myself after graduating was to take care of...myself. Which, I barely brushed my hair more than twice a week during the worst parts of trying to take care of my family and keep up with assignments. Self-care had to go out the window.

I paid for it, through. My blood pressure is rising along with my inability to de-stress, and my range of motion and strength is way down. I went looking around for exercise I could fit into my day that didn't make me anxious. 

The current world of exercise sucks if you're an introvert. I don't want to go to a gym filled with people and mirrors and waste time and money, and the high-energy on most work-out dvds along with the fact I still feel like an idiot dancing around my living room (assuming I managed not to bump into one of the kids) is grating. Not all work-out dvds are that bad, there is a nice family one on Amazon Prime, but that's been my take-away from most. 

I needed something that suited me. 

I needed something that came with the universal sign for "don't talk at me"-headphones, and it needed to be cheap, and it needed to be fast enough I could fit it in before my husband had to be at work so as not to require a sitter. 

I'd always thought the idea of combining horror and work-outs was great, so I FINALLY let myself try the Zombies Run app.

It's not like playing a zombie game exactly, but it's fun. You can walk or run, which is good because the heat in Texas right now makes running for too long almost impossible if you're forced to negotiate the late daylight hours. It kept me entertained, and moving. I didn't have to worry about the next move on a dvd or trying a new machine, I just had to listen to prompts and the story-line, which was like a break from real-life. 

I was exercising. And having fun. I'm normally, along with being introverted, self-conscious. The headphones and being absorbed into what I was doing laid a barrier against that- and I didn't give it a second though. 

Nothing else I have tried has done that for me. I'm a little sore, having been off from intentional bouts of physical activity for so long, but I think eventually it will get better. 

So for introverted, horror-loving people, all I can say is that you really should grab Zombies Run. 

As much as pop-culture wants to swear there is one best sport or exercise for you, it's probably not what they are selling. Your ability to socialize, what makes your anxious or fearful, and your strengths will determine the best sets of activities. Obviously, you don't have to let that hold you back, but if you haven't found something you love doing, make a list of what you do like and find something that includes those: you might get lead to an activity you can't imagine not fitting into your lifestyle. 

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