Exercise for normal-folk.


Exercise, the dreaded “E” word. We all know we should be doing it, and a whole lot of us also know lots of great reasons for not doing it.

  • I’m a bit tired, sickly, poorly.
  • I am way too busy.
  • I forgot.
  • the dog ate it.
  • I don’t wanna.
  • my ankle/ toe/ knee/ arm/ elbow / best friend’s left pinkie is a bit “funny” today.

Actually we don’t all come up with reasons for not exercising because there are those of you who are “so awesome” at exercising because it makes you feel great. If that is you, you are not welcome here.

Hang on, hang on, I take that back. Please enthusiastically jog/ lunge back over in my direction. You are more than welcome here, just be quietly encouraging Oright? A little less logging your super-runs onto Facebook and a little more explaining how and why exercising works for you. We can learn from you, oh super fit ones. Just please, pretty please, don’t talk to us about your diet if you are on one.

To quote my one super-fit-but-still-inspiring-friend.

I exercise because I took at look at all the research and I am convinced it is the best thing we can do to protect our health.

Word, super-fit friend. Word.

For the rest of us I have this to say- come in a little closer so I can whisper. (We don’t want the fit-bo’s laughing at us do we. Those guys can run fast and their great circulation allows for optimum brain firing wittiness.)

Find something that works for you, anything, and just stick to it. 

Yep, this is my new strategy. It is very, superbly, unimpressive in its complexity. And I really do mean anything.

  • Maybe you like reliving those white-sneakered, sucking on oranges,  Netball days of your youth.
  • Maybe you enjoy going to the local gym because peace, quiet, no children!
  • Maybe you like swimming laps or water dancing or strutting in circles around the pool at your local gym.
  • Maybe you enjoy putting on your make-up and your Lorna Jane’s and taking the long walk to your favourite cafe with a friend.
  • Maybe you like running on the treadmill in front of Netflix and then teaching yourself to do 1 real push-up while your kids laugh at you. This example comes from “a friend” of mine.

Because the truth is, as long as you do something, anything, you are doing well. In fact you are a legend. I think that sometimes our anything is not quite impressive enough so we just stick with nothing.

But here is the really important bit, I know you are going to love it.

When you get really sick and tired and bored with doing your anything, come up with something new.


Genius right? But I know that it is easy to try one thing and then eventually stop doing it. That is when we tend to give up.

How do I know this? Because I have lived it people.

So, join in with me? Find your motivation or don’t find it. But let’s just start doing some kind of exercise jiggery, right here, right now, and then find another one when we get sick of it.


If you are going to join in with me, I’d love to hear what you are doing. Yes even those fitspo friends who are are up training for marathons while I am eating croissants and reading the paper in my PJ’s. Leave me a comment to let me know what you will be doing! Excellent.


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11 thoughts on “Exercise for normal-folk.

    1. I am so pleased I made you laugh! Excellent (works out the stomach muscles too). Yes I enjoy yoga too.

  1. Smiling and feeling slightly more motivated to get on the tready and listen to a podcast… this weekend sometime… 🙂 … that’s my super big effort, my mild effort but only really enjoyable in daylight and sunshine with no funny ankle/toe/elbow/pinkies etc, is a walk around our property to talk to the cows and sheep! x

    1. Now that sounds like a great walk. You even get to meet some interesting folk along the way! How wonderful. I go through phases with the treadmill, currently hating it. But luckily I am enjoying yoga. Thanks for visiting. Dani

    1. Really? Me too. I should probably print it out and stick in on my wall. Thanks and good luck!

  2. My exercise routine (or lack of one) has been on my mind a lot lately so this post came as a timely reminder to get my ass off the couch and do something … anything! I used to be a gym regular (could hardly call myself a “junkie”) but times have changed (i.e. not willing to fork out the $$ for membership). I now just want to put on my trainers and take long walks whilst listening to podcasts lol.

    Also, this post was a really entertaining read so thanks for that, too 🙂

    1. Thanks Erica! I have spent time at the gym in the past also. Maybe I will try it again sometime if I get sick of what I am currently doing. It is good to mix up the routine I think. Walking while listening to a podcast is such a great idea.

  3. I have finally learned not to think about how I feel, but to just pick a regular day for a long walk and DO IT, rain, rain or shine. (Hail would be a deal breaker.)
    Then I reap what I sow.
    Love Rinie G.

    1. Yes hail would be fairly off-putting. My main problem is children hanging off me or laughing at me. But yes, I just press on anyway. Or hide in my room when possible. ;0

  4. Haaaaaaaa!!! That post has made me LOL heartily. I started reading and thought yikes this girl is going to hate me!!! But I loved it and I think it’s true, keep going till you get sick of it then find something else because along the way you might find something you love and stick at it! Who knows.
    Smug exercisers can really shit me, even when I’m training for a half marathon, because I’m probably the one stuffing 2 croissants down my gob because I’ve just ran 14k and they are drinking green tea. I’m like gahhhhh I’m human, give me a break!
    But I guess some people are a bit Inspo… I try to think of that on the occasions I’m washing down my croissants with green tea! 😜
    I also like running! I know! Weirdo!

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