I'm just going to come out and admit it. I dislike exercising. I love the way I feel AFTER a workout, but the getting there... ugh. I'd rather scrub bathroom tile with a toothbrush....OK, maybe not, but you get the picture. This realization baffles me, because 10 years ago, I felt almost exactly opposite. Sure, a lot has changed over the course of the past decade. I suppose one of those changes has been the exchange of exercise for slower, calmer, leisure activities, (i.e. knitting, sewing, etc...) in direct relation to the change in pace of my daily routine. But, that's probably a pretty unacceptable excuse for being so sedentary.
I mean, certainly, a person who finds time to knit in front of the television (almost) every night after work could squeeze a couple/few hours weekly to dedicate towards working on her fitness. Yet, despite having a 24hr gym across the street from my home (literally, you can see it out the windows), at which I am a member, it's never convenient to actually go there.
I've tried home workouts, but the familiarity of my surroundings are too great a temptation, and I am quickly coaxed into cuddles on the couch with my flavor(s) of the month knitting project. It (I) seemed hopeless.
Not to be defeated by laziness and self-sabotage, I dove deep into the depths of the internet in search of a solution. Behold.
Why, yes. I am knitting in front of the tv WHILE pedaling.
The novelty of this latest conquest hasn't worn off yet; not only am I willing, but I'm actually quite eager to knit for a spin (heading into week #2...let's talk again in a month). I figure I'm good, as long as I continue to feel like I'm somehow cheating the system and getting away with something. Of course, I won't be working on anything overly complicated while I'm trying to ride, so I've chosen a special cycling project. I'm thinking socks are going to be perfect riding material in the future. We'll see how it goes.
2/27/2012 02:41:46 pm
You.Are.BRILLIANT!!!! I've got to figure out if I can knit while on the treadmill although I am looking for a stationary bike... hmmm... I better get on that.
Impressive! I was thinking about similar types of multitasking, yesterday. I am reading the memoir of a man who grew up in the the late 1910s and in the 1920s, and he wrote of his mother who did her knitting and her crocheting <i>on the way to and from the field</i>, aside from the work she did after everyone had gone to bed, of course, to "relax" in the light of a single kerosene lamp.
2/27/2012 08:24:16 pm
That's a great idea. I have the same problem trying to fit in a workout and my hobbies after work.
2/29/2012 12:35:41 pm
Oh man. This makes me regret getting rid of my stationary bike. But i did try knitting on it. Couldn't do it. The seat was just too uncomfortable. Your little bike actually looks kind of comfy!
hi! i'm piping in to say i love this idea. i'm having the same issues as you. i have lots of workout equipment at home, a gym and park district a block away. however, after working a full day, i just want to sit and knit.
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