Muscles without reinventing myself
December 2, 2009 9:50 AM Subscribe
What's the simplest way to build muscle without becoming an exercise person
? Please read my whiny, pigheaded conditions inside.
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis to Health & Fitness (65 answers total) 30 users marked this as a favorite
I've known plenty of exercise people. They spend as much time at the gym as at home (or they have a home gym). They're always counting calories and talking about protein shakes and supplements. When they "hang out" with people it invariably involves running, biking, working out, or playing sports. I'm sure these folks have very fulfilling lives and get a lot out of that sort of lifestyle/mindset. I, however, have no desire to be like them. I have other interests that I don't want to replace with always thinking about fitness and doing fitness-y things.
I also have no extra money that I'm willing to spend on fitness-y things like equipment or health food or gym memberships. I hate structured workout routines that involve counting and repeating sets of motions (i.e., "do 10 sets of 10 reps"). I can do something for a certain amount of time but I'd rather not have to keep track of how many X's are left to do before I stop.
How can a stubborn guy like me build some muscle mass? Not looking to bulk up here, just get some definition and maybe strengthen my immune system a bit. Primarily focusing on my arms and abs. I'm a skinny ectomorph who eats whatever he wants and never gains weight. I can do about 10 pushups. I can run full speed for maybe a minute before I'm completely out of breath and sick to my stomach. I don't smoke and rarely drink. Out of shape but mostly healthy. I used to take Aikido lessons and loved them to death but I can't afford to resume that now.
I suppose this sounds like I'm looking for an effective, effortless miracle workout. I realize that, like weight-loss milkshakes, there's no such thing, and I'm willing to work to see some improvement. What I'm really asking for is something I can do that doesn't feel like a workout or require thinking like an exercise person, or acting like one, or restructuring my whole life like one. Is this a pie-in-the-sky request?