What other activity could be fun to keep in shape for anything besides health for its own sake?
November 2, 2012 8:36 AM Subscribe
What are some good low time-commitment exercises that are more interesting than simply running?
As people get older, do you think they pick up running as an exercise because of the relatively low time commitment?
I always played sports growing up. I was simultaneously on two different soccer teams for 3 years during high school. In college, I played casual sports, went to the gym and did skateboarding and snowboarding. Soon after college, I coached youth soccer where I had the opportunity to run around to assist with the drills. I also picked up flatland BMX as a hobby.
As I approach 30, my time has become more limited. I have personal projects I work on, I travel a bit more, and my job leaves me a bit more drained at the end of the day. Over time, I've dropped coaching soccer because I can't make it to the practices with my work schedule, I've dropped BMX because of recurring wrist pain, and snowboarding is infrequent due to its seasonality coupled with poor snow falls.
More and more of my friends have become more heavily involved in running. They seek out 5k's and half marathons. They always seem to be training for the next race and consistently invite me to enter as well. But I hate running. Well hate's a bit strong. But the idea of running for its own sake makes me kind of ill. Sure I've done track and cross country, but that was only ever for soccer training. Though I would be quite good, I find running monotonous.
But I can understand the appeal. With age, there seems to be less and less free time. I know part of this is simply a shift in priorities, but who has time for regular practices? Local casual sports teams that might just play on the weekends could be fun, but I think I'd be too competitive to do it casually, and too time constrained to take it as seriously as I'd like. Running is simply, it's quick, and can be done anywhere. But it's so boring!
So I ask, is running an inevitability (or worse yet, yoga)? Should I just suck it up and sign up for a half-marathon because that's what everyone else seems to be excited by? What else could motivate me to keep in shape for anything besides health for its own sake?
No offense to anyone who enjoys running or yoga. They're both great activities with numerous benefits. Just not of much interest to me.