I have now attended two classes on overcoming barriers to exercise. Duke Diet and Fitness center has identified a list of frequently used excuses, and of course I am guilty of using them all:
- Too tired
- Too busy
- Not athletic
- Scared I’ll hurt myself
- Scared I’ll make a fool of myself
- It’s too far/too late/ too expensive
To these I add “it smells bad” which seems to be a sensitivity all my own. It started at elementary school where I hated the smell of the gym floor and rubber mats almost as much as I disliked the feel of a pimpled basketball thwacking my hand or face, or the suggestion that I should attempt to mount the wall bars or the knackered horse. The floor smelt of gutties and cheese and warm dust and made my hands and nose itch and prickle. ” Get a mat and lie on the floor” said the instructor in this morning’s core strength training session. I just couldn’t make myself do it.
At high school it only got worse.The gym didn’t smell so bad, but there was a suggestion we should take showers after exercise (not an option at Newtonbreda Primary) and I will never forget the heady mix of bleach on tile, Charlie perfume, shower curtain mold and teen BO.
I have checked out the fitness facilities at my new place of employment and am resolved to sign up for aqua aerobics, yoga and personal training in the fall. The website doesn’t offer a scratch and sniff service but, with luck, the aroma will be more boudoir than boot camp so even the super-fastidious can become super-fit.