Sport is great. We don’t need to discuss it.
I love exercise, love the positive effects that regular exercise brings. I like my stable health, the mental well-being, the almost irrepressible energy that sport brings me and I like the fact that I can allow myself to sin more often without the scales exploding below me.
But let’s not kid ourselves, even where there is a lot of sun there is also shade. And so today I would like to tell you five things that I personally don’t like about sport …
1 I sweat way too quickly
Fat, unsportsmanlike people sweat more, they say. Hmmmmm….
Okay, I’m not the slimmest, but far from fat. And nobody would actually say that I am unfit. Still, I run out of soup as soon as I walk even a few meters.
When I think of what it was like as a couch potato , it was definitely not that extreme. I don’t care at all in sport, but in everyday life it’s often uncomfortable and, above all, annoying. If I’m late, I like to take the stairs a little faster. Or sometimes it is the train that I just want to reach at a fast pace.
Well, and then it happens – a few moments after I was happy to have made the train, I notice it: The T-shirt sticks to the body and ugly sweat stains form , which cannot be stopped too quickly. I didn’t even get out of breath and my pulse calmed down to normal after a few seconds.
In fact, there are studies that well-trained people sweat faster than their unsportsmanlike people. It was found that the faster the sweat production, the more trained you are. The body simply reacts faster to a slightly increased heart rate and body temperature and turns on the body’s own air conditioning system.
After all, that means you sweat faster. How should your body know that you are not about to leave for a training run, but just want to take quick steps to reach your appointment. So it’s a sign of good fitness – it’s still annoying …
2 I don’t like tormenting myself
I love sports, but I don’t like to try too hard .
A contradiction? Only to a limited extent, because I can actually cycle or run for hours without it feeling too strenuous. My pulse is then in a comfortable range and I am completely absorbed in the movement. Endurance sports the way I love it.
I perceive nature, can have a wonderful time when I’m not alone or listen carefully to the podcast or audio book in my ear while my brain spins great ideas from what I hear. So many that I sometimes stop and take quick notes on my smartphone.
It is different when it gets really exhausting. When the adrenaline comes out of your ears, your brain is just slush and you have the feeling that you are about to throw up your lungs from the loaf. I don’t like these moments and it feels like it gets worse every year.
Of course, I know that you need these moments to get faster or stronger. And of course I also leave my comfort zone when I have a specific goal. But when I do sports just for myself and my well-being, such moments of significant exertion are very, very rare.
3 I can’t do anything much longer
Everyone sits for hours on their four letters, discussing or talking quietly – regardless of whether it is a meeting in the professional environment or a private party. Everyone but me – I rarely last longer than an hour at a time.
I just feel uncomfortable when I can’t move. Sure, I can also lie around for hours. And when I sleep with it, to be honest …
When I move, my brain moves. I’m more creative, more sociable and just feel better overall. Sometimes to the chagrin of my fellow human beings, who like to roll their eyes when I jump up again, even if it’s just to sit down after a few steps.
Well, and I admit that I rarely want to do anything for a day. So to spend the whole day with ‘light loungers in loose terrain’, as a spa doctor once so aptly put it. But I can’t do it anymore …
4 I own mountains of sportswear
When I open my closet, I sometimes feel like I’m walking into a sports shop. Several drawers with running clothes for every season, every weather pile up on the left. In the middle there is a huge drawer with clothes for cycling. Of course, for almost any conceivable condition. After all, you have to be prepared …
Perhaps I should mention the outdoor clothing that fills an entire side of the closet on the far right. Especially since there is not only hiking and skiing clothes (of course for alpine, touring, cross-country skiing …) but also my wetsuit, which I as a (former?) Triathlete absolutely need.
If you now think, it is your own fault if you are constantly falling into the shopping frenzy, I have to say “stop”. It’s not like that at all, I rarely buy sportswear and even more rarely do I order a finisher shirt for my competitions, which then just gather dust in the closet.
But I hardly dispose of any sportswear either. Somehow I have the feeling that the quality of most functional clothing has increased significantly over the past 10 years. On the one hand, this is due to the fact that I now mostly own expensive branded clothes and, on the other hand, to the fact that cheap brands such as Decathlon have caught up in terms of quality.
And let’s be honest – functional clothes don’t shrink, don’t wear out like cotton, for example, even the colors usually stay fresh and so the only reason to sort them out is if the sweat odor doesn’t come out properly even when washing.
Which brings me to one more thing. Laundry – more than every second washing machine I have is filled with sportswear. It doesn’t help if my whole wardrobe is full of it, and theoretically I would get by for many weeks, at some point the laundry basket smells and that’s why the washing machine runs a little too often …
5 I don’t like dogs running free while jogging
It just happened again a few days ago. I jog along the Isar, completely relaxed, when a four-legged friend runs wildly yapping out of the forest between my legs. I have no idea what I did to that, I was neither fast nor suddenly there.
My master walked along the path with headphones and dreaming and only noticed that after the dog had circled around me a few times. It’s clear that the dog did not return to the owner after a call, but needed a few more calls.
A few years ago I would have developed a certain panic, but luckily I can now assess such harmless situations well. Nevertheless, they remain uncomfortable and if you want to read more about “dogs and jogging”, have a look here …
Jogger meets dog – this is how you behave properly
Sport is great. We don’t need to discuss it. Still, there are a few things that I don’t really like about it. These for example …
More things? Not today…
Maybe you noticed my wink at one thing or another. Because if there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s doggedness. But I wanted to leave it at 5 things and will not open this Pandora’s box today – especially since the doggedness does not only apply to sport …
I’d rather lace up my running shoes now and go out for a sweat. In the hope that no dog will cross my path, that I have the right clothes and who knows, maybe I’ll even do a little speed training. Somehow it’s about time again, even if it’s just for the good feeling afterwards …