That watching other people exercise and wishing the benefits could magically transfer to you? It’s a real thing! Who knew?
Sweetman knew – that’s who.
Last week, I shared a funny e-card image on The Facebook. Sweetman, who detests The Facebook, but seems to love looking over my shoulder to see what’s going on, took particular interest in this one.
“Did you know there is truth to that?”, he asked.
“To what? The fact that “ok is not an acceptable scrabble word?”, I replied (referring to the one I was thinking way too hard about.)
“No. I knew that. (But, of course he did. He’s wicked smaht.) There are studies that have been released that show that people who watch others exercise gain the benefits in the form of…”. He launched into the findings of these studies.
I, however, shut my brain off after those who watch…gain the benefits…, because AMEN! And, also, I didn’t want whatever came after “gain the benefits” to dull the euphoria that this new information was providing me.
But, in true Sweetman fashion, he wouldn’t let me tune out.
“Isn’t that great? Makes you want to exercise, doesn’t it?”, he concluded.
“Oh YES it does!”, I absent-mindedly replied.
“Good. Then that study was worth sharing.”, he said (a little too enthusiastically, if you ask me.).
Wait. WHAT?!? What just happened?
As usual, when I put my brain in park while it’s still on its way to a destination, all kinds of trouble ensues.
The last time I flippantly said “YES!” to something he was proposing, I found myself strapped to a pedometer, walking “at least” 7,000 steps a day with promises of an extra couple of hundred dollars in my anemic wallet if I saw it through for a month. Only to find out, a few days in, that those 7,000 steps would really need to be more like ten to twelve thousand, and for 6 months, in addition to a full health check (which included a BLOOD DRAW and a weigh-in). When I became wise to the extent of this scheme, I informed Sweetman that he could take that pedometer and kindly dispose of it in the nearest trash can. Please and thank you.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I was still trying to process all of this wonderful news and
manipulate sort it to my advantage.
And, in addition, now, try to figure out what I had just agreed to.
“Could you remind me what I just agreed to?” (Sometimes it’s just best to ask point-blank.)
“Regular weekly exercise.”, he said.
“That’s exactly what I was afraid of.”
Lesson learned? Pay attention during conversations that you have with Sweetman. He is wicked smaht!