Working Out - The Best Form of Self Torture

Working out is just another way to say you are participating in self torture. After all, you choose to work out, and then after you are done, if you sit down for just 15 minutes, suddenly you feel as if you can’t move a single muscle. Odd considering you just moved the hell out of all of them.

My sister is getting married next February, and although I am usually pretty obsessed with working out (in a manner that comes and goes), I decided to get back on the band wagon and get myself into shape. I know it is the bride’s day, but I want to look good too. So, yesterday started my obsessive self torture routine. This morning - I could barely move.

My muscles were sore and my body complained with even the simplest and mundane of tasks, like using the bathroom. Who would have ever thought that sitting down on a toilet seat mimics squats! Yet, I decided to torture myself once again today… a little cardio, a killer upper body workout, and my favorite - hip adductors and abductors!

I finished up and I was feeling pretty good, even though my body, which was once supported by legs, was now being supported by jello. So, I sat down to eat my lunch and then proceeded to check my Facebook and Hubpages accounts. In that short time, it was enough for my muscles to say, “Ha! Ha! You will never move again!”

Okay, so that is not true. I still got up. It was painful. My body moaned and groaned and pleaded for me to stop, but it got me thinking. Why is it that so many people enjoy this form of self torture? And who decided this is what we should be doing to stay healthy?

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So easy even a caveman could do it!

Okay, so that isn’t entirely true. After all, if you look back into the caveman days, did they ever spend money to belong to a gym that would just result in torturous treatments to your body. NO - they did not have the facilities to do such things, nor did they have the need.

Cavemen were never fat, and they never thought anything about how big their biceps were or how much their butt cheeks popped! You would never catch them grabbing a stick and hoisting two rocks on the end to make a torture device to make their biceps buldge. You never caught them randomly squatting, just because they thought it was fun. Jumping Jacks - even though it requires no gym type equipment - I am pretty sure they didn’t randomly do those either.

Yet we do!

Obviously, we don’t live in the past. We don’t have to hunt for our food or work in the garden each day to survive. We dodn’t have to walk everywhere we go, nor did we go periods of time wondering if we would survive from day to day. They had a tough life. We do not. If we so choose, we can jump in our car, drive to the nearest fast food restaurant and order something off the dollar menu. In mere minutes, we have gotten food and have burned absolutely no calories to do it.

The lifestyle of a caveman made it necessary to stay fit and strong. The lifestyle we live today, means if we want to stay fit and strong, we must work at it! That is why we produced these torture device to strengthen our muscles!

To gym or not to gym

Since we are obviously not cavemen, and with technology these days that cause us to spend more time sitting on our butt then working our butt out, the question becomes what sort of torture device you should employ. The options really are limitless.

Several people opt for the gym. They might figure that paying for a membership will motivate them to go. It is also a form of social interaction, and if you are a parent with young kids, it might be away to get in an undisturbed workout. A gym also is beneficial for those who want to use weights and don’t have the space or money to create their very own home gym. Some even have pools, saunas and hot tubs. Now doesn’t a hot tub sound nice and relaxing after a torturous workout? Others even offer plenty of classes to participate in so you don’t get bored and quite long before getting back your six pack.

The other option is to workout at home. Obviously this is the cheaper option. You can create your own workout with squats, lunges, push ups, sit ups… the exercises are endless. The best part - no equipment is needed. The problem - you might lose motivation after awhile and your TV or computer might have a stronger calling then your yoga mat! Other great forms of home based exercises include numerous workout videos or just taking a walk around the block. If you want to make it more exciting, pull out the bike and ride like you did when you were a teenager!

When it comes to torturing yourself with a great workout plan, the options are endless. Whether it is a home-based gym or one you have to pay for, the idea comes back to the same thing. If we want to be healthier and have strong muscles, we will gladly do various forms of self torture to get there!

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BuildMuscleFast! 5 years ago

Great article, getting fit is guess is a form of self tourture, but so are day to day things like work.

Stay healthy and in shape!

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

The sad part is we enjoy that form of torture... I can't wait until tomorrow, although I am highly thinking I need to go again tonight :)


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Harvey Stelman 5 years ago from Illinois

barber, Where do I get your video? H


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Hmmmm... I will have to make one! I will think about it!


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T.Y._Hudson 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

It's too bad that the 400 pound blobs of humanity, who chug around the grocery stores, in electric shopping carts, because they are too lazy to walk... Won't take any of your advice. If they did, they might not feel so bad about themselves. Sad reality is, that they are probably too lazy to even read this article.

Hey, some people get into forms of sexual torture! In that sense, they would be enjoying torture. LOL Sex is supposed to be a great workout. That's an exercise that most people should enjoy. What are your thoughts on that?


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What Is Q 5 years ago from Tennessee

You've just reminded me that I forgot to work out today. Must do that before I run off to bed. Are you sure cavemen didn't work out? Maybe they had a primitive version of Booty Pop. I've actually got a bike, but I don't ride it, because if I'm going to be outside, my dog expects to go with me, and I don't have a basket on my bike to stick him in. I've also considered jogging with him, but he's too old for that and I couldn't run for more than a few feet before my lungs collapse. You know, cigarettes. :( But I think I'd better get off here and do some bench presses.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Yes this is exactly why I do not exercise;). The last time I did - there was an actual recuperation period! Exercise for 1 hour - suffer for 3 days!

Well I hope you feel better - just reading it is my exercise - my eyes and brain don't even hurt! Do know how many muscles it takes to smile?? I'm doing that too!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@T.Y. - I kind of wish that I could use those motorized carts... not because I am a 400 pound blob... but more or less because I want to race someone up and down the aisles with them. I think it would be fun, but my luck, I would be stuck with the slow cart that would only put put put around! As for sex... I don't really like the torture aspect. That is just a little scary. Although I have heard that it is good exercise! I believe that depends more on your age though and how long you are married. I guess it depends on the type of sex you have whether you can consider it a good form of exercise ;)

@WhatisQ - I am not positive if Cavemen worked out, however I am positive that they did not have a Booty Pop. After all, only in today's world would someone have created something that ridiculous. LOL I too have a bike. It spends more time collecting dust than it does being rode around. I like my bike but the last time I rode it, my butt hurt so bad that it took almost a week to get back to normal. Granted, I don't know too many people that haven't rode a bike in like a century that get on one and bike for 10 miles. That was stupidity on my part. I can't run either... more so because of hills than cigarettes, but after living where I am right now... I feel hills will cause more death than cigarettes ;)

@RealHousewife - I have been sore for 3 days already. I hope that means it is almost over. However, I am going back out for more torture today. Only this time I am going to go float in a poal and sit in the hot tub! Oh yeah, it takes 17 miles to smile. I wonder how many it takes to laugh. Cause I did a whole lot of that writing this hub! ha ha ha! :)


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Harvey Stelman 5 years ago from Illinois

barber, I'm in a chair, you never want to be there! H


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Harvey Stelman 5 years ago from Illinois

real, The future is coming! Bet you never heard that one. There is such a thing as sagging for women & men. You look like your doing fine,(pretty lady) but the day comes for all of us (except me). H


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Harvey Stelman 5 years ago from Illinois

real, I was notifield that you wrote about my comment on barber's hub, there is nothing on there. H


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Harvey - I'm kinda new at this - I'm not sure if you are responding to me? I don't remember commenting on anything you have said - ? Hope that helps!


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

The title immediately grabbed my attention.

It is the endorphin rush I look forward to as well as feeling so incredibly good for hours following workouts...even if it's just a 2 mile walk.

Good hub!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

I totally agree... working out feels awesome after you are done... even if you are sore for awhile... and it definately lasts a longer on the endorphin scale then the effects of a chocolate chip cookie! :)


Harvey Stelman 5 years ago

real, It was to you, or it would have been adressed to barber. No problem, you can jump in on anyones comment. You can even ask people if they enjoyed my new book. "EYES OF EMERALD" can be found on Amazon.

Here's a secret, I liked it! Who ever thought I would write a book with romance, adventure, action, ethnic traditions, a curse and more. Wow, was that an advertisement? H


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Oooh ok thanks! Yeah I'll look into that book! Sounds like a bit of all the good stuff:-)

BBG - hope your workout was great!


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Harvey Stelman 5 years ago from Illinois

real, You're a sweetheart! H


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Literary Geisha 5 years ago from Philippines

i guess pretty much everything is torture these days. you want a good body, get a torturous workout; you want to have a pretty face, get a torturous face peel (or something like that). i go to the gym and enjoy the torture there, but i don't think i will *ever* enjoy having a facial. :P


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

What a tortured life we definately do live... alhtough, I did go to cosmetology school and we did facials there. They weren't the face peels or anything but they were actually kind of relaxing! Ha ha - I could use a facial after my workout... lol ;)


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Larry Fields 5 years ago from Northern California

The problem with hubs that make effective use of humor is that more humor is the only reasonable response. :-)

I do have a sustainable albeit slowly-evolving self-torture routine. Because of that, my physical appearance is somewhere between James Bond and Homer Simpson. And that's not bad for my age.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

I have to agree - with humor comes more humor! But those are the best comments sometimes! I believe setting yourself up somewhere in between a physique of James Bond and Homer Simpson is a good goal... I think I am somewhere between Angelina Jolie and Roseanne Bar... lol


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

BBG - shut up! Omg! The only way you compare to Rosy B is humor:).

I would say I fall between Shrek's GF (Fiona) and a sleestack from Land of the Lost:)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Ha ha - I was trying to think of someone but I couldn't come up with anybody... it was the first name that popped into my head... lmao!


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Larry Fields 5 years ago from Northern California

Having demonstrated that I haven't had a humorectomy, is it OK to say something serious?

My approach to exercise is to be mindful of how each exercise affects my well-being. The psychological pay-offs for some exercises are negative. And I don't do those, even if I run the risk of being considered a 'girlie man' by our former Governator. I've even written a few hubs on the exercise-for-wimps theme.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

I feel about 50% of the population have never had a humorectomy... and therefore they are always allowed to speak seriously! :) I encourage comments of both kinds.

I think exercise can be looked at in several different ways. If a person takes it too seriously, it can have negative side effects. It is important to do what is right for the specific person. The harder I work, sometimes the less results I get. Maybe I need to check out the exercise for wimps themes!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I have figured out if I am angry I don't eat very much - so I think I'm just going to stay is an pissy mood all the time then I won't have to worry about that 10 pounds that comes and goes. I keep two sets of clothes - I swear! - because it fluctuates so much with just 10 pounds!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Ha ha - I keep all my clothes... fat clothes... skinny clothes.. in between clothes... what can I say - why waste the money... lol


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Fitness Fitness 5 years ago from Kolkata..India

We can look at things from many points of view. Yes in one sense gymming can be self torture at the beginning. Same is true for many other activities like trekking, skkiing, running, etc. But once you develope a passion for it and realise the the real necessity, it may not seem self -torture. Gymming and Fitness Routine can be a recreation and fun too, if anyone is guided by proper instructor.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Fitness Fitness - I agree 100%. I am a little addicted to working out, once I get into that state. I can easily spend hours in the gym and not even realize it. I have a collection of all these different work out videos, an array of equipment. I personally don't feel nearly as good if I don't work out on a regular basis.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Why can't I actually be addicted to something that's good for ya? .....sigh.......


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Ha ha - cause it isn't human nature! :)


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mythicalstorm273 4 years ago

lol... seeing this as a hub you wrote almost a year ago and knowing where you have gone since then I can not help but laugh at the irony. You really know how to bring on the self torture ;-)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - I certainly have come a long way. It is funny to think that when I was torturing myself last year... it didn't matter what I did, it really didn't work! It took a lot for me to get to that sweet spot (I think we are talking almost 6 months) But once I found it - I was on track to a strong and healthier me!

On my journey I can definately admit one thing - I will probably never own another gym membership again. Sure - the hot tubs and saunas would be nice - even the swimming pool - but I have found the tools I have at home are much more effective! After all - now it is too the point where I actually look forward to the torture! :)


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

You are so funny Stacy, but you got your point across. Yes...we do need to move a bit more...actually a LOT more than the people living in cavemen days. I guess given the alternatives, I would choose today over fighting to just stay alive, clothed, fed and sheltered. And those dinosaurs! Yikes! A little self inflicted torture such as my husband and I endured at the gym today with our Silver Sneakers workout is definitely preferable. :))


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vox vocis 4 years ago

I love the muscle pain after zumba, gymnastics and latin dance courses! This type of workout is fun and helpful. I learned how stiff I really was, but I was happy to see that I found a great solution to get rid of neck and back pain, especially after hours and hours spent in front of my computer. Definitely, to gym! It will make you feel alive!


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TycoonSam 4 years ago from Washington, MI

Funny Hub. I was exhausted reading about your workout. I've been on and off the work out wagon many times and I agree with you 100%. It is exhausting and where to find the time?

Voted up and funny


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Larry Fields 4 years ago from Northern California

I have one more 'helpful' suggestion to those who do formal exercise as a form of self-torture. If you feel the need for additional motivation, start your workout with this Ahnold impression, in the deepest voice you can muster:

I like to pahmp eye-on!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Peggy W - I have always learned the best lessons when a little bit of humor is combined. Glad you enjoyed it. I have been working hard on writing my book, but I still get out and do my torture regiment. In fact, my abs are feeling it today. :)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@vox vocis - I love zumba. I used to take a class all the time when I had a gym membership. It is probably one of the best classes because you have so much fun you forget you are even working out. And I agree - I need to work out because I spend so much time in front of the computer. I need it just to get my body moving and not getting sore from sitting there all day! :)


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vox vocis 4 years ago

The 21st century is absolutely the period of zumba craze. Every woman (and man) should do it!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@TycoonSam - I guess for me, it is about priorities. I always make sure I do my workout first and right away. That way later on, I have no excuses. I will admit though, there have been times when I have fallen off the workout regiment as well. And when that happens it is hard to get back into it. Sometimes it is just better to stick with the habit! :)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Larry Fields - I so did it too! Love the suggestion... I am going to start incorporating that daily! :)


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Larry Fields 4 years ago from Northern California

Hi barbergirl. In a comment one of my hubs, you'd asked for a hub about alternatives to the overused word, "said." Well, here it is.

http://hubpages.com/literature/For-Writers-Two-Alt...

However it's not encyclopedic; I was mostly having some fun with language.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@vox vocis - I couldn't agree more... what a fun class!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Larry Fields - Oh awesome... did you make that just for me or did you have it hiding in the depths of your hubs and I didn't see it! :)


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Larry Fields 4 years ago from Northern California

Hi barbergirl. I recognize a good idea when I hear it. :)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Larry Fields - Glad to see that! :)

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