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It’s Friday afternoon, — time for Amelia Hamilton to answer readers’ vexing questions and curious queries!
I hate exercising with a passion, but I live in Real Housewives of Orange County territory, and I’m the fat, plain housewife next door. I’d love to be the slightly less fat, plain housewife next door. Any tips for finding a workout routine that doesn’t make me wish I lived in Samoa?
— The Realistic Housewife of Orange County
Oh, how I hear you. Exercise really isn’t fun, and I don’t know why so many people don’t understand that simple fact. Still it must be done, for your weight loss goals as well as for overall health. Keep trying until you find what you hate the least.
For me, that’s heading to the local civic center for a few laps around the track. I bring my dog and my favorite podcasts along to make it go faster, which sort of works on most days. Keep your eye on the prize: once you start seeing those results it will be a lot easier to keep the momentum going.
In the meantime, take what you’ve got and work it. There’s nothing sexier than that.
Why is there so much talking on conference calls?
I checked to see when this e-mail was sent and was not surprised to see it was around 5:00 p.m. At least it wasn’t on a Friday, but it’s never pleasant to have a call at the end of the day in which people just Won’t. Stop. Talking. This is because people are very impressed with themselves and want everyone else on the call to be impressed, too. Aren’t you? Aren’t you so impressed with their words? Didn’t think so.
Just hit mute and play on social media. It will help pass the time.
I am a victim of elder abuse — abused by a piece of exercise equipment. I am thinking about retirement. What kind of exercise regimen can you recommend that won’t injure me further?
I don’t think you know what “elder abuse” means, but let’s skip that for the moment. When you’re retired, you will have more time for working out in age-appropriate ways. Maybe try “Sit and Be Fit” or aqua aerobics. Prancercise if you’re feeling up to it. Just make sure your doctor approves of the regimen. Hope you have decent insurance!
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