Working Out Is Overrated

Mark - Illinois, Illinois
Entered on November 11, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: question, sports

Long gone are the days of living off the land. And along with them went hunting for survival purposes, building objects by hand (i.e. your home), and defending yourself against errant wild bears and other beasts of the wilderness. In today’s day and age, all of these previous aspects of life have been replaced by robotic machines, sustainable agriculture, and large gates around homes to keep out intruders. I mean with modern weapons, even the most decrepit money skeleton of a man can fire a gun to ward off or kill a lion 4 times his superior in weight.

Suffice to say, I believe that working out is overrated. This is not to say that all exercise is overrated. I understand and think that it’s important to be healthy. But working out solely for the purpose of “bulking up” or “getting huge” is moronic.

I can remember waking up early to work out before the day started in high school because I was always told how “important it was to be really strong”. Groggily getting out of bed dragging myself to the school’s disgusting, sweat filled, smelly weight room. Hoping that the person before me was kind enough to wipe their sweat off the machine I intended on using. And when it was all over, I remember being sore the rest of the day and trying to figure out if it was all worth it. Needless to say, this only lasted about 2 weeks before I came to my senses.

I acknowledge that there are certain occupations that require a regimented weight lifting routine. For example, alligator wrestler. This individual’s life depends on their ability to be stronger than their arch nemesis, the alligator. Among others, I would include most of those in the armed services, policemen, firemen, and professional metal benders in this category.

But for those of us not in these or similar occupations, having the ability to lift 3 times our body weight doesn’t really serve a purpose in everyday life. I can’t tell you the number of times that my inability to bench press 280 lbs has hindered me from doing well in school, feeding myself, or just interacting with other individuals on a daily basis (cough…sarcasm…cough).

As I see it, the only purpose for me to lift weights would be to prepare for a fight in the future. And although there are a lot of A-holes out there looking for a fight ( I would know, I’ve run into them…literally), I’m not going to drastically change my schedule in preparation of their meat head ways. Why wouldn’t I just save myself a lot of time and buy some Mace? I suppose that’s kind of “girly”, but if it will save me hour upon hour of torture in the smelly ass gym, then it is well worth it.

Aside from gazing upon one’s magnificent pectorals and 24 packs in the mirror while working out, what other benefit does a ginormous body serve? As far as I can tell…None.

And for these reasons, I again say ‘Working out is overrated’. Thank you for listening to my rant and remember to stay away from those free weights.