Admit it. There are tons of healthy things you know you should be doing but you don’t. Maybe it’s getting 8 hours of sleep per night, or cutting out soda completely. Which is fine. I’m not here to judge.
And since we’re not judging, here are 5 healthy things I’m just not into:
1. Coconut Water
Practically everyone and their mother recommends drinking coconut water. It’s a great source of potassium (about 294 mg potassium in a 100 ml glass) as well as other nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, and sodium. It’s known as the ultimate hangover cure. It’s even been used as a short-term intravenous hydration fluid when medical saline wasn’t available…
There’s just one problem. It. Tastes. Horrible. How do people drink this?! Am I crazy? I’ve tried. Believe me I’ve tried. And I can’t get through those first sips. I’m almost positive this must be similar to the cilantro problem (because of a genetic trait, some people say cilantro tastes like soap). Because I stare at my friends dumbfounded as they drink their coconut waters and smile. ::shudder::
2. Juice Cleanses
OK this is a controversial one. Not everyone thinks juice fasting is exactly “healthy.” But they’re so popular now that you almost feel silly not trying it at least once. Here’s how it works: You consume about 6 drinks per day of juiced fruits and veggies. No other food. The typical length is three days although some people go as long as a week. Most people lose weight, although that isn’t exactly the point. It’s supposed to be a way for you to break any bad habits or food addictions and kick off a life of healthier eating.
I have to admit, I tried it. While perusing the aisles at Whole Foods a few months back, I saw they had juices from Blue Print , a popular juice cleanse company. Granted they’re at least $6.99 each, times 6 juices per day, times three days…But I caved and bought them. Thankfully only for one day and not the full three. Because after the first day I was ready to chew my arm off.
It’s not that I was hungry. The 6 juices are actually pretty filling. And they don’t taste that horrible. But I just missed chewing. All I could think about was the food in my kitchen and how I should be eating it. Forget it. If you’re looking for a “cleanse” or a way to reset your body, I much prefer the Whole30 or the 21 Day Sugar Detox.
Burpees. You either love them or you hate them. They’re cardio and strength wrapped into one. It’s a favorite among Crossfit gyms everywhere. Heck, even The Art of Manliness calls them “the ultimate full body exercise.” When broken down, they seem easy: 1) Start in a squat position with hands on the floor, 2) kick your feet out into a pushup position (some people do a pushup), 3) jump back into a squat position, 4) jump up as high as you can, 5) repeat…
The only problem is whenever I do this ultimate exercise, I get the ultimate asthma attack. Nothing makes me feel more out of shape than burpees.
4. Jumping Rope
Speaking of cardio, everyone can agree that jumping rope is awesome. You can buy a jump rope for super cheap and do it practically anywhere. It’s a staple exercise among boxers. And apparently is great for your bones.
So what’s the problem? I can’t jump rope. I don’t know if it’s a coordination problem or a I just can’t jump problem. I’ve smacked my head with the rope, I’ve tripped over the rope, I’ve hit myself in the face….I don’t think I’ve ever successfully made a full rotation. I once took a boxing class where we had to jump rope for 3 minutes. The teacher eventually turned to me and said “just put the rope down and jump in the place….” Yeah…F you stupid rope.
Spinning was all the rage a couple of years ago. If you haven’t tried it before, imagine a ton of stationary bikes lined up in a small room, everyone peddling as fast as they can to upbeat music. Tons of people love it, including a few of my best girl friends. And it’s supposed to be an amazing workout, with people burning 500 calories in 45 minutes.
I’ve tried it twice now and I just can’t get into it. The entire time all I’m thinking about is how much my butt hurts. And I can’t seem to get the sweet spot with my resistance. If it’s too high my legs give out after a few minutes, if it’s too low I don’t even break a sweat.
Now it’s your turn.