Almost two months into the new year I can’t help but wonder how many people who resolved to go to the gym actually made it there. Personally, I’m not a fan having once fallen while on a treadmill, and couldn’t get up.
Which made me think of the great German-born physicist Albert Einstein, who was gym aversive, which not many people know.
I don’t know why Einstein’s dislike is not more widely known. After all, the great physicist made many statements about his disregard for physical exertion, especially in a public setting. Here’s some of what he said:
- Sweat flattens the hair.
- This is the definition of stupidity: Doing reps over and over again expecting it’ll make a difference.
- Relatively speaking, time can better be spent somewhere else.
- Two things are infinite: the universe and stupidity. Going to the gym is stupid.
- Anyone who has never made a mistake has never touched a medicine ball.
- I never think of the future; it comes soon enough and I’d rather eat schnitzel.
- The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that people pay to exercise.
- Logic will take you from A to B; imagination will let you believe that beer and bratwurst are healthy.
- When you’re eating kuchen an hour feels like a second; when you’re sitting on an exercise bike a second feels like an hour. That’s relativity.
- Free weights are not free.
- Looking at exercise equipment it has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.
- Weakness of attitude has nothing to do with weakness of the knees.
- A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit, and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy? Not exercise, that’s for sure.
- Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them. Gym rats do neither.
- Either we suffer in health or we get fat. Me, I vote for strudel.
Kathe Skinner is a Marriage & Family therapist in private practice working especially with couples looking for the kind of relationship change that doesn’t involve going to the gym. She is also among a handful of people who have fallen on a treadmill and can’t get up. Kathe and her husband David live in Colorado with their two exercise-aversive cats, Petey and Lucy.
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