It has come to my attention that men and women have very different attitudes.
Men like to exercise. They get excited about exercise. They look forward to exercise. They need exercise. When they are not exercising, they are thinking about exercising. For them, exercise is fun, an excellent way to blow off steam, relax, and wind down at the end of the day. Or at the beginning of the day. Or right in the middle of the day. There really is no bad time. And they would work out every day if they could, at least once a day. If they don’t exercise on a very regular basis, they get moody and lethargic and depressed. Men will exercise when they are sick. Men will exercise tired. Men exercise even when there are about a billion other things they really should be doing instead because that is how important it is to them. And because they exercise so much, they like variety. Doing the same workout over and over again gets redundant; they like to mix it up, trying new exercises, new gyms, new moves. They know that they are going to get sweaty, but they don’t mind. That is what showers are for. Taking a shower after exercising is almost as nice as the exercise itself.
Women, on the other hand, don’t like exercise. They see it as a chore, something they should do, but don’t necessarily want to do. To them, it is not a need at all. They think of it as boring, messy, tiresome, and annoying. As a result, they put it off, make up excuses, whine to their friends, and would basically rather be doing just about anything else. When they do exercise, they are all about efficiency and routine. They have a workout they like, and they will stick to it. Maybe it’s 2 miles on a treadmill, maybe it’s 20 minutes on a stationary bike, but the goal is to get in and out as quickly as possible so that they can move on to whatever they would rather be doing (i.e. working, talking on the phone, watching paint dry, etc.). If they could get away with it, many of them would never exercise again.
I have also noticed that, once women do exercise, find the motivation and get past the obstacles and excuses, they are always glad they did. Because once they commit, they do have fun and feel good and enjoy themselves.
Can anyone think of any other areas where men and women have similarly divergent attitudes? Any other area at all…?