Why I Hate Excercise And Love Movement Instead

Which one floats your boat, and why?

David Jurasek
10 min readJun 25, 2019


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This is a showdown between…

Movement Versus Excercise

But, I won’t pretend to be impartial. I am an unabashed movement lover.

If you disagree and are a fan of exercise, don’t sulk or turn away. I dare you to comment and tell me why at the bottom.

If you think this comparison is unnecessary, I might agree.

If you get the value of both, power to you.

Here’s the rub for me.

It’s totally personal.

One, I hate exercise.

Two, I hate what it does to the vast majority of friends and family, being told they need to do it for their health and wellbeing.

The results are predictable and almost always painful to watch.

They either should on themselves while growing increasing guilty and paralyzed, unable to get started. To cope with the shame, they sink into their couch inhaling their favorite comfort food.

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Bringing up the topic creates agony on their face and a desire to avoid discussing it or outright lying.

Or, my more “motivated” friends…

They put on a brave smile and push themselves to the gym, slavishly obeying “good advice”. They feel pumped for a few weeks and lose a few pounds, but, as night follows day, they run out of money for personal trainers and out of steam to keep up the momentum.

Gradually and quietly they shake off any regimes.

So, this is why I contrast these two ways of engaging our bodies side by side.

Pushing Myself vs. Being Inspired

Exercise needs to be adopted and often nudged into. It creates tension in me — I should and yet…



David Jurasek

Imperfect man wrestling with the paradox of being powerful and loving. Find me and our dojo at: www.powerfulandloving.com