Welcome to the Reluctant Hubby

I am inertia personified.

For those of you who can’t remember 10th grade chemistry class, I’ll save you the trouble of dashing over to Wikipedia. Inertia is “the resistance of any physical object to a change in its state of motion or rest,” or as I like to call it, “a body on the couch tends to remain on the couch.”

Which causes friction when your wife owns a Pilates studio and has a well-read blog with the word “fitness” in its title.  We’re so different in our workout regimes that the New York Times took our picture and featured us in a piece on spouses where one exercises regularly and the other not so much (they said my most notable athletic achievement was being commissioner of my fantasy football league).

Me and Lisa at her Pilates studio. Photo Rick Friedman, New York Times

In actuality, I’m not all that sloth-like.  I play in a fairly competitive volleyball league once a week for about two hours.  I have stuttered and stopped with a couch-to-5k running program the past two summers.  I used to coach my son’s soccer team.  And I’ve been riding my bike to work most days, three miles each way.  But I hate working out.  Despise.  Abhor.

Yes, I do currently pay a gym on a monthly basis for the privilege of carrying around their membership card on my keychain.  And no, I have not stepped inside the facility since I signed up a few months back.  I prefer my exercise come in a competitive atmosphere where working out is a side benefit of the game being played.  I have yet to meet a treadmill that can provide such a visceral experience.

But I can’t pretend that I can get away with this attitude any longer.  I’m 45 now, and starting next week, I begin my life as an entrepreneur working from home.  This means no more six miles on a bike five times a week. And it also means I’ll have a more flexible schedule that will allow me to hit the gym in the middle of the day.  And I might even look forward to hitting the gym so I can work off the stress of being responsible for my own paycheck.

So why should you be interested in my journey? Because for many people, I am You. I’m not trying to drop an extensive amount of weight.  I’m not trying to radically change my diet and never eat a french fry again.  I’m not trying to accomplish some remarkable athletic endeavor like a century bike ride or swimming to the moon.

I’m trying to get fit, improve my cardio levels, maybe lose a couple pounds in the process, but more importantly, help swap the locations of the pounds I do have (I can turn my pot belly into a pot chest — that is such a thing, yes?).  I’m trying to see how I can add fitness while living the life I currently have, and exactly what that means to my health, my body, and my lifestyle.  But yes, I plan to do all of this while being Lisa’s plaything.  She gets to experiment on me (some) and I get to grumble while I’m doing what she tells me.

And all of this begins in one week at the start of November. As I’m sneaking half of my son’s Halloween candy.  Hey, somebody’s gotta eat the ones with peanuts in them.  Most people won’t be thinking about fitness until the holidays have passed and the brand new year and resolutions are staring them in the face.  By then I’ll have had two months of figuring things out so you can do what I do that works and avoid the inevitable mistakes that will be made.

But mostly I’ll be doing this reluctantly. I like my couch and if I were in charge people would stay healthy through their daily consumption of sugar cereal.  By chronicling my misadventures on this site, though, I’ll have to keep honest with myself and keep at it.  Even when I don’t want to.  And who knows?  Maybe the hubby part will turn into hubba-hubba.

About Greg Wymer

Greg Wymer is Principal and Chief of Creative for Healthy Dose Media. He was an award-winning radio copywriter and morning show producer for WFNX-FM in Boston in the 1990s, and in the 2000s won Best Viral Marketing Campaign and Best Non-Profit Campaign for his work with e-tractions, a provider of custom online entertainment. Before launching Healthy Dose Media, he spent 10 years at the MIT Enterprise Forum working as a developer of programs, content, and marketing for a global audience of startups and entrepreneurs. Greg has been a mobile and club DJ for 25 years, created and ran a pub trivia night called Useless Trivia, and is on the Board of Directors of ImprovBoston, where he performed as a cast member of its Mainstage for seven years.

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6 Responses to Welcome to the Reluctant Hubby

  1. Joe Williams October 24, 2011 at 10:45 am #

    Outstanding! I look forward to your “mis-”adventures so that we might benefit from them :)

  2. Lisa Johnson October 24, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

    Joe, he has no idea how mean I can actually be ;-) L–

  3. Liz Marold October 24, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    I know how mean you can be. Please be kind to the best son-in-law on the planet!Acc. heredmi

  4. Monica October 24, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

    will there be a Reluctant Hubby Workout Playlist feature? :)

    best of luck with the new venture!

  5. Lisa Johnson October 24, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    Monica, there WILL be a playlist just sign up for our newsletter and you’ll get it weekly. :) For everyone else the comment from Liz is my Mom … she wont’ let me train her either … she knows I’ll get revenge for my high school years. L–

  6. KellyJMF November 14, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    I used to train with Lisa when her studio was near my office and it was great. But maybe she’s nicer to cousins than immediate family.

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