einstein-1100451__180Almost 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.

Get in touch today; I’d love to hear from you!  719.598.6232

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