Book Review: I Hate It When Exercise Is The Answer
I N T R O D U C T I O N
Pick up any woman’s magazine. Read any pamphlet in your doctor’s office. Like it or not, you’ll find that exercise seems to be the prescription for just about every ill, from diabetes to heart disease to depression to (ironically) fatigue.
Luckily, exercise bikes, dumbbells, and spandex suits are not needed in these 31 exercises to help keep our spirits in shape. I Hate It When Exercise Is the Answer is filled with funny, easy-to-relate-to stories that also come with lessons, such as: how a tax return can teach us perspective, how a big cookie teaches about assumptions, and what an engine-free car has to do with adjusting our expectations. In her lighthearted and conversational style, author Emily Watts offers ideas to improve our spiritual and emotional fitness. In just one short month, you could be a better, happier, more spiritual you!
This is one fitness tool that won’t end up gathering dust in the corner of your room.
* D I S C L O S U R E : The author is a member of the LDS Church and this book refers to that faith in the form of passages, and other references. My review of this book is in no way my intention to push religion on you, or to discredit, disrespect, or alienate any different religions…and just for reference, this isn’t even MY religion. – Laura
O V E R V I E W
A U T H O R : EMILY WATTS
P U B L I S H E R : DESERET BOOK COMPANY
G E N R E : PERSONAL GROWTH
I S B N : 13: 978-60641-107-0
T O T A L P A G E S : 164
W H E R E T O G E T : It’s available on Amazon, but I borrowed a copy from my local library.
S U M M A R Y
I had zero intention of picking this book up when I went to the library last month, but I was really drawn to the title. As a hater of exercise myself, I found it funny and intriguing.
When I read the excerpt on the back of the book, I was no longer just intrigued – but captivated! I love learning about new perspectives and growing as a person. Being an avid personal growth genre reader, I’m surprised I didn’t find my way to this book sooner.
As you can probably already tell, this is not an exercise/diet book. At least, not the physical kind. The author, Emily, has used her platform as a writer to teach us some great lessons that we can all learn, if only we could see our everyday lives from a different perspective. The lessons depict exercises in Being Prepared, Acknowledging Limitations, Finding your Mission, and so much more. Each exercise is given its own chapter, 31 in total.
C O N C L U S I O N
This book was a very easy read and I read it in 2 sittings (life with a baby, y’all). Although 31 chapters seems like a lot, they’re very short and I like that each chapter is a different exercise. It makes it easy to pick up where you left off, even if it’s weeks later, because there are no pertinent details you need to remember to understand the remaining chapters.
Emily’s writing style is just my cup of tea. She is funny, relatable, and teaches these lessons without being condescending or sounding like a know-it-all. I feel like I am just chatting with a friend. Her stories are so relatable and even in her mishaps, she comes across as very charming and humble, while remaining resilient and strong. Her honesty and ability to admit fault allow her to come across as a REAL person. It’s no wonder this book even made it onto my favorites!
R A T I N G
3.9 O U T O F 5