Has anyone here taken up exercise, but then decided that life was better without it?
I grew up a pretty sedentary (and chubby) kid, only going outside to play on occasion, always hating gym class, and never playing sports. I was overweight in high school, and then at around 19 years old I started watching my diet and exercising. I took up running primarily, and soon added weight lifting, and over the next 10 years I did various combinations of weekly running and weight lifting at varying intensities. My workouts were always short, and I've never done more that 45 minute workouts 6 times a week (and that would only be during times when I had almost no other stress, like summer break from college), and I'd say I averaged 3 workouts per week at about 45 min each over the past 10 years.
Lately I've been reducing my workouts due to lack of energy, and general feelings of stress and exhaustion, even though my job is great and I have no outside obligations taking any energy (I'm married and don't have kids, so life is pretty smooth right now). For the past several months though, I've scaled back to one weight-lifting workout per week, and even that feels like it just leaves me wiped. I try to walk every day after breakfast, and even that is starting to feel exhausting. I've tried diet tweaks up the wazoo and have found a great deal of stress reduction and energy with the diet I'm following now, but working out hasn't gotten any better. So, I'm considering dropping working out all together to see how I feel, but I'm afraid to because of the overwhelming evidence that exercise keeps you healthy. I'm wondering though if because I grew up as a couch potato, is that how I function optimally?
Have any of you decided that exercise is just not for you? Do any of you always feel worse after you exercise? Are there any totally happy paleo couch potatoes out there? Are there any tribes or ancient cultures who were/are known couch potatoes?