Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Biggest Workout Impediment

So, I've been putting a lot of thought into the question - "What is it that keeps a person from following through on their workout plans?"  I for one go to bed every night resolved to get up bright and early and get some good solid exercise before the day, and all that it brings, gets in the way.  so, every night I make sure that the alarm clock on my phone is set for a time several hours before I have to get the kids up from school, and I go to sleep.  Every morning, my alarm goes off as planned - but some mornings my work outs don't happen.

This morning for instance, my alarm went off at the proper time.  I got out of bed, took the phone in my hand, pressed the snooze button, took the phone back to bed with me, and decided to get up in five minutes when the snooze alarm rang.  Well, lying in bed I pressed the snooze button 22 times.  Then, when I was only ten minutes away from having to wake my boys up for school - the answer came to me - like an inspiration - like a higher power speaking to me in my half conscious state.  The thing that keeps me from achieving my work out goals is - dun dun dah - The Snooze Button!

So - I'm thinking - what idiot came up with this snooze button idea and why?  I mean, if there was no snooze button I would be afraid to go back to sleep because I might not wake up in time (unless I took the trouble to reset my clock for a later time - an act that would probably wake me up because I would have to concentrate on what I was doing.

Well, it turns out that the man who invented the snooze button was Lew Wallace - author of Ben Hur.  Weird, huh?  I couldn't find out any information on why he invented it.  I guess the idea was to get an extra few minutes of sleep.


I did, however, find that scientists agree that the use of the snooze button is not healthy.  Apparently, while using the snooze button it is impossible to go into a state of deep sleep - meaning that the time spent pressing snooze is not at all restful.  It's better to get up when the alarm rings, get some exercise to become more alert, and take a nap later.

So, I would like to say that I am going to give up the snooze button, but I tend not to think about things quite so clearly when my alarm goes off in the morning.  Still, I am going to try.  Maybe I need to get a clock without a snooze button - that's what I need to do.  I could kick Lew Wallace for inventing the stupid button - then five minutes later, I would kick him again.


  1. LOL! You are hysterical! But really, what is it that keeps you from getting your exercise? I watched that Oprah show today,so I know the answer.

  2. I agree... I always push the snooze button at least a few times, and I usually feel even more tired when I finally get up. All the snooze button does is let me START to drift off and then get jolted awake again!
    They make alarm clocks that fly around the room and you have to get up and catch them to turn them off. Maybe you should get one of those!