Wednesday, 9 January 2013
Deep Breath...Let's Talk Exercise
My dear blogging friend, Frances, mentioned she was about to head off to the gym. I applauded her for her bravery. I tried a gym for about three months a couple of years ago. I hated it. Perhaps it was the environment. The only gym in Our Town at the time was at the local pool and it was a dingy little room off to the side of the building with limited equipment. The few people there ignore everyone else in the room - no camaraderie shall be entered into.
I think I've finally decided that since my knees don't like netball anymore (a shame, because the rest of me loves it), walking is my preferred exercise of choice. I can go at whatever time I prefer and it costs me nothing but time. When we first moved to Our Town I also noticed that you're not allowed to walk past another walker without greeting them. Well....this happens between 5am and 7am. I don't know about the rest of the day. A simple "morning" and a quick smile is all that is required. I thought it odd when we first moved here. Now I'm the first to offer the requisite greeting. I like that we're a friendly bunch...unlike the gym bunch.
All that being said there are a couple of drawbacks. Firstly, motivation. I'm an early morning walker and prefer to return home before the sun is high enough to get in my eyes. If I don't wake up in time to be home by 7am I don't go, and often I just don't feel like it. Since I'm not paying for the privilege I don't feel the same need to get my money's worth as I do at a gym. The second drawback is the weather. If it's raining but I have managed to wake up in good time I sit there looking miserably out the window - all those good intentions dashed!
This year I have determined that I need to walk more. I'm aiming for three to four days a week. I think I could nearly do that.
What is your favourite form of exercise?