Every once in a while it occurs to me that it might be time to shake up my exercise levels again. Usually such a thought is sparked by one of those oh-no-don’t-tell-me-it’s-shrunk-again moments when I decide to try something on that I haven’t worn in a while—‘Mmmmm . . . I don’t remember this being quite so snug the last time I put it on . . . and I don’t recall it showing off all those wobbly bits quite as much either . . .’ Sigh.
You might have gathered that I am not really a fan of exercise per se. I exercise because I ‘should’ (and obviously need to) but not because I enjoy it. There have been periods in my life when I have done much more regular exercise than I do now (like going to the gym religiously 4-5 days a week) and periods when I have done a good deal less (like lazily lifting a glass of wine while watching exercise videos . . . ) but there have been very few times I can remember actually enjoying the exercise itself. (I admit I have enjoyed the benefits of regular exercise but the actual bending and lifting and running—not so much.)
(Just quietly, I blame my parents. Neither of them had the slightest interest in sports, or indeed exercise of any description at all that I noticed, and they obviously passed this apathy-gene down on to me.)
In spite of this I do force myself to be not entirely sedentary. I walk the dogs every day (although the dogs are getting older and therefore slower and so I am too. Getting slower I mean. I’m definitely not getting any older). I do a bit (a very little bit) of weight training every day (for the ol’ bingo arms) although how much I achieve often depends on whether the girls decide to ‘help’ me along with the process (lying on your back holding a barbell above your head while three little dogs lick the sweat from your eyes, ears and nose can be a tad distracting) and I also ride my (stationary) bike for around 30 minutes a day. Granted I sometimes catch myself pedalling more slowly than perhaps I should because the book I am reading at the same time is getting kind of interesting and I can’t read it quite as well if the pages keeping jumping up and down and . . .
. . . okay, yes, maybe I could stand to need to kick it up a notch. I’ll sit down, make some decisions and draw up a new plan of attack. I’ll do that. Later.
But first I think I’ll join my Maudie for a quiet little nap. Decisions are always so much easier after a nice little nap . . .