Brain exercise, body exercise – seem to work better with action.
I wonder if its value is so much in muscle tone as it is in re-tuning my whole day with an exercise/fresh air/relaxing hot-tub and steam after bending and stretching, pulling and lifting, hill-climbing and coasting. Watching the keeners go at it is far more inspirational to me than the notion of having a personal trainer making me do things that hurt.
Maybe I should put working-out fanatic characters in my next fiction piece – that could inspire more – swifter, higher, stronger.
My routine is not sophisticated. My repetitions perhaps lazy by standards of others. My sweat not severe – I’m working back into working back into it . . .
I enjoy the outing as much as the work out and remind myself how unwise it was to slip away from it.
I enjoy early-ness, light traffic, empty locker rooms and calmer space than at any other time of day. The place is populated by rush to work-out, rush to the office types and the clearly retired/aged types who can’t sleep and might as well work out . . .
Changing routine is a priority-setting exercise I’ve struggled with many times. Well planned changes often take me down different paths. Back to the gym in early mornings – because later in the day is a commitment that is so easily excused when meetings, appointments and calls send the day into a different direction.
Still, I wonder if looking out the window thinking about moving has merit if I’m writing something lazy or lethargic. I need to be that character and know that experience too.
column written/ published from Calgary
morning walk: -26C / -15F, clear, calm and very cold; quiet, stars and crescent moon lit the way – Gusta wanted back in before I did. It is very cold. Her pre-spring coat-shedding has abated for now.
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