We had a few colleagues take part in the annual City2Surf marathon on the weekend, which has resulted in some hobbling around the office over the last couple of days. So for this week’s Off Topic, it’s a good chance to ask: what’s your preferred form of exercise?
I’ve never been the gym kind of person, predominately for a couple of reasons. If I’m not exercising for a competitive reason, like playing soccer or (when I was younger) cricket, I prefer exercise to be a solo pursuit. There’s probably a few self-esteem issues in that: I used to weigh a lot more than I used to (120kg, in fact) and just going for a run by myself was easier, cheaper and wasn’t burdened by having instructors or other people randomly come up to you.
Actually, it’s probably just the cheaper part.
But in general, the idea of just going for a run in the morning or evening when it’s cold has always appealed to me. Having music blast through your head while the ground reverberates through your feet has a certain calm to it. It’s peaceful, really.
But if I’m picking something for raw excitement, there’s nothing that quite beats using my previously quite large arse to bounce people around in indoor soccer. Christ I miss that game.
What’s your preferred form of exercise?