Friday, July 04, 2008

Exercise Ideas

Now that I've quit my job, I'm going to have more time in the early mornings.

One of the things I'm definitely going to do is start swimming again. I went for a swim this morning and it felt great! There was only one other person in the pool, I got a nice big wide lane and I gave it a good go considering I was swimming swimming (that's intentional, like properly swimming) after a long time.

60 lengths of a 25-metre pool was fun. And not too tiring either. (I took three brief 1-minute stops after a set of 20 lengths. 40 freestyle and 20 breast-stroke.) I've really missed swimming and it felt so good to back in a pool again. Besides, it's great to cross-train with running.

Another thing I'm going to do is get me a cycle. One of the little things that annoyed me about my job was the amount of fuel I'd have to burn to get to work everyday. (I drive about 56 kms a day right now.) Contributing to pollution, global warming and all that. It may seem stupid to you but it was this little thing always sat at the back of my head.

So anyway, once I get my cycle, I'm going to try and cycle short distances. I stay eco-friendly and I get exercise.

On a completely different note, I think I've got the soul of a hippy. Sometimes, I think I belong a world that wasn't so fast. Like my parents' generation or something. Blues and jazz, people had time for each other, idealism, romance. It all sounds like a dream now. Everything is so fast. The food, relationships, dating, cars, reading, work, deadlines. Where are we going in such a hurry?


Mee said...

Way to go Ajeya!
We pool car to work so feel a wee bit less guilty abt the adding to pollution and global warming tho what u r about to do is way way way cool!
How fast or easy we live is a function of choices dear ajeya:-), slow down mah man! Pause and look around, there is much in little things of life to enjoy:-)

haathi said...

do you sometimes feel like we're always rushing around..literally and figuratively going from one thing to another, feeling so much, seeing so much, experiencing so much change so rapidly, sensing things at the speed of light, taking in everything around us, assimilating it at crazy speeds..and still lik youre not going anywhere at all?

like youre atcually just racing round in one big fat circle?

sometimes i feel that way and its the worlds most futile feeling! and its at times like that when you want to just stop breathe and get off this high speed train and stop taking life so seriously.


DewdropDream said...

I love cycling too!!! Nothing like it to exercise and have fun simultaneously. That's one way of slowing down and pausing to look at things in a slightly relaxed manner :)

Ajeya said...

mee... :) I carpool too! With two very fun folks! :) I'm definitely going to find my own pace and slow down a little. You're right, the joy is often in the small thing.

haathi... I totally feel that way. It's this whole big overload and ambush on the mind and senses. I don't take life seriously. I like to think of it as a nice, beautiful joke. 'God playing the fool'... I read that somewhere.

dewdrop... You do? I enjoyed it SO much in my school days! A whole bunch of us boys would go up and down Marine Drive shouting, screaming and racing with each other. We'd finish off with those little plastic "pepsi" things. It was this little tube of ice in plastic packaging! :)

Mee said...

we used to call it pepsi-cola:-) and I would pick the kaala khata or orange becos it would colour the lips and I would feel all grown up!:-) fun days those!:-)

haathi said...

one time i read somewhere:
"life is what passes you by when youre too busy at work."

and i think it was by someone half way famous atleast. i cant remember who. i just hope i havent killed the words..because i cant remember the quote verbatim.

Ajeya said...

mee... yeah that only ya! :) oooh kala khatta!!! yummeeeee!!! :D

haathi... :) it's not the exact quote. check out the article in my latest post "A Life is Lived in an Instant". The quote is in the linked article. You'll love the article btw :)

Mee said...

Hehehe had kala khata at swati?:) its yummm:)

Ajeya said...

mee... no, I haven't actually. btw it's freaky, i actually went to swati yesterday!! the 11th! :)

Mee said...

Jeezeeee!Too many crossing of paths, dates:-)
Soon we will be showing our tatooed arms to each other as the 2 friends who got sepearated at the mela becos of this evil guy, finally met at Swati!:-)
(kidding)- did u have the panini? nxt time try the sugarcane juice and the kaala khata:-)