Fun Exercise

What’s the most fun way to exercise?

I have heard a great deal about pickleball lately. It sounds like something I would enjoy and that would provide fun exercise. A former colleague of mine teaches it locally, and said I should drop by—9am to noon on Saturdays. I laughed; I may be up by 11 but I am not out. So I need to find another time/alternative.

In the meantime, with the warmer weather of spring, I have been walking any chance I get. There’s a walking path nearby, and I can go quite a distance if I can safely get to it; some of the sidewalks are still brick, none of them are at the same height or angle, and sometimes they have shocks of grass growing between them; one must tread carefully.

The path also provides entertainment. I’m not much of a gambler, but I like to bet with myself who will say hello. I mean, we’re on the path for exercise, a common activity, right? So it’s interesting that some people won’t even make eye contact. Some will, and even nod, or smile, or even mouth a hello. And very occasionally, wonder of wonders, they even vocalize a greeting. I of course adjust my greeting in response to theirs; I mean, I wouldn’t want to bellow a hearty “hello!” to a person who’s going to give me a sidelong glance and barely part their lips in a semblance of a “hi.” Or “hehh,” which looks like it’s spoken by a ventriloquist dummy sitting on a shelf in a 5.0 earthquake.

So there’s physical and mental exercise, with a high degree of improv. Walking is good exercise for the mind and body!

How do you exercise? Let me know in the comments, and please like and follow!

Published by stephenschrum

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts; interested in virtual worlds, playwrighting, and filmmaking. Now creating a podcast called "Audio Chimera."

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