|I need advice, guys
||[Apr. 17th, 2010|09:26 pm]
|||||tired, but not tired enough||]|
I went for a nice walk today. By which I mean that I set out for the end of Dun Laoghaire Pier (a modest 6km or so) and then kept on going. No, I didn't walk into the sea; I walked back along the pier and continued along the seafront. After an hour and a quarter, I stopped power-walking and reverted to normal Charlotte-speed (this is still possibly faster than many people walk; I am often aware of slowing my pace when walking with others). After a while I reached Dalkey, felt a little surprised, pottered around Dalkey for a bit, and then walked home again, via a supermarket in Deansgrange. According to Google maps, this was about 22km, but they will only calculate routes along actual roads so the time you spend picking your careful way across seaweedy rocks at low tide, for instance, doesn't get added in. And now I am a bit cold and slightly sorefooted, but not actually, properly tired. I'm able to sit still with minimal fidgeting and without getting up to pace around the room every five minutes. Which is good and all, but seriously? I should be tired after that!
Being tired is important, you see. I'm a jittery tense insomniac bundle of nervous energy, unless that same nervous energy gets burned off through physical exertion. I don't even like sports, as a rule, but it beats buzzing around with the attention span of a butterfly and then lying awake all night.
So, here's where I need advice: I very obviously need to get more exercise than I do. And the types of exercise I don't hate are rather logistically constrained. There's trampoline, of course, and to do that you need enough people for a session and also hall space in the sports centre, and that's not so easy to arrange. There's wall climbing, and for that you just need the wall to be open and a friend who is able to belay. Which is still quite often beyond my control. There is swimming, which is subject to the local pool's being open to the public at any given time, and circuit training, which in theory you can do at any time but I really like swimming after it - swimming is a brilliant way to cool down and stretch out, I find - so that's also kind of constrained by the pool.
Then there is walking. As can be seen, it takes an awful lot of that to have any effect. Plus, it is quite boring unless you have lovely scenery to look at or a lovely person to talk with, or both. Most of the walking you can do around suburban Dublin is less than thrilling. And if I'm not alone it more or less has to be a slower and shorter walk than if I am. Hillwalking is better, because you get nice views to look at and also it is uphill and so more tiring. But you generally need a driving friend to get to where you can do it (plus, it is often raining in these parts).
So. Please, please suggest other kinds of exercise. Ideally, things that can be done without masses of special equipment or making complicated arrangements with other people. I don't care about losing weight or increasing fitness or toning any particular muscles - just wear me out, any way at all.