In an attempt to improve both my physical and mental health, this afternoon I went on a long walk. Part of my mental health meltdown from 2017 all but turned me into a near sedentary hermit. I got out from time to time, employed my Academy Award acting style and somehow got on with stuff. It has been a hell of a way back to some kind of normality.
The benefits of exercise are obvious in terms of good health. Every single step is better than no step and today I managed a lot of them. Whilst the physical exercise was welcome, the mental side was even more so. I wanted to make the experience mentally rewarding, as well as physically rewarding. To that end, I declined the accompaniment of music of any other such distractions.
On a point of full disclosure, I am no great fan of gymnasiums. I do not doubt for one moment the benefits of working out on the various equipment available at the myriad of gyms around the country. But having been with people, in a professional capacity, who have used gyms, I have always found them a miserable, dispiriting place. If something is so boring the only way you can do it is by listening to music or watching ‘Homes Under the Hammer’, I can’t help but wonder whether it’s worth doing at all. On my brisk walk, I set my brain free and the ideas were fizzing. I came home and wrote some of them down before I was overcome by waves of tiredness and collapsed for half an hour on the sofa. A couple of hours later and it’s my brain that feels good. I can listen to all the music I like when I am at home. (It’s Jordan Rakei at the moment, if you’re interested.)
Anyway, I can do all the exercise I want to do on the streets, on the golf course or, if I am really keen, I can purchase, at a modest cost, some basic exercise equipment at home. I suspect as the years go by, many of the gyms will stand empty as people find better ways and better places to exercise.
I didn’t exactly come back caked in sweat but I knew I had done myself some good. Better still, it made my head feel good. And if my head feels good, the world is my lobster.