Friday, July 10, 2009

A Physical Friday Five

This week's RevGalBlogPals Friday Five asks us "about you and your beautiful temple of the Holy Spirit":

1. What was your favorite sport or outdoor activity as a child?
I was a great hiker through our farm fields. And -- believe it or not -- I enjoyed mowing the lawn.

2. P.E. class--heaven or the other place?
Definitely the other place. Back in the 60's and 70's, PE class had nothing to do with inculcating a personal health regimen or even awxappreciation of one's physicality. Naw -- it was all about burning off kids' excess energy between academic classes and, later on in middle and high school, identifying elite athletes for school teams; oh, and following a state reg. I'd like to think that things have changed, but I'm told that at least in my locality PE is the same-ol', same-ol', only with perhaps even less student enthusiasm.

3. What is your favorite form of exercise now?
I enjoy walking. I enjoy gardening, which can provide a pretty good non-aerobic workout. And, all appearances to the contrary, I do enjoy going to the gym and working on the machines. (Our best intentions to this fell by the wayside when our lives started getting busy again in the mid-winter, and I frankly don't know when we'll be able to start up again.)

4. Do you like to work out solo or with a partner?
I have to say, I enjoy walking alone, which is like a moving meditation for me -- and that way I only have to worry about my own pace. I enjoy working the gym machines with Fellow Traveler so we can talk while we exercise, and for the friendly competition.

5. Inside or outside?
Walking outside; everything else inside.

My own bonus question: A type of exercise I'd like to take up but haven't yet: Tai chi. I love watching tai chi practitioners doing their thing. Sadly, the last time I attempted this discipline -- using a DVD designed for older adults, I might add -- the instructor went too fast for me. Which tells you something about my ability to move easily in space.


Barbara B. said...

Tai chi does look really interesting to me...

leanngunterjohns said...

I enjoyed mowing the lawn too-- because I got paid to mow my neighbor's lawn. I just never wanted to admit it to my parents for fear that it would become my regular chore!

mompriest said...

I too love to walk as a form of moving meditation - my spiritual director once mentioned this idea and connected it to Tobit walking his, it's also scriptural!

Beth said...

Tai chi: I have a friend who does it--and loves it. She is blessed with a natural grace that did not make it into my body. It IS lovely to watch,'s just too bad I can't get the exercise benefit simply by viewing!

AFSkypilot said...

I like bicycling myself. We have some excellent bike trails in the area. Then too there are several abandoned rail road right of ways that go through some remote areas. I enjoy going down those trails. Of course, you have to have permission if the abandoned right of ways go through private property--which are usually posted when you come to the property lines

Wounded and Healing said...

In regards to the PE question, I don't think I know a single adult who actually claims to have ever LIKED it. I join you in my shuddering revulsion to PE. It was the worst part of my day, and I cheered when I was able to stop taking it after 10th grade. However, I will admit that I began gaining weight and losing shape after that, so maybe it did some good...