Like Katie, I decided to try out our local swimming pool this week, although I’m ashamed to say I only managed 30 minutes in it before I was thoroughly exhausted and worried that the lanky pre-pubescent life guard on duty would have to dive in and save me.
It was raining & I was in a hurry to get there before the lunchtime swimming session finished, so I ended up taking the car. I was annoyed with myself about that as if I’d walked there and back I’d have totted up another 50 minutes of exercise. Another problem I found was fitting in the swimming around my mealtimes. The pool session times for adults are 12-1.30pm and 6-7.30pm. I decided to go at lunchtime as I was busy in the evening, but I’ve always found exercising at lunchtime difficult because I’m usually famished by then. Of course, I was starving by the time I’d finished and ended up bolted my lunch and giving myself indigestion for the rest of the day, so I might try the evening session instead in future.
On the outside the pool didn’t look too impressive. Paint was peeling off the exterior and a group of yobs were hanging about by the entrance smoking. But luckily the inside was much more inviting and the pool itself was surprisingly pleasant. It cost £4 for one session though, plus I had to pay a non-refundable 20p for a locker, which then swallowed another 40p when I made the mistake of opening it to retrieve something. And as I only managed 30 minutes in the pool I think £4.60 might not be terribly frugal. However, I could buy a month’s discount card for £16 (£12 for concessions) which would give me 5 swims – so one free. What put me off a bit, though, was that all the preparation time spent getting changed, showering before I went in the pool and then showering again when I got out was longer than the actual time I spent swimming!
Walking – which is blissfully free! – has proved more of a success, though. I walked for 40 minutes to choir and back on Tuesday night, borrowed my neighbour’s dogs Arty & Nessie on Wednesday night and walked them for half an hour, then on Thursday I totted up an hour and half of pounding the pavement walking to the station and then onwards from Liverpool St to meet my friend. Funnily enough, I got slightly lost and as I stood trying to make sense of my map a Japanese businessman approached and offered me directions. He insisted on guiding me to my destination! What a lovely guy, but slightly embarrassing for a former Londoner!
On Friday DJ stole the car to go to a work golf tournament and as I walked twice into town I totted up another hour an a half of walking by the end of the day! Next week I will be braving the gym, though, and trying out a free three day pass to see if it’s worth joining. Have a great weekend, Piper xxx
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