I used to have a really healthy routine every day. I would get up and do some quick work, then go swimming daily (weekdays). It was really good for my health. Not only did I gain more strength through the exercise I gained from regular swimming, the exercise from the swimming also made me lose weight. Additionally, the person that I swam with was overweight, so we kind of pushed each other toward better eating habits, and also continuing to exercise. I maintained this habit for about 5 years, 5 days per week. It had a great impact on my life.
About a year and a half ago, my friend and I sort of went different ways with our lives for a while, and got out of the habit of swimming together. It was a big loss for me, because I got more into the habit of staying home and working on my computer, and doing less exercise. I gained a little weight in that time too, although not too much, thankfully. I kept wanting to get back into the routine, but exercise like that is easier to do if you have a buddy that you are doing it with. Well, thankfully, right after New Year Day, my friend and I got back in touch, and we have re-established our exercise routine. It’s really been great to get back to swimming, exercise, and the friendship that I have missed during this time.
In addition to the swimming, I have now gotten into the routine that I walk from my house to the Health Club every day. It’s not too far, takes about 15 minutes to walk it, but it is just an added bit of exercise that combines nicely with the swimming.
One reason why I mention this is that during my morning walks to the Health Club, I have started meeting a number of Filipinos along the way, and have established friendships with them to some extent. It seems that if you walk the same route day after day at the same time, you pretty much see the same people along the route most every day. The same guy will be out there watering his flowers, or washing his Jeepney. It started out that I would always say good morning to them (in Bisaya). Remember, a while back AmericanLola wrote a column about how important it is to say “Good Morning” to people here? Well, over the weeks that I have been walking the route and speaking to all the people I see along the way, people have become friendlier and friendlier with me! It seems almost like some of the people are waiting for me to come by every morning now! You know what is funny too? As I said, when I speak to them I always speak Bisaya, I figure it’s a good way to practice the language. Funny thing is, they generally speak to me in English! Maybe they consider it their way of practicing English, I am not sure.
Anyway, I am enjoying getting back into this routine again, and the added walking makes it even better than before. It’s a chance to talk with my friend, swim, exercise, get a workout, and practice my Bisaya! How could I go wrong?