After years of feeling like a serial failure, sporadically taking up/giving up running, swimming, cycling, yoga, weight training, circuit training, and just about any other type of training you can think of, I have finally realised that I am a ‘seasonal’ exerciser.
By ‘seasonal’, I don’t mean I only don my trainers when the sun is shining. I mean my exercise ‘needs’ change with the seasons. It’s the same with my hair and clothes: I embrace floaty fabrics and highlights in the summer months, before chopping and colouring my hair into a suitably neat and school-like do to match my autumnal penchant for tweedy tailoring and stationary supplies.
Then in December, I get the overwhelming urge to start kitting myself out in Dickensian skirt/boots ensembles in time for Christmas! In the same way, I seem to embrace different ways of looking after my body at different times of the year.
* In the summer, I love to swim – whether it be at the beach or the leisure centre, I will take any opportunity to get in the water. I also love to go cycling on local trails with the family in tow and the sun on my back.
* Come the autumn, as the days turn cooler and that back-to-school feeling arrives, I am ready for the regimented, rhythmical satisfaction I get from running.
* As Christmas approaches, I am usually ready for a break, so I hibernate with the family, eating chocolate, watching films and taking the odd country stroll.