Alice discovers outdoors pursuits

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It seems that Cricket is the quintessential summer sports of the English.  I had some lovely weekends at the cricket field myself with my Aunt Madge and Uncle David when I stayed with them in Windlesham, as they have a long family tradition of playing in and attending matches.  Picnics with strawberries and whipped cream certainly had me won over.  I can remember playing cricket when I was at primary school and thoroughly enjoying batting, but I couldn’t stand fielding.  But I haven’t played Cricket since then.  Instead I’ve tried rowing for short stints.  I’m not sure if I will get back into rowing again, the water here in the rivers are so brown that it is very off putting.  But I do miss it a lot, as I am a huge fan of watersports.

I had joined the gym again.  Yes, again!  But I’ve lost my membership card so am still looking for that.  If I can’t find it soon I will need to go in and request a replacement card.  In the meantime I am trying to do a bit of walking.  Its been raining here a lot though that hasn’t helped.  So I’ve been thinking of other ways to exercise, that is, apart from housework of course!  Yesterday I started doing Pilates again, the first time in ages!  I used to attend Pilates classes in Bedford with a teacher called Stephanie.  She was excellent.  But now I have a whole bag full of DVDs from WinsorPilates and a circle thing, a mat, and those rubber band things for resistance.  I did the 20 minute work out yesterday, but by the evening, my body was very sore and tired and I just couldn’t do any more exercise.  I found it difficult getting up today as well, so I think that Pilates really did me in!  However, I will not let that put me off, however I have taken a day of rest today, and am feeling refreshed today.  Tomorrow the plan is to wake up early so I can do some more pilates.

I’ve been feeling rather tired lately and quite sore, so I realised that must be a sign that I need to get back into an exercise routine.  A friend of mine, who knew I was looking for some sort of exercise to do, handed me a brochure yesterday from the BritMilFit, which is British Military Fitness.  The current or ex-military people run fitness classes throughout the UK in the parks.  So that certainly sounds more appealing than being stuck inside a stuffy gym.  The tourist information centres apparently have leaflets there that entitle people to one free class.  At first thought, I imagined it would be out of the question for me as it would be too difficult.  However, I learnt that they offer three different options – beginners, intermediate and advanced.  So the beginners class looks like an interesting option.

Published by Alice Letts

Online training for parents and children. Online piano and music tutoring. Online tutoring for English as a Second Language (ESOL) with an emphasis on pronunciation. Online meditation coaching for parents and how to incorporate meditation into daily family life.

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