Several weeks ago I discussed the topic, 'What is happiness' with 12 other women. To make things more interesting, the chairwoman asked each of us to explain what happiness is to us.
One of my responses was met with astonishment by a few of my companions, admiration by one or two and total bemusement by the rest. What did I say ?
Well, after stating family, health, security etc I added. "Sweating in the gym during a hard workout followed by a long hot shower". I went on to explain that the time I spent at the gym was my time; a time when I wasn't a wife, mother, sibling, daughter, business women etc. I was just me.
I was telling the truth. I love and have always loved exercise. I spent years pounding the pavement during my teens and twenties, when lack of finance made gym membership impossible. I joined a gym after having my son almost 12 years ago and have never looked back.
Sweating in the gym makes me feel alive and healthy. It also gives me a sense of achievement, personal satisfaction as well as the ability to let my mind wonder in ways that just isn't possible elsewhere.
Last night’s Horizon, ‘The Truth About Exercise’ (BBC 2) went against everything I was taught and believe about exercise. During the programme presenter Michael Mosley tested the theory that a few short bursts of intense exercise, amounting to three minutes a week, can deliver many of the health and fitness benefits of hours of conventional exercise.
If '3 minutes a week' is proved to be true; I’m sure that the members of the British public who don’t do the recommended 2 ½ hours a week of conventional exercise (80%), will be ecstatic. For their sake I hope it’s true.
True or not; I for one will not be ditching the gym for a 3 minute sweat-less workout, (which you can do in a suit and remain completely dry) any time soon.