我的生活方式不算太健康，雖然我不煙不酒亦不會夜夜笙歌，但我也沒有做太多運動或刻意吃得很健康。多年來我唯一保持練習的只有瑜伽，以及近幾年在英國開始遠足。醫生說這些都不是有氧運動，所以實際上並不會令我更健康。但對於我這個懶人來說，如果它令我保持活躍，及讓我心裡感覺很好，已很足夠 – 至少暫時我還未開始擔心我的健康。
I’m not known for my healthy lifestyle. Well I don’t smoke or drink or party every night, but neither do I do much sports or make a conscious effort to eat healthily. My only form of exercise which I have been doing more or less consistently over the years is yoga, and in more recent years hiking. Neither of these are cardio excercise so they don’t actually improve my health a lot, but for lazy me, if it keeps me on the move and makes me feel better, then its good enough for me – at least for the time being.
After I settled down at Taiwan, one of the first thing I did was to enrol on a yoga class. Initially I was a bit worried as my mandarin was (and still is) pretty rubbish. Most of the time I couldn’t understand the instructions, but having done yoga for quite a long time I could follow most of the poses easily. In fact, it turns out that my yoga classes are very good for learning body parts in mandarin!
Yesterday, I mixed up the timetable and turned up to an aerobic class. I was about to leave, when I though there’s no harm in trying something different. Fifteen minutes into the lesson, I was really regretting my decision. Learning the moves and keeping up with the pace was more difficult than I thought, and I nearly bumped into the others when I couldn’t move fast enough. I kept glancing at the clock in the room and I’m pretty sure time stood still sometime during that sixty minutes as there’s no way a class can last that long.
下課後我要休息超過一小時才可以慢慢復原。其實感覺還是蠻好的, 所以我也為自己做了一個很健康的鮮果沙拉，來結束這極辛苦但健康的一天。今天起床, 我雙腳酸軟無力, 走路也不能快. 有氧運動就到此為止, 我還是繼續練習瑜伽吧!
It took me over an hour to recover yesterday but I did feel quite good afterwards, so good that I made myself a fresh fruit salad to top off a healthy day. This morning when I woke up, my legs were really aching and I could only walk very slowly. I think that’s my cardio exercise done. I’ll stick to yoga in future. Namaste.