Like I remember the time when I bought these track pants: it was right before enrolling at the gym – the first time in my life. Must have been in 2007, when I was already four years working.
Am sure I’m not only one who does it not just for health reasons. Come on, come clean. For me? It was mainly so that my clothes would fit better.
So there. I kid you not, I couldn’t care less about attracting a potential date. Or bulking just so I could remove my shirt at the beach.
I actually enjoy the endorphins. I rarely talk to anyone.
There would be rare nods. Or forced grunts.
I don’t even feel any embarrassment when people I don’t recognize would tap me on the back or call my name.
I’d just smile. Then walk away.
What can I say? Exercising is something I like doing in a solitary way, even if I’m surrounded by other people.
If there was a track or a decent trail nearby, I would run. Without any music or the usual runners’ mantras.
Come to think of it, isn’t it neat, the idiom “jog your memory”?
Because jogging, running, or even brisk walking can help you remember things.
I guess, yeah, to de-stress. But more to clear my mind.
When I’m running longer distances, even on the treadmill, I imagine myself one with the light that skims the horizon.
Invariably, I also think of going down, deeper into the ocean.
Where light becomes sound.
Where echoes are indecipherable.
It’s like daydreaming, but with a purpose.
Lifting weights is more challenging, because I don’t like facing the mirror.
Once I’m confident with the correct form, muscle is the medium of that which flows.
It is not rare that, half-entranced, I sense the flicker of an idea.
That’s the main reason why I have my phone with me. To take down notes.
But during ordinary days, I just track the time.
The seconds and the minutes between rest and exertion.
Cracking my joints and knuckles. Or burping (excuse me) to release air that needs to escape.
The best times aren’t in the steam room, or even under a cold shower. I assure you, not even when I am shirtless and find myself before the mirror.
The best time is after exercise, when I am full of energy and ready for my cup of coffee. That is when my stretch of sky or sheet of dark is ready to be written on.