I'm led to believe that there are people who really enjoy exercise. Who actually look forward to it, in fact are addicted to it. I am not one of them. Dance is my exercise of choice because it is so fun I don't really notice I'm exercising at all. But at the moment I'm only managing one dance class a week and if I intend to keep up my chocolate intake (which I sincerely intend to do) other exercise is required.
I also understand that there are some people who leap out of bed early in the morning full of joie de vivre. Again I am not one of them. I eye my alarm with a mixture of horror and loathing as cheery breakfast radio announcers spring to life. Inevitably I spend at least 5 minutes contemplating excuses as to why I can just have a lie in. How really I don't need to get up. My knee/back/neck hurts. It is probably too cold/dark./scary outside. But eventually reality wins out, I lever myself out of bed, put on my walking shoes and head out for a solid 20 minutes hard work.
Some people report a feeling of euphoria after they have exercised. They talk about how great they feel, fighting fit and ready to face the day. The best I can say is that I feel awake, ready for a shower and later in the day, completely deserving of my post lunch chocolate hit.
However despite my grumble bum attitude to early morning walks, there are a few things that I really do enjoy about being up that early. I get to see the sun rise, lighting tiny droplets of dew on the grass like a million fairy decorations. The world has a still quiet, calm, stillness to it. The air is cool and fresh and delicious. Sleepy animals, kangaroos, cows, birds, the occasional rabbit, poke their heads up to watch me march by. The few people I pass say hello, but mostly it is just me and the rhythm of my footsteps. It is a quiet time, a peaceful time, almost like meditation and despite my initial early morning bad mood, I do finish my walk feeling calmer and more centered.
And then of course there are those blissful mornings when I wake up to rain - no one could possibly expect me to go for a walk in the rain could they?