Weekend Athletes.

I was inspired to suggest this post for Shackman’s and my 2 on 1 weekly Friday post on the same topic after I had published Retirement 2 on my blog.

It is not as though weekend athletic activity is something new that has just caught on with the younger corporate crowd. We had such activities too in our working days. Golfing, sailing, cricket, tennis, billiards, bridge, etc were all part of our weekend lives.
My readers know that in the early mornings I sit with my mug of tea in my verandah abutting our garden. From where I sit I can get partial view of the road just outside our compound behind the picket fence that you see in this photograph.  Many walkers and joggers who know me greet me as they pass by.

On weekends, both on Saturdays and Sundays and on all public holidays, the number of joggers shoot up sharply and on some days, large groups jog with motorcycle/scooter born cheer leaders egging them on.  Sometimes, the numbers are so large that the parade to stop can take up to half an hour!

I call these holiday joggers weekend athletes as I do not see them on other days.  They may well be jogging somewhere else on other days but, on holidays the groups who run outside my home do not put in an appearance there on week days.

I am neither a weekend nor a week day athlete! During my working days, till my hips gave way, I was a weekend athlete playing golf and /or tennis on Saturdays and Sundays as well as swimming a few lengths of whichever club swimming pool that I was a member of at that time.  During weekdays, I had to satisfy myself with just the yogabhyas at home every morning and I really used to look forward to the weekends for the golf, tennis and swim.

Those activities came to a stop in 1981 and I had to satisfy myself with yogabhyas, and the club’s gym facilities for those exercises that I was allowed.  I however used to love the post exercise sauna and shower.  Since my late wife took ill and I had to assume caretaker duties all those also stopped and I never went back to them after her death.   I now restrict my exercises to just the morning yogabhyas.

Many of my friends even now play weekend golf and the retired ones among them play more during week days as they can afford to!  I sometimes go and sit at the cafe in the club and read books or magazines while I wait for them.  None of them jog!

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14 Responses to Weekend Athletes.

  1. Diane Dahli says:

    It reflects a healthy attitude to accept what we cannot do and restrict ourselves to what we can do as we age. You have accomplished that, as have I. I don’t practice Yoga, as you do, but I do work out at my gym three or four times a week. That activity, and the long walks I take, keep me well physically and mentally. I don’t yearn for the things I can no longer do—those days are gone! So glad you are dedicated to Yoga. In my view, it’s one of the healthiest activities you can do!

  2. shackman says:

    I crewed on a sailboat in Marina del Rey when I lived in the LA area. For some reason unbeknownst to me sailing becomes like a religion to a large percentage of its participants. It never caught my fancy – just a fun reason to drink beer and have fun with some of the guys at work. It was a New Zealand 37-ft boat. this was another fun topoic.

  3. tammy j says:

    practicing yoga daily helped me throughout all the past years. I gave it up for awhile. by then the malignant hypertension had taken hold and I had to give up some of the inverted asanas. my BP is showing signs of finally getting better.
    perhaps due to the ‘other’ practice! that of which is merely relaxing and meditating. the Marine swears by all forms of exercise. he thinks it’s the key to life. and judging by the shape he’s in I guess I can’t argue!

    • The Marine’s view is very understandable but, it is for people who from childhood have lived without health problems. As you would have read in my post, I was very active till my hips gave way and after that had to restrict my activities. We have to adjust to our realities.

  4. and then there are Weekend Warriors – be it sport, a full day in the garden, building that treehouse, fixing the shelves collapsing in the living room – who by the time they return to work on Monday are sporting not just abundant health – but band-aids by the mile; a stretched muscle or two, and heaven forbid ‘off work’ with a major injury, caused by who knows what!
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  5. nick says:

    I don’t have any weekend sporting activities, but I walk for at least half an hour every day. That seems to be enough to keep me healthy. If there was a nearby swimming pool I would swim regularly, but the nearest swimming pool is some distance away.

    • Half an hour’s walking every day is a very good regime as all doctors advice. Till my COPD caught up with me, I used to walk every evening for half an hour and on some evenings more. I would like to swim too but even that is now beyond my capabilities. I have adjusted to my limitations.

  6. Joared says:

    I practiced yoga years ago coincidentally when I was pregnant for my second child. Was amazed at how relaxing and refreshing it was. Wish I had kept it up as a regular habit. Midlife I biked regularly. Subsequently have gotten away from regular structured activity. Recall a family friend who lived independently to 103. As her physical health altered she adjusted — ultimately with her walker she walked around the rectangular edges of her patio a pre-determined number of times equal to a certain distance she once took on long walks.

    • I have known some senior citizens who have walked inside their homes for exercise as going out would have meant risk of falling and fractures. My late father did that within our home.

  7. I still have my ski gear in the garage but am not sure I’ll ever use it again. And I’ve lost my taste for running. But I am eager to get back out for long walks.

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