To maintain one’s health, vigor, spirits and sex appeal, one should exercise regularly.
There is a big problem with this, however.
Exercise is SOOOO BORING!!!
If you choose to exercise by walking an hour a day, you walk the same route each day and eventually you get to know the plants, leaves and insects.
If you choose to run, swim or push weights, those exercises are repetitive and every time you do them, you perform substantially the same movements. If you are like me, you would scream of boredom within few days.
Competitive sport such as volleyball or basketball is always interesting. However, it requires the commitment of a group of people to meet few times a week. After one finishes one’s academic studies, such groups vanish into the thin mists of diversified jobs, family attractions, and varied volunteer obligations.
My parents found a solution to the problem of exercise boredom. The solution requires one to have a car and recommends that one live in or a near a big city with a lot of history and sights. Such as Jerusalem.
The idea is to drive by car each time to a different part of the city in question. Then park the car and walk in that part of the city for an hour. There are multiple benefits: exercise, no boredom, getting to know different parts of the city, cultivation of the ability to perform as a tour guide should this be necessary, knowing one’s way around the city should it ever be necessary to find some obscure address.
Yesterday I joined my parents in a tour of Beit Hakerem. My father showed me the pension (now hotel) where he recovered from the gunshot injury which he had during the 1948 War of Independence. We walked through a street which is too narrow for cars. The area was full of green and there were colors of flowers here and there. My mother told me that her father (my grandfather) worked also there as a construction worker when he was young. We know some people who live there. But yesterday did not get to see any of them.