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We need to exercise some consideration

By Funda Gumush

As the weather warms up, hands up how many of you are panicking, wondering how you’ll wear that cozzie that you’d bought in the sales last year?

Neon pink sounded really good at the time when you still had a glowing tan; now, however, not so much, as you picture yourself standing out on the beach, white as chalk and easy to spot with that bright, glowing bikini!

I bet you’re thinking of hunting down that eagerly enthusiastic saleswoman who told you how amazing you would look by the sea…

As if that wasn’t bad enough, you seem to have made friends with a few extra kilos to boot! They visited you over Christmas and the pesky buggers have outstayed their welcome…  Ah yes, those were the days when hot chocolate fitted in with the rainy, windy weather…

Which brings me to the fact that I can’t seem to fit into any of the clothes that show off more than your ankles. A burqa would be great right now!

Well, I decided it was time to do something about it… I wish I had made the decision back in January, but it was too cold and the warmth of my sitting room was much more inviting.

I normally go to spinning classes twice a week, having done so for the past three years. However, my body seems to have got used to it and I felt like my muscles were no longer responding. So, I decided to change it up a little and took up boxing again, as well as walking and running.

The latter pursuits are for the outdoors, so I agreed on an exercise programme with my trainer. However, the last couple of weeks have been a bit more like assault course training than anything else.

Let me explain…

Firstly, there are no pavements to walk on… If you want to go for a good walk, you will have to use the roads. Unfortunately, broken concrete, gaping holes and half-hearted strips on the sides of the road do not constitute a pavement.

If you have personal life insurance, then make sure it’s valid; if not, then get some, because drivers do not like/see/comprehend people walking or running on the sides of the roads!

The ones you need to watch or listen out for are the ones with twin exhausts, which rev up and down the road, making you jump four feet high out of your skin. Now those beauties are a sight! A 2010 model Suzuki Vitz, fitted with neon lights and roaring exhausts!

If it were only cars you had to worry about, then it would be fine.

But during your jog around the block, you are also more than likely to run into every breed of dog imaginable, most of which are not enclosed in gardens, but running freely in the street, and who think it’s a game that you’re running away from them!

As well as such four-legged pals, you also need to avoid their poop! Yes, poop! The lovely people of Cyprus have yet to learn that when you take your pooch for a walk, you need to carry a plastic bag to collect the remnants of that evening’s dinner.

But what really takes the biscuit is the amount of rubbish, broken bottles and construction debris that lies strewn along the streets, which people simply do not dispose of properly.

If everyone took a bit more interest, our surroundings would be more habitable and inviting. And you wouldn’t have to run into others’ lack of consideration whenever you fancied a bit of exercise.

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