Exercise is a strange phenomenon. It is all wrong. Aerobic activity does things that causes our physical and mental being stress. How hideous!

Everything else we do in life is about less stress. How can I make things more efficient so I don’t have to work so hard and I can get more rest? At my age, beauty sleep is not just important -” it is crucial -” for I have to grace the streets outside my home, and having children flee into the nearest safe house at the sight of me is far from ideal.

My body is good. It doesn’t like sleep -” there are too many things to be done and not missed out on, in life, work or play. When I sleep, I have a boyfriend who spreads malicious rumours that I snore. In the morning the whining begins -” it was so loud-¦ yadah, yadah, yadah. Really! How could that be? I never heard a thing.

Now we are into flu season, things will get tougher still. Harder to rise in the cold, dark mornings; harder to get a rise in the cold dark mornings. So it’s out to play or exercise anyway.

Those small pesky viruses, however, have learnt they can best help themselves by setting up lodgings in our hearts.

Sorry if I am suddenly sounding very -˜born again Christian’; but here is an important truth.

When viruses such as colds and flu meet up with their new host, they move in faster than a lesbian on a second date, and head straight for the heart. Remaining in coronary tissues, engorged with blood and close to all things warm, they hang around well after the sniffling, feeling sorry for oneself, aching,and fevers have departed.

Hard physical aerobic exertion before the heart muscle is free of the guests can leave the host -” you and me -” afflicted with a serious case of sudden death.

Age and fitness levels play little role in these circumstances. It is the only real reason we should back off exercise in winter. Everything else that tastes good or is full of fat, needs to be washed down with alcohol and worked off at the gym or on Sydney’s sports fields.

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