Category Archives: Exercise & health

Parks & Recreation (Ayios Demetrios Park)


I don’t miss London life for the most part. I only spent my university years there and after i left, i honestly never looked back. The city life does not suit me. However, i did love the parks whether it was for playing football, jogging, walking and of course book reading.

This is something I’ve missed since coming back to Nicosia. Of course a lot have changed since then in this small and ugly miniature of a city. I’m fortunate enough to now live close to multiple small sized, green areas that litter Nicosia.

I will be posting about Nicosia’s parks every now and then (basically until i get bored or forget).

Let’s start with the one i most recently visited.

The Park of Saint Demetrios (Ayiou Demetriou) which is situated behind Makarios Hospital and the Municipality Sports Center of Strovolos.

This is actually a bigger and more organised park than i had realised. Unfortunately (or fortunately if you have children) it has a playground and a cafeteria but it also has benches (with backs!) scattered around the park. It has a enough thick foliage so that you can sit in the shade and is large enough to remain relatively isolated from most walkers, runners and cyclists.

Anyway, depending on the weather the park provides a good alternative to the air-conditioned (one hopes) Nicosia coffee shops.

Here are a few photos. I will post a greater variety of photos at a later date. Again, i might not…..

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Exercise diary (2)

I’m slowly getting back to physical activity.

The last 2 Sundays i went cycling with a friend and at a level that seems more suited to what i can do now and less likely to cause pain during and after.

Around 45-55 mins of mostly flat road and cycling routes but with some off road as well to break up the monotony.

I’ve also been doing some basic exercises at home. Stretching, push ups etc. I am only doing these once a week because frankly they are boring. But once a week is tolerable.

Finally, physical therapy, again once a week is helping me more than i expected. Especially after the Sunday bike ride.

It’s not ideal, but it’s start.

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Posted by on February 27, 2013 in Antidote, Exercise & health


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Exercise diary (1)

On Sunday, i went biking with a friend to the Athalassa park.

It was a fantastic day, cold,but not too cold and sunny. It was the kind of day i wanted 4-5 years ago when i was really at it. This time it was much calmer, easy going.

We biked for around 50mins which is not much but i struggled and felt pain in my right leg. It was the same pain that was at the initial stages 5 years ago. So, i am not too optimistic i can go back to it at all.

However, i loved the fact that we were out and about on a day like that. I need to find some outdoor sports or physical activities that take advantage of days like these.

If i feel the pain go away in the next couple of days i plan to go again this Sunday. Maybe take it easier as well i.e. more flat road and 30-40mins max. I will be keeping diary exercise records like this one which hopefully will motivate me.

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Posted by on January 21, 2013 in Antidote, Exercise & health



Inversely correlated

For the past couple of weeks i have not come up with much to write about. When i say “much” i basically mean nothing apart from an easy going challenge for the “Try Something New for 30 Days” adventure (now listening to awesome classical solo piano music), some quotes and recommended articles here and there. Nothing that comes directly from me.

I have come to realise that when mood and health are improving my “creative” ability goes AWOL. On the contrary, feeling blue and in pain gives it the fuel it needs. If only i was a philosopher, writer or something along those lines. Maybe i would try and keep myself in the abyss for longer.


Posted by on January 21, 2013 in Antidote, Exercise & health


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Today feels too much like yesterday

I need. No. I want to add some variety in my life. Today seems too similar to yesterday all too often these days. In this struggle against the sameness of life and also my fear of trying out new things I’ve been looking for inspiration. I think i may have found it in Matt Cutts and his “Try something new for 30 days” TED talk which you can watch here.

“The next 30 days are going to pass whether you like it or not, so why not think about something you have always wanted to try and give it a shot for the next 30 days?”

I have a few ideas already. Some of them will remain just ideas in my head. But others can be pursued further. Included in this list are self-discipline challenges i.e. depriving myself of something. However, this comes relatively easy to me. I would prefer to get out of my comfort zone AND do something positive in the process. Ideally, something creative or a community contribution. Whatever the case, i am good with anything that will lift my spirits up. At the end of the day all i am looking for are ideas which will encourage me to see life in a different light and allow some experimentation with everyday life.

“It doesn’t need to be anything huge, either. Something small is easily sustainable, and can still help make your time more memorable, and even help you learn a thing or two about yourself”

Below are the ideas I’ve come up with myself and also found on other blogs. I am looking for more so i am open to suggestions!

Try Something New for 30 Days – Ideas

  • Write a novel
  • Design a board game
  • Don’t eat meat
  • Teach something new to someone every day
  • Have a conversation every day with someone i rarely speak to
  • No news
  • Learn a language as much as possible
  • No sending txts
  • No TV
  • Make a list of things i am thankful for. 1/day.
  • Make a list of things i am proud of. 1/day
  • Meditate for 10-20 mins/day
  • No social media
  • Read a short story every day
  • No smartphone
  • Go left handed
  • No caffeine
  • Listen to a random/new song. 1/day.
  • Read a random blog post every day.
  • Take a picture every day.
  • No complaining.
  • Learn as much as possible about a specific subject/event/person etc
  • 30-45 mins walk every day
  • Swimming every day

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National Guard reserves – discharged!

Yeap, I forgot to post this on Friday.

I got discharged from the army for medical reasons. Finally. Something positive came out of my arthritis. The joy was not immediate but when I found my army uniform in the closet over the weekend and realised that i won’t be needing it anymore, I smiled. So, barring another invasion, my army life has now reached its end.

A civilian 24/7, 365 days a year. Heh, there goes another smile now.

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Posted by on September 17, 2012 in Antidote, Exercise & health



It’s the alcohol stupid

Old and regular readers of the blog know that I am currently taking medication which affects the liver. One of my new year’s resolutions was to limit my drinking as per my doctor’s recommendation. After some stomach problems i decided to stay completely sombre. I haven’t had a single drop of alcohol for 4 months now.

Then came the Euro and i am talking about the football! To me Euro tournaments always meant beer, snacks and more beer. So i decided to get some non-alcoholic beers to join my friends in the beer drinking while watching the games.

I tried 4 different brands of lager and all of them were quite refreshing and tasty. Two of these brands i never drank the alcoholic version so there was no way for me to tell the difference.

But while drinking i thought “what’s the point?”. I could not see why i should not drink something else instead, say ice tea or coffee, or juice. And i could not find an answer. Because maybe there is no point in drinking non-alcoholic beer.

And it’s not just beer. Now I don’t think i would even drink whiskey if it was non-alcoholic. Even if the taste was the same. I do enjoy the taste but at the end of the day that’s not why i am drinking it. It’s the alcohol i desire in all these drinks and without the alcohol these look pointless in my eyes.

Of course one could say the same thing about de-caffeinated drinks like tea and coffee which i do drink. Is there a difference between caffeine and alcohol then? Hmmm..


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