I grew up playing around a lot in some small coastal town. Naturally running around , chasing each other was part of the lifestyle . My favorite thing to look forward to back then was playing at home with our neighbors or those school physical fitness classes.
Fast forward a couple of years later and I found myself being that adolescent trying to grow a booty and avoiding sports because it ‘wasn’t cool’ . So original-I know!
Fortunately this phase never really lasted long because all work an no play….probably equals a boring, unsatisfying plain life.
I got back into fitness and enjoying life thanks to running short races, playing tennis and swimming competitively. The balance was great and my body was healthy as could be. I was happy.
The problem with being immersed in such a school system is once you leave it, its difficult to find and join sports teams that fit with your fitness enthusiasms.
All I could keep up with at the time was working out in the gym and running outdoors each week. It got boring.
The important thing with fitness goals I hadn’t embraced then, was to live in that moment. Id always been one to push myself because hitting that goal was the big shiny reward, but Ohhh how wrong I was! You see, I failed to listen to my body and suffered injuries as a result. Always try To feel every breath and consciously be aware of each movement your body makes as you make it. This is how to become better than you were yesterday. (Had I learned this sooner I would have avoided running and Hiking injuries that chose to stick around. )
A quick glance at present-day life and I am still happily enjoying running my ass around first thing in the morning. And yes! my stubborn self now listens to my body -we correlate like that- so even though I get up to run every morning (weekdays usually) I make sure the focus is on the process. I tone things down a bit where my body signals unusual pain. And I rest even when I don’t want to . I’ve found more satisfaction and rewards from this.