I hate football. I mean I really hate football. I have memories of P.E at school when it was forced upon us girls. I would wipe the ball clean before I would touch it and would be more concerned about my nails than taking part in what I considered to be exercise hell!
After a while, the school teacher gave up on attempting to educate me and left me to it. So along with a few other girls we would pretend to take part from the side and then clear off as soon as the final whistle went.
The same thing happened when rugby became the sport of choice, then again with all the other male led sports that were really not for me.
I took great offence to the fact that the girls were expected to take part in football, yet there was never any opportunity for mixed netball. I wonder if there had been what the boys’ reaction would have been???
It did bring me back to the point that very few of us like every sport on the planet. And it would be rather boring if we were all the same. What is also brilliant is that we all have a sport that we are naturally gifted at and should enjoy it to the max as part of our fitness plans.
Take me as an example:
I have no co-ordination whatsoever so even if I had liked football I would never have even got it kicked, let alone in the net! The same can be said for a whole variety of sports. Oh and I was always the last picked for badminton as I couldn’t even hit it. (though I did try!)
But put me in a swimming pool and I am like a fish. I was born to me in the swimming pool and enjoy swimming that much that I often totally forget that I am in the water.
I remember when my mum taught me to swim when I was 7, she dedicated about two hours to it and then I was off. A bit like a toddler when they first start to walk and there was no stopping me. Two weeks later we were on our annual family holiday in The Gambia and I spent a full week just swimming in the large pool. My mum would drag me out from time to time to make sure my dehydration was not too bad – but apart from that I saw the entire time. I practiced and I got better and better at it!
And from that moment on swimming has been my vice! Then come summer in Portugal that’s all I will be doing.
Then you take an hour swimming and often (especially considering my BMI) I will easily burn 2000 calories in one day by the pool! Even with having a burger and some chips I will still have burnt quite a few calories and remember that it is still considered a low impact exercise.
Here is another example of the benefits of swimming:
But its all about finding your vice, something you are good at but also enjoy. Something that chills you out and helps you with your healthy lifestyle. We all have something and most of us just end up in the gym and then give it up after a while because its boring. But what if you actually found something that you enjoy? You might actually stick to it in the long term and get all the benefits that exercise brings you!
Here is a big thumbs up to this summer and getting back in the pool, which the sunshine on my back!