We’ve recently joined a fitness centre whose motto is “Life. Be fit for it”. I totally love it as I already tend to answer questions of “What are you training for?” when people see me in my running or Crossfit gear with: “Life!”.
I am the happiest and feel the best in my skin when I move a lot. I am postponing re-learning to drive again with the excuse of then running the risk of becoming lazy and not walking everywhere anymore ;)
We got a family membership to that centre with the great motto to enable everyone to move more – my mother now goes swimming on most days after she drops the boys off, she takes the 4-year old swimming on Fridays as he finishes at 12:30 on those days, the whole family goes swimming on Saturday and Sunday nights, I have been going swimming on Wednesdays and Sunday mornings and once I tried out the gym and did hill repeats on a ‘dread’mill.
The boys totally love it, the 4-year old has learned to swim unaided in the last 2 weeks. The 8-year old gets to practice his swimming in a nice warm environment – they go swimming at school every week but he says that pool is freezing and he isn’t enjoying it that much.
I have done three long swimming sessions on my own now and after plucking up the courage to put on a pair of goggles and put my head under water, swimming is actually kind of fun. An hour passes by and I could keep going back and forth, back and forth. It’s like some kind of repetitive meditation. I find now that as soon as I open the door to the swimming pool, the smell of the water switches on the happy switch in my head.
So I spend a lot of my time either running or at Crossfit or at yoga or now swimming but somehow I don’t feel like I need to justify myself for doing those things – they make me happy and when I’m 80 I’m pretty sure I am not going to look back at my life and think “I should have worked 5 days a week and not 4.” or “I should have cleaned my house a bit more.”
Life. Be fit for it. AND have fun while doing it!