Sports: hell no or yes please? That’s the question I talk about in this article, because it seems an obvious thing to think about nowadays. Everybody seems to have an opinion about whether you should be physically active or not. People also seem to talk a lot about about a healthy lifestyle and losing weight. Most people seem to agree going to the gym is a definate must. But, does going to the gym really make you happy? Do you go because you think it’s fun and you really want to go or because you feel like you have to (for example to lose weight)?
When I was younger I didn’t like sports
Back in the days, when I was 12 or 13 years young, I loved horse riding and gymnastics. During secondary school I started to hate sports. Especially the physical education classes at school, which always meant playing volleyball (the teacher seemed to really like the popular girls so he always agreed with their choice. Weird, right?). Luckily my general practicioner wrote me a note for school to explain due to personal matters I couldn’t join these classes. Such a relief!
Around the time I turned 18 years old, I moved out of my parents house to live and study in Groningen. The sports matter came up again and I started dragging myself to the gym once in a while. But I just didn’t find a way to constructively make sports a part of my life. Why not? Well that’s the question. Everybody seemed to think going to the gym was really important. Did I just act up? Of did I go about it all wrong?
An active life contributes to your health
That little voice in my head, saying I HAVE to go to the gym, is still there and I still don’t like that feeling. But, active and healthy ageing is something I really want. Feeling energized, healthy and strong is one of my priorities nowadays. I’m pretty sure most people want to feel that way, right? The question is how do you accomplish that feeling, how do you stay strong, healthy and energized? I’m convinced maintaining an active lifestyle is crucial. Sports or going to the gym will definately contribute to that. It can create stronger muscles and bones and a better physical fitness. Also physical effort and relaxing is important for a good sleep. And everything together is important for your health and energy level.
Am I really a fitgirl, like Janet says?
Everybody who knows me now, will probably think I’m a huge sports fan. Do I go to the gym or take classes a lot? Yes, in the eyes of others I probably do. For me personally it’s different. Sports never had anything to do with having fun and that’s what has completely changed now. I only do things I really like. Attending Pinkboxing and aerial yoga classes make me feel really energized. I love these classes and I’d rather not skip any if not necessary. Not because I think I have to go, but because I really want to go. And to me that’s the secret: finding something you really like doing and what makes you happy. That way, sports will become a hobby instead of something you think you have to do. And then it’s not about hanging in there, but about having fun.
How do you discover which sports you like?
How do you discover which kind of sport suits you and what makes you happy? Well, for example the Pinkboxing classes took me by suprise. About 2 years ago I decided I had to do something alone, without people I already knew. And it had to be something I thought I would never ever like doing. Out of my comfort zone. Then an ad about Pinkboxing popped up online. So not my cup of tea, boxing, really… So I subscribed for a trial class. After that class I was completely exhausted, but, after about half an hour I realised I loved that boxing class. I bought a subscription, a pair of boxing gloves and I’ve been attending classes ever since (at first once a week, and now often twice a week).
One of my co-workers convinced me to join a pole sports trial course. She said: “You have to come with us and try, it’s only 4 classes, an introduction. If you don’t like it, you can quit. And we will have fun anyway, right?!” So I gave it a go and had a lot of fun. But, I just didn’t feel enthusiastic about it. And that was ok. Not everything you try has to be great. Just keep on trying new things and you will discover what really makes you happy.
Working out has become a hobby
To me sports became a hobby these past 2 years, something I really love doing. And believe me, nobody is more surprised than I am. Janet often says I turned into some kind of “fitgirl”. And maybe that’s partially true: I love attending pinkboxing and aerial yoga classes. Just find something that works for you, what makes you happy and makes you feel energized. Then maybe sports will become your hobby too, instead of something you think you have to do.
What about you? Do you live an active life and did you already discover how to stay healthy and strong? What kind of sports would you recommend me or other readers to try?
Aerial yoga pics: all credits go to Nanik. You can find her on instagram: @nanikvanwillegen