When I was little I was a very active child. I had one friend in particular who loved to "chill out" and take naps in the afternoon. Much as I liked this girl, I had no patience for TV, sitting around etc. I was always biking riding, rollerblading and running around outside. My family was also very active. We took bikes on vacation and even though my dad claims he had to drag me down the bike path at times, we went for some pretty long bike rides. All of us were also involved in soccer, ice skating, and all sorts of different sports when we were young. Over the years I have participated in organized versions of the following sports: ballet, gymnastics, soccer, figure skating, basketball, softball, modern dance, ice hockey, tennis, swim team and golf lessons. I was never particularly great at any of these things (better that some more than others haha), probably because I was focused on too many different things and never put a ton of effort into any one place.
There was a point though when I got kind of sick of all the active things and just kind of wanted to hang out with my friends and relax (sometime around middle school/early high school). I remember I told my family I was born into the wrong family because everyone in mind like to do too much! My dad told one of his friends who said later on I would realize I was actually born into the right family (meaning, thats a good way to be!). It was towards the end of high school that I got more into going to the gym and working out. By then I didn't play any more organized sports and I needed to be active in some way. While I did work out fairly often in college (and particularly when I was studying abroad in Australia- thank god because I was eating TERRIBLY), I was never in a great routine with the gym/working out until after college.
As an adult I have come to truly enjoy being active and healthy. I find it difficult to go a long time without working out even when I am busy or I have an injury. I know a lot of adults find it hard to stay active without organized sports, but I actually prefer it. I am very self motivated and I don't like to be on a schedule of a team, and have the pressure of being good for the team. If I have a bad run, or can only spend 15 minutes of the elliptical, the only person who is affected is myself and I don't mind :) I am more competitive than I'd like to admit but not quite competitive enough to put the effort into team sports. I like to have my own accomplishments like my 5k and the triathlon. I do better with something to train for or some kind of goal to reach, but I am currently struggling with what I can do because my knee is still really bothering me despite direct following of the doctors orders. I do really enjoy working out now, and make it a big priority in my life. I guess I was born into the right family after all!
I have a close friend who is very active herself. She loves team sports and plays on a couple of different adult teams. She also works out herself. Her family is not active at all and she is always trying to encourage them to do healthy and active things. I wonder how she became so active without the role models that I had, but I'm glad she did! What about you, did your family encourage being active when you were child? Were you always involved in one sport or another? How has that shaped your lifestyle now? If you have kids, how are you attempting to pass on your active lifestyle?