I was not at all athletic as a child. While not necessarily the last one picked for a team, I certainly was never the first and I always played tentatively. On a softball team I would move away when the ball was hit in my direction. I wasn’t exactly the Alex Rodriguez of my day.
My biggest athletic pursuit was bowling. Still, I was only mediocre. My little sister was a better bowler than I and so our weekly trip to the bowling alley was met with frustration. I took upon myself the label “non-athletic” and it stuck until my adult years.
What turned things around and gave me back my enthusiasm?? I joined a fitness challenge group and was surrounded by a group of positive people. I started taking pride in the workouts I was able to do rather than focusing on what I couldn’t do. I counted my blessings, looked on the bright side – all those positive platitudes that sound so corny but send powerful messages to your brain It worked. I started feeling like an athlete again. And you know what? My depression started lifting. I carried myself a little taller. I started paying closer attention to my diet. I started getting back to my “racing shape.”
I want YOU to discover your inner athlete. And you have one, whether you know it or not. It doesn’t matter if you walk for fitness, work out to exercise DVD’s, use an elliptical machine or run around after your kids all day. You are an athlete. Think like one. Feel like one. Tap into the energy that knowledge will bring you.
Discover what makes YOU feel like an athlete. Maybe it’s joining a club or group. Maybe it’s having a fitness buddy or joining a challenge group. Maybe it’s racing your kids when you take a family bike ride. Maybe it’s trying a different sport, or tracking your workouts, or trying to push a little harder or with a little more intensity.