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On Doing What Makes Us Feel Like Kids Again #tbt

Yesterday Sam wrote a serious post about how most of her exercise these days is not fun. And she’s doing it anyway. I felt profound relief when she got to the part where she said she can still ride a bicycle (the thing that most makes her go “wheeee!”) and lift weights.

It made me reflect a bit on my own activities and how my definition of “fun” has changed from “fun” to “challenging with a bit of fun thrown in.” In honor of spring, I thought I’d repost something from my swimming days about doing these that make us feel like kids again. Lately for me that hasn’t been swimming (not fitting into my plans these days), but rather colouring books (the ones for adults) and photography (SO much fun). But even those don’t quite reach the fun level of the little swim sprint races I describe in this post.

Have you had any kid-like fun lately?

FIT IS A FEMINIST ISSUE

three children under water swimming, smiling.

The other morning at the end of a 6 a.m. training session in the pool, the coach told us to swim down to the flags about 3/4 of the way to the other side of the 25m pool.  The point: to do group sprints from there back to the end of the pool, about 20m.

When the four of us in my lane got to the flags, we treaded water waiting for her countdown.  Three, two, one…GO.  When you’re used to pushing off from the pool wall, starting up from treading water feels odd. The first few strokes almost don’t take at all.

But you know what I learned as I powered out of the deep end and made my way to the end of the pool as fast as I could, lane-mates doing the same alongside me? I’m not bad at it.  I gained momentum after a couple of…

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3 thoughts on “On Doing What Makes Us Feel Like Kids Again #tbt

  1. We did exactly that sort of sprint training the other day and it was a lot of fun! And I say that as someone who is really… not a great sprinter 😉 Which proves again that you don’t need to be great at something to have fun with it.

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  2. Wow, this really has me thinking. I’m in the middle of perimenopause and have been having some serious depression and anxiety. I love, love hiking, but I’m not sure it makes me feel like a kid. I might have to go with trampoline jumping. I haven’t taken my daughter in a long time, so maybe we should go. Or, maybe I should price one for our backyard , then we could do whenever we want

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