Sunday, August 26, 2012
I read an article somewhere on sparkpeople that said it can be difficult to find enjoyable activities to engage in for health. The suggestion was to think back on favored childhood activities with the purpose of re-engaging in those activities.
I've decided to make a list of my favorite activities as a child:
Running Games- red light, green light (sprinting), something called colors/pie/? where if your fave was called, you ran around the house,along with tag, and dodge ball.
Riding Bikes all around town with friends or my mother, to and from school; often leaving early am and not returning until the sun was setting.
Neighborhood baseball with the street kids.
Ice skating; sledding in the winter and CLIMBING back up the hill because mom wouldn't pull me up :)
Swimming: An avid swimmer since age 3, I lived in the pool during summer until my divorce ten years ago (lost the pool). I remember swimming up to 20 laps in the olympic-sized community pool when I was 9 y/o. I loved the competitiveness of trying to beat my own record number of laps. I also loved the attention of the lifeguards.
Climbing gullies and nature walks: My family lives in the Finger Lakes Region in NY. I grew up climbing the gullies behind my cousin's house while the adults drank coffee and talked. I would walk the beach with another set of cousins, head to a local state park for a hike, etc.
As a teen I began lifting free weights (my stepdad had 10lb dumbbells), free form dancing (alone, of course), swimming, and stretching. My mom and I still walked and rode bikes regularly. I shot hoops with the boys when they'd let me.
Such fond memories create this longing inside of me to explore my environment. To get "lost" the woods for a day or hop in a pool to swim endless laps, trying to best myself each day. Take nature walks and learn about the animals/birds that live in the region. Hop on a bike and ride until I can't anymore. Take a rest and ride some more.