Thursday, January 23, 2020
I don't often duplicate posts on Spark, but recently on the 100 Days of Weight Loss team we covered a lesson on 'passion'. And this morning I posted this:-
"I realised that it's important for me to find ways to hang out with people who are passionate about their fitness too. For me, that means going to things like ParkRun whenever I can, going to the local leisure centre for swim, gym and whatever else looks good. I might even consider joining, finally, the local running group.
I've always preferred to exercise alone - but I've started noticing that most of my friends and acquaintances who are my age and older (65+) - none of them are fit enough to join me in my activities! And I'm not accepting that that will be my fate!"
Then, later, I went swimming. I had three healthy conversations with strangers, all of whom were passionate about their fitness.
A younger man who said he was a surfer but hadn't been swimming for ages. We chatted a while because we'd literally bumped into each other. His goal was 40 lengths today. We talked about the difference between swimming in the sea and in the pool.
A woman who was swimming alongside me........we had an exchange about how to keep tabs on how many lengths we'd done. She was doing 64 lengths because she said she only comes once a week and she has a friend who comes twice, and she aims to keep up with her by doing more on her one day.
An older man who was in the shoe area when we were both putting our shoes back on. He had shorts and a sports vest on, so I said "you look like you're going to run home, are you?" He said no, he was going upstairs to use the gym. I told him I'd just joined the gym and we talked about how beneficial it is especially in the winter, and how older people have to do strength training because we lose muscle so easily.
I had a look at the menu in the cafe too......another day I think I'll try having my lunch up there. I noticed a chap who works in the local supermarket sitting having a coffee.
The healthy people are friendly. I'm already feeling encouraged by the passion of these strangers.