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Passionate Strangers

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.
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    Encouraging discussions with others trying to be healthy can give a boost. What a pleasant day you had.
    I always preferred to exercise alone, too, so I could do what I wanted to do without wasting a lot of time.
    70 days ago
  • DSJB9999
    Brilliant Gill emoticon Think sometimes we have to put ourselves out there and speak to others to realise that there are others passionate about being healthy and about life too! You have encouraged me to get out there and go for my walk, see if there are any others braving the Cloud/Fog etc and enjoying the fresh air. emoticon emoticon
    71 days ago
    I always feel uplifted walking into my local leisure centre because it's full of people taking positive action to look after themselves rather than 'accepting the inevitable' of ageing! It's not inevitable! And everyone working out in the gym is testament to that. Everyone taking a swim, or bouncing on the trampolines is actively pushing back against that nonsense! Hope you're having a lovely day.
    71 days ago
    Spark People has said having a fitness buddy makes one accountable. I think that is so true. I also think that if one is isolated that is not a good thing. So being out there and meeting new people helps keep one feeling younger.
    71 days ago
    It is absolutely the best thing to find others whose lifestyle lifts you up when you communicate with them. Unhealthy people tend to spout their woes about physical shortcomings, medications, afflictions and what not. Not at all edifying. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    71 days ago
  • LINDA!
    I agree that I cannot stop exercising. I don't want to accept the fate of those that choose not to. It helps in so many ways.
    71 days ago
    Yay! Possible new friendships. Even those of us who treasure alone time can enjoy friends. Close heart friends and activity friends. I have some who are both.
    71 days ago
  • LORI-K
    Fitness friends are great! emoticon
    71 days ago
    How do swimmers keep track of laps?
    72 days ago
    It's good to connect to people with like interests. You don't have to do the activity together. Just share the experience occasionally. parkrun is a good place for this type of interaction.
    72 days ago
    This is awesome! emoticon emoticon
    72 days ago
    Awesome Gill! I cannot wait to get settled into my new community with nearby resources that I can enjoy. I love the rural locale I live in but no one ventures out here except in their cars and it is only rarely that I encounter someone else just walking and enjoying nature.
    72 days ago
    Good for you! Yes, surrounding yourself w/like-minded people is uplifting! HUGS
    72 days ago

    Keep on Keeping on!

    Make today the greatest day of your life!
    Until tomorrow!

    “Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day; while failure is simply a few errors in judgment, repeated every day. It is the accumulative weight of our disciplines and our judgments that leads us to either fortune or failure.”
    ~ Jim Rohn

    72 days ago
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