Hey, so there's this misconception that because we're on the spectrum we're either not capable of, or interested in, physical activity. It is an actual miracle that somebody with my co-ordination can actually catch a ball, but sport is probably the biggest factor that has a positive impact on my mental health. Is anybody else here on a team?
Not a team, no. I've never been one for team games. My hopelessness at football, cricket, basketball - basically, any game (apart from snooker) involving the use of a ball - didn't serve me very well at school!
Which isn't to say I'm not interested in physical activity. For 35 years, I was an active and competing long-distance runner. I also do a lot of cycling and swimming. I enjoy keeping fit. Nowadays, though, those activities are only for fitness and enjoyment. I've done many marathons, half-marathons, 10k, 5ks, cycle races and swimathons. I also did a biathlon about 5 years ago, and came 2nd (there were only a dozen entrants, mind!) To be honest, I enjoy it now that I'm not competing, and the pressure to train is off.
It hardly needs saying that I prefer sports or games where I don't need to be in a team. I'm happiest doing my own thing.
As a child I ran cross country for my county. But I hate sports as such, the winning losing thing. I would still enjoy activity if i was able but I'm not able bodied any more. I used to live cross country running and walking. Swimming (which I can still do but not to the same level) cycling, anything that involves a ball is just not happening.