Just found this article whilst researching core muscle strength in ND and thought it an interesting topic for discussion.
Do you relish sport or are you a couch potato? Does going to a gym, joining a team, coordination issues put you off? Or have you found a way to enjoy keeping fit?
I like walking in open countryside. I tried line dancing and aerobics but couldn't learn the moves or keep up. I hate chlorine and feeling of swimming pool water and our local pool is closed in and claustrophobic. I have been in open air pools which I liked. Gyms are too noisy, too busy and overwhelming. I have played badminton on a casual basis in my youth but rubbish at catching a ball. I learnt to ride a bike but my coordination and spacial awareness makes it very tricky so I thought of a tricycle or recumbent but they're expensive..
What are your experiences of sport and exercise?
I started distance running when I was 22, running every day for many years. I also began regular cycling in my early 30s. I've done swimming all of my life, but confine it now to the sea - so only in summer months, usually from late May to early September. I can't stand pools or gyms. I stopped taking any form of exercise, except a daily walk to the shops, when I took over caring for mum last October. There simply wasn't the time. I swam all through this summer and have just started running and cycling again. Of the three, I now prefer swimming first, cycling second. I don't run far or frequently any more. I guess, though - after all these years - I've got good fitness levels 'in the bank.'
Apart from with swimming, I have to have a purpose to the exercise other than just keeping fit. Running always needed to be for race-training. Cycling always needed to be - and still does - to get somewhere, like work. Otherwise, I don't have the motivation any more.
I don't like team games. I never liked football or cricket at school and really don't understand them. Same with rugby. Practically the only team game I can enjoy to watch and play is baseball (or rounders). I like things I can do on my own. My all-time favourite 'ball' game is snooker.
There is chair / sitting tai chi as well.
Sorry for the delay in replying but I wanted to reply in full and I had run out of energy for long posts which needed more concentration. I have never naturally been active( especially compared to the rest of my family) I'm known as the chubby sedate one. However we had an outdoor lifestyle and I joined in that so much more active then than now that I live in town. I always wanted a horse but my parents were too busy to look after me and a horse. But I have ridden a few times with one spectacular winding and broken specs! I am interested in equine therapy as something to help me but again none locally and I also thought of rda but wasn't sure if I'd be a volunteer or client! So my walks when I can are usually more of a nature ramble and taking photos than bracing cardiac. I am in another of my least fit patches again at the moment which as you said doesn't feel comfortable. Realising I needed to do something I bought an exercise bike though I think an elliptical would have been more fun but I lost motivation and then the cable broke so off to the tip it went. I mentioned the swimming already but I've never been a strong swimmer and one of the don't like water in my face kind or the feeling of getting dressed because however hard you try to be dry , clothes always feel soggy .. just odd. I thought of going to an outdoor pool as enjoyed those in the past but the nearest is an hour away so not practical for me. Quite a few years ago I also joined a small local gym which worked well for a while and like you said became competitive with myself but eventually found I couldn't manage it along with other things I was doing at the time.. it's demolished and housing there now. Plus most of the small ones are claustrophobic or have to drive to. And yes I too hate being hot and sweaty ( never heard anyone else say that before!) and jarring/wobbling about isn't comfortable either. But the sensation of striding along in the sun and breeze is uplifting when I can do it. But that's not the same without a dog and don't feel able to properly care for one. And yes I do know about walking less well behaved or pulling on the lead dogs so understand that too. I did have a ball inflated for quite a long time, but I did not like the squishy feeling or the texture it was made from added to my lack of balance and a muscle core reduced to mush wasn't for me. I like the idea of the Pilates machine but fear it would be another purchase left sitting in the corner. Bit of a vicious circle at the moment because if I felt less tired all the time I would probably be more self motivated but if I got fitter I would probably feel less tired and as you say reduce anxiety amongst other things. I have downloaded a walking programme designed to be done at home which is fun and I have a reminder in my phone but still don't do it I also have a seated yoga email JP and I have an open page with the isometrics Quirky friend recommended ( I have had the NHS stretches and couch to 5k on podcast for years with good intent but…) which both look good but haven't done yet. Plus getting started and procrastinating and pacing with other things ( spoons) is a planning thing. As you can see I completely lack self discipline! I have contacted the local lady who does Alexander Technique (2nd step as been getting her emails for months) 3rd step is to get back to her.. but unsettled at the moment with chaos at home. I even know why I want to exercise, why it would be good for me and the benefits but I still don't do it. My own worst enemy.