Growing up, my family always placed an emphasis on being active, and as a result, I played a bunch of different sports until I decided which one I wanted to focus on. At around age 10 I made my decision – I wanted to swim. As a result, I joined a local club team in addition to my summer league team. I started getting better and though I was never in the top of the club, I was in the top of my summer league, and eventually the top of my high school team.
Once I went to college I joined the club swim team, mostly to stay in shape. I didn’t care about competing or traveling to meets. I went for the exercise, and especially the first year, it wasn’t a lot. The difference between the number of club practices and length of the club practices differed dramatically from what I was used to, and I could feel myself getting slower. It didn’t matter though; it was still a form of physical activity.
After college, I went to the farm. New Hampshire has a very different swim scene compared to Georgia, and therefore I didn’t swim there at all. But at the same time, I didn’t need to. Doing chores, being outdoors and moving around, lifting grain buckets, it was all enough to keep me in shape. I didn’t have to worry about trying to do my own fitness. I just enjoyed my work and the fitness was a bonus.
Now that I’m back home, I’m back to square one. Joining a club team to swim is quite expensive, and joining a gym isn’t cheap either. I’ve definitely lost muscle I had built on the farm, and knowing I couldn’t just not do anything, I’ve been trying my best to come up with a fitness plan. Of course, some days (erm, weeks) are better than others. But I’m trying, and every time I do something, even if it’s just a short walk, I count it as a win.