Loving Sport – A Life-Long Gift

If you are a very small child, congratulations! Roll out the banner, as they say (and might I also commend your reading skills?). Babies being born today, tomorrow, yesterday, barring accidents or serious illness, can now realistically hope to live to 104 years old. I think this is good news, although I appreciate not everyone will jump for joy at the thought of aging beyond a century. If we’re lucky enough, and by some miracle of life, we get a tiny, beautiful body (and they are all beautiful) that we get to grow with and play with and travel with and love with through our entire life. That’s some machine to keep motoring all the way through a lifespan that’s getting longer and longer. And with that long a journey ahead of you, you’ll need it to be in good nick.

Up until recently, my own body had been somewhat curtailed by a kidney stone. Throw in ongoing treatment to ‘explode’ same and the residence of a tiny gadget to stop the kidney stone drawing my system to a complete halt, and you have the perfect ‘keep unfit’ storm. It made me tired and, if I had a busy day, kinda ‘achy’. Even when I didn’t do all that much, it felt kinda achy. In fact, feeling kinda achy became the norm. Until my (fingers and toes crossed) final treatment the other week. We’re gonna need a second banner.

So now there’s no excuse and I’ve been getting out a little – just a little – more often for some ‘just me with a mind to specifically exercise’ time. That means a 6.15am alarm call (if the babies aren’t already up), a bit of organisation and a spoonful of resolve. OK, a bottleful Maybe a barrel-full when the weather’s not great. Because it’s not the easiest thing to do; to get up and get out and get active.

At the risk of sounding 97 years old, when I was younger – specifically between the ages of 12 and 18 – I didn’t go about being active; I simply was active. I played tennis, basketball, hurling (an Irish game – a cross between hockey, egg-and-spoon and lacrosse). I did ballet – a lot. I cycled everywhere – to school, to friends’ houses, to training sessions. Exercise wasn’t a thing – it was a by-product of being young. It was something to do and something your friends did. Weekends were spent tagging along to games and sports matches because that’s where your friends would be and where else would you want to be? Sport was fun, it was compelling – it was just how it was.

When I went to college I left the bike at home – I moved on to live in cities and my sporting-compadres, my friends, dispersed. I went out more, I hung around the hurling field and

Source:: The Huffington Post – UK Lifestyle

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