Recreation Activities and Improving the Quality of Life
The need to improve the general health of a person calls for people to participate in exercises; which greatly help in reducing the risks; of such lifestyle diseases. Also, exercises are vital in helping people to control weight; which also helps to reduce the risks of such diseases. While strengthening the bones and muscles.
Although, most women know the importance of participating in exercises regularly; a large percentage of them have been shying from taking part in recreation and physical activities. Despite the fact, that most of them love sports. There is usually the question about what could be impeding most women from getting active. Does it mean that men are more active than women? Could there be something underlying; which prevent ladies from taking part in sports?
I would bet my last coin on the latter
Nonetheless, it was in my 20s that I discovered that I my interests in sports had greatly diminished. Not that I loved exercising or anything near to loving outdoor recreation activities, but I was born in a family where everyone (apart from me and my older sibling sister) believed in sports.
Actually, my dad was a coach of a junior football sports team and was ever enthusiastic about sports. He often would gather the family to watch soccer, save for my mum. This helped my two brothers and one sister to love the ‘game’. It must also have helped them to love exercising.
That never augured well with me
There are multiple times that I did join them in various physical recreation activities. However, I wasn’t passionate about any of the various recreation activities that I took part in; I just did it for fun. And the fun part of it must have worked well with me because it enable me meet the man of my dreams.
Notwithstanding, I fell in love with a rugby player. He was playing for a local team which was sponsored by a local consumer good company but he was and is ever passionate about sports. I met him during one family outing where we had gone, as a family, to take part in a marathon fund drive to raise money for the physical disadvantaged. My performance may have been at its low that day. Although after crossing the line, I met this guy who offered me some water to quench my thirst. With that said, I felt attracted to him after that encounter and later we started dating. I was still in college back then. But I loved everything about him, including rugby which I never thought about earlier.
Lack of confidence can prevent women to participate in recreation and sports
It is he who made me love sports and eventually consider the benefits of fitness. He used to wake up early in the morning and the first thing that he did was go for jogging. After we settled down together he always encouraged me to go out for morning jogs with him. However, I had a problem which stemmed out from my self-conscious. I didn’t feel comfortable with the way that I looked when I went jogging in the morning.
Initially when I decided to join him in the morning jogs, I had to sacrifice a lot. In all the competition and any recreation sporting activities that I had participated in; I usually wore my bra. But as I was getting used in the jogs, the bra became uncomfortable because of the breast injury; which resulted in my breast tissue having constant irregular movement with my bra during the exercising.
Nevertheless, I hated all that and it almost put me off continuing with the recreation fitness activities. I tried jogging without a bar but I always felt uncomfortable with myself. Therefore, I always felt as if people on the running trial were looking at me ‘immorally’ and that always lowered my self esteem. I always envisioned the best of my body and having anyone make me feel uncomfortable really put me off.
Were it not for my boyfriend who made me change my perception, I could have easily given up on taking part in fitness programs or exercising. But he always had something positive about exercising that really encouraged me. Eventually, I started gaining more confident about how I looked when exercising and since then I’ve always been active in any physical or fitness program.