Just Do It!

Sometimes when it comes to exercise you just have to do it. Kind of like the Nike slogan. Why? Exercise is going to be very hard at first. Even new activities for those already in pretty good shape can be tough. Once again, you have to just do the activity and not overthink it. Granted, you should think about issues of safety and etiquette and use the proper equipment (e.g. don’t think you want to play tackle football at age 60 and run out in the middle of a high school game and line up at fullback).

However, you have to work through the mental issues that tell you that you can’t do it. Issues like: you’ll look like a newbie, you may be sore, you are not good at it. The answer to all three of these, for example, is: duh, but who cares? Even Michael Phelps was new at swimming at some point, even if it probably was when he was diapers. But, unless you train with professionals, no one at your pool will be anywhere near Michael Phelps in terms of ability. If you think an activity or sport looks great and will provide good exercise, then jump in and just do it, even if you may look a little foolish for awhile.


I haven’t been much of a basketball player over the years. Even though I played football and some baseball in high school, I stopped playing basketball formally in 6th grade. However, I am currently good friends with our basketball coach, and I do athletic administrative work for the school, so I was asked to play basketball with the kids during the off-season. Reluctantly, I agreed. I say “reluctantly” because I really hadn’t played in years, except perhaps playing with friends in high school, and I tend to avoid situations in which I know I’ll make a fool of myself!

I have really enjoyed it though. It is very good exercise, and I have been getting in really good shape as I lose the last few pounds I started to lose a year ago. I have taken off about 10 pounds in the last 2 months, and that has really helped me get down the court faster than I did in the spring (when I started playing again), even though I wasn’t obese then by any means. I love keeping up with the kids. My skills aren’t the greatest (although they are really improving), but the kids know that this 30-year old will be keeping up with them the whole time. I am not the tallest guy, but I love defense, especially getting rebounds. The competition keeps me going a lot longer than if I were just running by myself. I have come to really appreciate the value of sports. I have never had a low opinion of them, but seeing improvements in myself and our basketball players makes me appreciate the hard work that goes into making it work.