I am a lifelong water rat. I will happily swim in pools, lakes or the ocean and nothing beats a beach vacation in my book. So when I saw that a local rowing club was having a day of free lessons, I thought it would be a great way to combine my love of the water with my desire to get more fit. I even looked into what it would take to join the rowing club and what races were nearby. Maybe this could be my new sport!
It took about three minutes of being on the lake learning to row with seven other newbies for me to realize that I HATE rowing. I can't really say why but I felt trapped. I couldn't seem to get my timing right with the other rowers and pretty soon I wanted to jump into the water and swim for shore. The hour long lesson seemed to last forever and I'm pretty sure I was the only one hoping we'd tip over so it we could just get it over with. Once we got back to shore I heard several of the other people talking about how much fun it was and how they couldn't wait to do it again. Me? Never again. Nope.
I think a big part of starting and, more importantly, sticking to a fitness plan is figuring out what exercise or sports you'll actually enjoy doing. So, for me, finding out that I hate rowing isn't all bad. It helps me narrow down the list of things I might like to do and helped me realize that although I do like competition and find myself motivated by the thought of trying to win, I'm not really a team sports kind of gal. I'm probably better off sticking to open water swimming or sprint triathlons, something where I can embrace my love of water but without all those pesky paddles and other people getting in my way!
Is there a sport or type of exercise that you just can't stand? What do you love to do?