This week’s challenge topic is exercise that I enjoy – based on my performance in the challenge so far you’d think it was running…as in running late. (Drum roll for the dad joke please). That would be incorrect. I am generally disgustingly punctual and I hate to run.
I in fact do not enjoy the exercise at all. Yes, that’s correct an woman who spends her entire life at a keyboard or trying to find time to read doesn’t like to use that time sweating – that’s quite the shocking revelation isn’t it?
There are however two exceptions.
If you follow me on social media you’ll see that I’m very lucky to live in Sydney’s gorgeous Nrothern Beaches area and just as the name suggests there are lots of gorgeous beaches to wander along. So I do spend a lot of time walking along the beach. I don’t know if it counts as exercise if you’re holding a cup of coffee and chatting with a friend but it gets those elusive ten thousand steps in that we all aspire towards.
The second exception is tennis. I wanted to play tennis from the time I could walk. Who knows why? I liked the pom pom socks and the frilly tennis knickers I know that but I think it just looked like a good social game as well. my mum always worked but when I was sick i’d stay with her friends who were stay at home mum’s and I often ended up at tennis where the women laughed and had a game and then ate moning tea. There was something about that combination that appealed to me immensely.
The world has changed because when I was seven my mum had to beg the tennis intructors to give me lessons because I was too short to see over the net. (Fast forward to the 21st century and it’s almost too late to start if you want to be a champion at 7). From then on until I went away to college I played tennis every weekend, had a lesson every week and went to tennis camp in the school holidays.
After uni I played mixed doubles for a couple of years and even met my husband on a tennis court…(that is a whole other blog post). After I had my daughter I played weekly tennis with a group of friends I still call “the tennis gals” even though we haven’t played for six years.
What I have done however, is channel that love of tennis into writing and started my Courtside Romance series which features Australian tennis players on the international tennis circuit.
That’s about it for me an exercise…don’t forget to hop over to Long and Short Reviews and see what the other more active participants are doing with their free time to keep fit and fabulous!
Tennis is so much fun! And … no swimming in that lovely water? How do you resist?
Oh I swim and snorkel too but not in such a way it would be considered exercise.
Looks like a lot of us are getting our exercise by walking. Tennis is really good choice, too – whole body movement and coordination and… never mind, that makes it sound more technical and less fun. Stick with the fun.
If you’re interested in my answer, I put it here.
I was only a recreational tennis player. That was when it was played with wooden rackets. I do remember getting an aluminum Wilson Match Point and thought it was great. My kids love playing with today’s rackets. https://pmprescott.blogspot.com/2020/02/wednesday-challenge-021920.html
Tennis is a fun answer! I had a friend in college who adored that sport.
I love walking on the beach… and you have a wonderful one to walk on. That’s lovely. A funny story about me and tennis. I grew up playing badminton. When I went to college, I took a tennis class and always hit the ball out of the court completely (you don’t have to hit them near as hard as you do a badminton birdie… lol). My post is here.
Beach walks totally count! I’ve never played tennis. I don’t think I’m quiet coordinated enough to run and hit a ball effectively.
Love the photo, Monique. Such a gorgeous part of Sydney. Am quite intrigued about you meeting your husband on the tennis court. Hopefully you’ll share that in a future post. Love a good meet-cute story!
I will share for sure. He of course tells the story completely differently. Maybe we shoudl video us both telling it. My version is correct of course!
You live in a beautiful area. I’m jealous.
Haha! Spectacular dad joke!