Tuesday, September 24, 2013

How to be Athletic

As someone who really doesn't enjoy high-performance athletic activities (reading and drawing are more my thing), I'd like to mention that I have P.E. four out of five days of the week, and one of them is an hour and a half long.

Now that I'm running and doing ab exercises four days a week, as well as learning different sports, I thought I would share my tips on how (and how not) to become an athlete. 

1. Good shoes are helpful.  In fact, they're more than helpful.  They keep PE at "hard" instead of "torture". 

2. A positive attitude actually really helps me.  If I'm complaining and insisting that I hate PE, I will.  If I try my hardest and think about how much the exercise benefits me, it'll make class way better. 

3. Jogging the mile is better than sprint/walk/sprint/walk.  I get better times (9:12!) and even though I'm tired at the end, it's very satisfying to know that I made it the whole way without stopping. 

4. Nobody is going to be amazing at every sport.  Some people think they can do all of them, and others think they can't do any.  Coming from someone who was convinced they were in the latter category, neither are true!  It's not as bad as I always used to think. 

5. Count by tens.  Thirty sit-ups?  Count to ten three times. It seems much shorter. 

6. IT'S JUST A GAME.  Too many people just don't get this, and it makes everyone feel bad.  We're learning and playing for fun.  Our grades aren't based on how many games we win, it's on who participates and tries hard to learn. 

7. Get sweaty. (Granna will be glad to hear me say this one!)  It means you're working hard and it's paying off.  Just last year, the thought of sweating made me cringe.  Now it's only slightly gross, haha!

8. Your makeup will come off, so don't wear a lot.  Or plan on re-applying.  (I'm lazy, so I just don't wear a lot)

9. Deodorant works wonders.  Bring it, use it!

10. Have fun!  No matter what, the point of sports is to enjoy yourself.  So do just that!

Sorry for my lack of posting this month, I've actually been writing this over a few weeks (the majority was written after I'd finished my math homework and had free time in class).  Homework has really picked up recently!  Hopefully I'll remember and have enough time to start posting weekly again!


I may die young, but at least I'll die smart.  -Looking for Alaska by John Green

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