As a child, I remember walking to a friend’s house and asking, "can you come out and play?" In the 1996 movie "JACK",
Robin Williams plays the role of a boy with a rapid aging disease. At the age of ten, his body is that of a forty year old. He feels like an outcast until his parents enroll him in school and he finds happiness with friends his mental age. In one scene, his friends continue to show up at his house asking, "can Jack come out and play?" Who doesn't love being asked to come out and play?
I can definitely relate. My club hosted the Winter Classic Racquetball Tournament
last month along with the LPRT (Ladies Pro) division. Being a racquetball junkie, of course, I had to play in three divisions; including the pro draw.
There is incredible joy in competing with 18 and 20 year olds as well as the top men players in the fifth decade of my life. Racquetball is a lifetime sport and is fun at all skill levels. Many racquetball players have been competing for twenty or thirty years. What other activity has players involved for such a lengthy time? It is a good and healthy ADDICTION.
My first match in the pros was against an 18 year old girl from Guatemala. The match was scheduled for 1 PM and she arrived at the club at 9 AM to warm up and get and ready for the match. I guess my mindset was a bit more relaxed as I came to play around noon and looked forward to the competition in terms of "I Play. I Win." Being able to compete and have fun in the process has served me well throughout my life. Sustainable lifetime fitness greatly enriches quality of life.
Many of my racquetball students and friends either came out to watch or sent support via social media. I didn't win in points in my Pro match but I definitely felt like a winner - it's not all about the score board. I defeated another eighteen year old in my Women’s Open singles match. Dave Stein and I played well in the Men's 35+ division; winning some games and eventually losing a match to the overall winners. Life is good! Enjoy the TED Video - John Wooden: The difference between winning and succeeding.
Your brain and body both get a great workout with racquetball. Fitness made fun. Maybe it should be called a “fun-out” instead of a “workout”.
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The TCOY Warrior mindset is a learned behavior and, as your coach, I come along side you to help you achieve your health goals. Life has challenges but persevere. Dora words of encouragement in "Finding Nemo,” “just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.”
It’s time to spring forward. Get active and let the child in you come out and play. My TCOY Challenge is for you to click on 24-hours of HAPPY
and get up and move! Stay tuned, I may just do my own video to this song, I love it! The positive energy will flow from your body if you let it. Lighten up and don't take yourself or life so seriously. This is one of my secrets to a joyful life
Until next month - TCOY!
Enjoy my article in the March issue of KC Health & Wellness Magazine
: I PLAY. I WIN.