Recently, my personal trainer asked whether I played sports when I was younger. She assumed the answer was yes because, as she put it, I have “natural athletic ability.”
I thought she must be joking.
Not only have I never played sports, I had a doctor’s permission to skip phys ed class for the majority of my school years. I have always been the opposite of athletic. I took up yoga in college. I like to walk. I owned a bicycle once.
When I was in my early 30’s, I climbed into a kayak for the first time, and I started hiking. Partly for social reasons. Partly because it gets me into nature. Two years ago, I started experimenting with weight training to gain strength.
So I’m more physically active now than at any other time in my life, but I am not athletic. Why? Because I have never believed myself to be.
It really is that simple.
My trainer, though, has a different view of what my body is capable of. This week, I put on gloves and boxed. (The girl with a medical exemption from phys ed would be amazed by that.)