Being fit is something I try to keep in my life as I love adventure, and challenges. Without it, I wouldn't be able to do half of the things I do.
I was very lucky to be born in a family that supported our physical development as an investment for our future. And it is true, through sports i've learned the most basic skills; coordination, awareness, the value of team work, leadership, frustration tolerance, the importance of making the extra effort, the rewards for hard work and perseverance, the need of having an outlet for all the extra energy, and the joy that being fit can bring me at the moment of playing any sports with friends.
Ever since I remember I was always doing gymnastics, dancing, or riding my bike. I liked competing with my siblings to see who could go faster and we also loved to organize games and competitions with all our neighbors. It was always like a game.
When I was in elementary school I started to play volley ball in a very competitive way, and that became my life all the way through high school. One thing I can say about sports is they make life much easier abroad. For me it became a language to relate to new people. When I was in grade 10 and 11 I moved to Canada, both years I joined the volleyball, basketball and the soccer team! That allowed me to be a part, make new friends and to relate to people that other wise I wouldn't have done so.
After high school I got more interested in Yoga and individual sports. This taught me to deal with myself, to be loving, patient and flexible, and at the same time to get the best out of me. Individual sports are a challenge for the relationship with oneself.
In life there is something I absolutely love and that is TRAVELING. Having experiences that require a physical challenge while traveling make it way more exiting and they also complement really well while touristing the place. Sometimes it can be going for a run in the morning through the streets of a new city, or rafting through the main river of a country, climbing up a wall that may take me to the best view of the town or hiking for days to see some of the most amazing spots in a National Park.
No matter what it is, I love to keep it interesting, and making that extra effort brings a way more exiting and fun perspective on travels.
So my advice is, next time you think you HAVE to be fit, think of it this way, you don't have to, but it will make your life way more exiting and will enable you to be healthy enough to do much more than you ever imagined.
Set a goal that is exiting for you, running a marathon in Paris, ultra trail in the mountains of Bolivia, hiking for days in the amazon, a triathlon in the Caribbean, surfing in South Africa, biking around Tuscany, climbing a mountain in Peru, whatever inspires you! When we have a goal, training becomes a motivation for achieving, and we do it with our hearts not because we have to, but because we want to!