By Alfonso Domingo
Many jump into it because it was “uso”(fad) and wanted to be “in” but not my friend Tim, who’s playing 10 years now and “going without “let-up.”
His wife is into Zumba and cannot exercise without music and make-up like she’s social-climbing which he observes “not healthy because after dancing she and her friends eat like there’s no tomorrow.”
Tim’s totally opposite of his wife, he is introvert and low-profile and we’ve known each other since childhood. Like me, he was not athletic but not the nerd type either. He was more of an spectator type, a regular member of the audience both on TV and grandstand.
Until he discovered badminton because a friend forced him. “At 40 and out of job, he got bored and decided to play every afternoons and dragged me along,” he says.
They started at 1 ‘clock pm when no one was yet around the court and perfect for beginners like them.
Now, they’ve passed that stage and joined regular friendly competitions, often winning and most times losing.
At first, he claims he gets emotionally affected every game, win or lose but not anymore. “I learned to embrace it as more of an exercise, not a competition gunning for the Olympics,” he discovers.
“I just want to have a good time, feel light and active.”
He even watches his diet now. No more animal food, only vegetables, fruits and fish. “I’ve become discipline when I decided to pursue lifestyle change because I also think my age calls for it too.”
When not playing, he brisk-walks early morning or late afternoons.
“Walking compliments because there’s no pressure, I mean competitive pressure and its also good to be alone, which is healthy too-the peace and quietness good for the soul,” he shares.
Tim is one of the few considered a trend/fad survivor because he puts his heart to what he’s into. Not longing for a sense of belonging but for a sense of personal balance and control, both inside and out. And confidence too.
“I evolved on my own strength and direction. I think about it, planned, practice and read. I even meditates on it. My mind calculates and guides me,” he reveals.
Though he considers himself a late sports bloomer he believes it’s still the best time to indulge on it because it’s no longer a child’s play “mentality” but a light occupation ushering to senior age.
“When you become somewhat athletic and leading an active lifestyle, you become more open and accepting to other possibilities in life,” he points out.
Like lately he’s done wall-climbing and discovered Body Wind Exploration (BWE) as effective warm up.
“It was taught to me by a Yoga instructor and I discovered the lightness and grace of being healthy, focused and strong as I marched to this perfect age and with a wonderful hobby,” he concluded.
So take your racquet and conquer the world.
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