The Will to Exercise (Bicycle Story part 1)

There’s gotta be some connections between cerebral cortex and the will to exercise. Or else why do some people love doing it but some just never will?

I love #sports since I was very young. From badminton, ping pong, squash, swimming, surfing, wake boarding, kayaking, wushu, taichi, yoga, to cycling. They are all fun things that give me the #adrenaline rush and in the end, endorphin to stay happy. I like water, gymnastic activities, as well as steering/riding things (horse, bike, kayak, surfboard, motorbike, boat… you name it!)

The first time I rode a bicycle was probably when I was 5 or 6, and I didn’t need anyone to teach me how to do it. One day, my mom just watched me rode my tricycle with the two extended wheels already lifted. I lifted that thing up because they made it difficult for me to move around. My mom saw me and yelled at my dad, “Look, she got rid of the small wheels! She can ride a bicycle!” And then, at 14, I taught myself how to ride a motorbike and it was just oh, so much fun. I took one of the motorcycles at the house and just got out of the street. That’s the perks of not having so much parental control in the house, I suppose. Lol.

Research reveals, “those who were already active at the beginning and had high levels of psychological well-being tended to stay active even as they got older”, which is very true. There were times in my life where I wasn’t involved in any sports routines, but once I’m hooked, they’ll be like “drugs” and I’ll stay doing it for years, e.g. I started practicing #yoga regularly in 2011 and 6 years later, I’m still loving it. I got bored easily too, so I need to find a new sport to like. I also notice that I always come back to sports whenever I’m in a “soul-searching” or crisis mode. They don’t act like an answer or diversion, but they help me stay alerted, focused on finding my solutions. Most of the times, believe it or not, we already know the answers, but we just need time, clarity and confirmation.

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