Today's You and Yours discusses sports in the wake of the London 2012 Olympics and I found some interesting points were raised. Time to give my opinion on a matter I rarely discuss.

I'm not much of a sportsman. I went to a sporty school and did a fair bit of exercise but I never really understood sport and most certainly had very little admiration for professional athletes.

The latter is still true - I do not consider them to be of any interest. Good for them, they've made a career out of something they (hopefully) love. That does not mean I consider their opinions to be of inherent merit unless they're talking specifically about their area of expertise.

However, since leaving school I've done very little sport. Sometimes I've done a fair bit of exercise, usually through lugging large amounts of video equipment across the city, but not really much with intent.

The problem for me has been several things:

1. Interest
2. Time
3. Expense
4. Availability of facilities
5. Personal issues

So, first off...

It's taken a long time but in the last year or so I've started wanting to do some sport again. Between 2005 and 2010 or so I've had no interest in getting involved in such things.

 It's not that I don't have space in my schedule, it's more that mentally trying to fit in the amount of sport one needs to do to gain much benefit is, well, tricky. I do not like having fixed commitments in my routine, preferring guidelines.

With this recession money is tight. I've got enough to live relatively comfortably but it seems facilities are excessively costly. Perhaps the prices are reasonable if you're earning £40K a year but some of us most certainly are not!

Availability of Facilities
I do not enjoy football (or at least most football players that I'd have to spend time with), rugby is not my thing. I like Squash, volleyball, climbing, snowboarding, and a couple of other things probably.
I just looked up my nearest squash court and it's a fair distance and requires membership. There's a hotel with a couple of squash courts but other than that, there's nothing in central Edinburgh. Fantastic.
Snowboarding facilities exist outside of town but then expense rears its ugly head once again. Frustrating.

Personal Issues
This one is a biggy for lots of people. I'm not concerned with being bad at the game or activity, that's actually not much of a worry. I may be bad, I may not be, but I don't derive my self-esteem from that anyway so what does it matter?

However sport-based environments intimidate me. I find gyms unpleasant as I feel out of place. Not as in "look at the fatty, lol" but as in I don't know how to relate to them; they're an alien place for me that I find it difficult to get a handhold on from which to learn.

I suppose it's an element of some of my issues. In some ways I do not deal with the world in a conventional way. It's something I'm learning to deal with, of course, but it's a learning process.

In closing I just want to say that the Olympics are not inspiring in the least bit and never have been. I find them less entertaining than browsing paint swatches at B&Q. The reason I'm becoming more interested in sport is due to the transition from student to graduate. I run a business from home and do not wish to become horrifically out of shape due to a primarily sedentary lifestyle. It may be a while before I can get a podcast off the ground again and in the meantime I'd prefer to get a bit of definition and to earn the odd kebab!

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