As a kid growing up, I was extremely competitive and played as many team sports as frequently as I could. I was always seen running around with some sort of ball in my hand, and I spent as much time as I could with the neighborhood kids or playing organized sports. As I have gotten older, though, it's been tougher to carve out time to play organized sports or even team sports, though I still love to play sports and exercise. Here's where my present day list of favorite sports to play ends up:
1) Golf - I have written about this previously, but I want to spend as much time on the golf course as possible. It's the ultimate competition (against yourself and the course), and it's also a ball sport that you don't need anyone else to play with. It takes a lot of time, planning, and money, but still an easy choice.
2) Running - running has been a go-to fom of exercise for me recently. I didn't used to like running, but lately the feeling of the "runner's high" has kept me coming back for more and more. There is nothing better than feeling accomplished after running 4-8 miles and sweating out whatever stress in my life. Although I don't think I will ever run more than a half marathon in my life...
3) Cycling - cycling has been another go-to form of exercise the last few years, alongside running. It is a great workout that is not too hard on the body, and I love riding as fast as I can along the lakefront path here in Chicago, with music blaring. For me, there aren't many better feelings than that.
4) Ultimate Frisbee - I've always really enjoyed throwing and catching objects, and ultimate frisbee fits that description. I've always enjoyed throwing a frisbee around with friends, and that led me to playing ultimate frisbee in college. Ever since then, I've been wanting to join a team or league.