Even though we all know that physical activity is good for us, many of us still never get around to starting up an activity. You may have been an enthusiastic sportsperson at school or university, but sometimes life just gets in the way and you never seem to find the time or energy to get fit.
Before you know it, you are travelling to work by car, sitting behind your desk all day, and the only exercise that you get is walking from the office to the pub after work.
So how should you get back into sport? Here are a few quick ideas that will help you to get motivated to start up an activity and enjoy all the benefits that come with it.
Consider Team Activities
Some people enjoy solo sport activities like running or swimming, but if you really want to take part in something fun then you may want to get involved in a team activity.
With a team activity, you can have fun meeting up with other people at the same time as keeping fit. When you start thinking of your activity as an opportunity to socialise, this can give you more impetus to carry on with it rather than giving up after a few weeks or months.
Take Up a Sport You Used to Play
Think about the sports that you used to play when you were younger. Were there any that you particularly enjoyed? Perhaps you used to play a traditional sport like rugby, football, netball or volleyball. If so, there are plenty of opportunities to start up the activity once again. You will already know the rules and have some experience, and you know that you enjoy the activity, so it is just a matter of finding somewhere to form a team and join up with a league.
Try Something Different
If you did not used to play any activities, or you simply want to try something new, you will find that there are lots of options available. For example, you can find leagues already set up in sports such as dodgeball, kickball, American flag football, softball, ultimate frisbee and other activities that you may not have even known existed.
Find a Location
Even if you are particularly busy, you can always find an hour or so each week to get involved in your chosen activity. To make things easier, it is a good idea to find somewhere local to play your sport, either near to where you live or near to your place of work.
If you live or work in London, an excellent place to start your search for an activity is Go Mammoth. Here you will find a wide range of activities available ranging from traditional sports to sports that may be completely new to you.
Join a League
Once you have found an activity that looks interesting, it’s a great idea to join a league. If you know some other people who want to form a team then you can enter a league directly. However, even if you are on your own you can still join up with a team and start playing in a league.
A league is a great way to keep you motivated. It adds another level of competition, and there are leagues available that have professional officiating, a range of levels from ‘sociable’ to ‘competitive’, and even prizes for the winners.
Time to Get Motivated
Don’t just sit back and tell yourself over and over again that one day you are going to get back into sport. There is no time like the present, so start looking for activities and leagues today. You will feel revived and reenergised, you will meet new people and, most importantly, you will have a lot of fun at the same time.
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Amy Sawyer is a freelance writer from London