by Miles Hardman
Sports are something anyone partake in; be you male or female, young or old, there is always something to keep you active and out of boredom. While thrill-seekers can take on more casual sportspeople in a single game of football, the rewards garnered by each person are different.
Younger kids might join the school team in a cloud of passion for a given sport, whereas adults may take up a more vigorous sport to keep fit or strive for a role in an international team, but there are universal reasons for delving into a new sporting hobby in your free time.
Perhaps the most recognisable plus side of joining a sports team is the fitness aspect. If it’s not something that necessarily sways you into getting your Nikes on, it’s still a vital part of our day-to-day life and all the more reason to get involved.
If you’re looking specifically for sports that will keep you fit and don’t confine you to a rowing machine or a treadmill, anything that involves lots of running around is a good bet. Football (or soccer, for you Americans) is a solid choice, but better yet are racquet sports like badminton, tennis or squash: the last of which is a killer, believe me.
Keep your mind active
School, college and university work, while all being a productive use of your brain, can become tiresome, boring and uninspiring. So, it’s important that you keep your mind active with tasks requiring more immediacy.
Sports are naturally a great example of this, though frantic sports aren’t the only way of keeping your mind on the ball. More tactical sports like cricket, football and even golf have a requirement to use specialism to win, which is just as important as being able to react quickly to an opponent’s move. And even if you lose, you’ll be better off for it.
Everyone has things that they need to escape from in their everyday life, and there are fewer things more unfettered than sports. You’ve heard the ‘work hard, play hard’ ethic, so don’t let this equilibrium become unbalanced!
Not only is it liberating for the mind, but many sports are obviously heavily based on working as part of a team. This strong connection with your fellow sports men and women can lead to even stronger friendships in the long term. Go out, make friends and have fun!
Probably the most important part of joining a sports team is having fun. If you’re considering joining a certain sport team, it’s probably because you’ve thought it looks fun to play when you’ve seen it being played by others, so there’s probably every chance you’ll have a blast joining in yourself.
Of course, everyone has different tastes even when it comes to physical activity so you’re not going to enjoy every kind of sport, but there are plenty of organisations helping people of all ages get into teams around the country. Not to mention all the small local teams that are always looking for new members. Pop on down to your local sports complex for all the information you’ll need.