If you want to get fit, you may be thinking about joining the gym or buying a workout DVD to do at home. But how do you know which sports to try or what to buy? The fitness industry is expanding rapidly, and there are so many options out there in terms of classes, equipment, and activities.It’s great to have a choice, but it can also make life confusing, especially if you’re a beginner. If you’re hoping to embrace exercise and get in shape, here are some tips to help you find the right sport for you.
Making the most of your talents
Did you used to love playing sports in high school or college? Were you a champion boxer or one of the best players on the volleyball team? If you know you’ve got talents, you may want to reconnect with a sport you love, and you’re familiar with. If you don’t want to compete, that’s fine. You can train, practice, and have fun. When you’re not competing, you don’t have the stress related to letting others down or dealing with your mood when you don’t win. If you’ve played certain sports in the past, you may want to transfer your skills to a similar pursuit. If you love tennis, for example, you could vary your workouts by trying table tennis or badminton, for example.
Matching your workouts to your personality and mood
There are so many activities out there that you can try, and it’s possible to find a form of exercise that suits your personality and also your mood. Some days, you may find that all you want to do is relax and de-stress. Other days, you may be full of energy, and you might be desperate for a high-energy workout. Often, exercise can help us to channel and control our emotions. You might find that working out helps you to deal with stress, frustration, anger or anxiety.
If you’ve had a busy day, and you’re desperate for some time out to refocus and clear your mind, yoga and Pilates are excellent options. These exercises combine deep breathing with stretches and moves that are designed to strengthen the muscles and improve flexibility. As well as being brilliant for your body, they’re also just the tonic for stress. Even a 10-minute session can help you survive the rest of the day or give you the energy and focus you need to make it through to bedtime.
If you’re feeling energetic and you want to burn off excess energy, activities like kickboxing, Zumba and high-intensity interval training are a great choice. These exercises expend a lot of energy, and you’ll be working non-stop.
If you’re feeling angry, you’ve had a bad day, or you feel like you simply need to let things out, try boxing, tennis, golf or martial arts. These activities enable you to channel aggression and use your emotions in a constructive way. Sometimes, if you feel tense, the release exercise gives you can make a really positive difference to your mood.
Working out what you want from your workouts
When you’re thinking about which kinds of exercise or sports you want to try, consider what you want to get out of your workouts. Do you want to lose weight quickly? Do you want to get stronger, faster or leaner? Are you desperate to tone up or do you want to use exercise as a means of de-stressing? Every type of exercise has its benefits, but not every sport you try may give you the results you want. If you want to build muscle mass, for example, exercises like yoga won’t be all that beneficial. Yoga can help you strengthen your muscles and improve muscle tone, but it’s not the best choice for aspiring body builders. Likewise, if you want to relax, spinning probably isn’t the right option for you.
Reading reviews and asking for recommendations
If you’re new to exercise, it can be difficult to know where to start. Which gym should you sign up with? What classes should you do? Which workout DVD should you buy? Whose fitness program should you follow? If you’ve got questions, reading reviews and asking for recommendations can be really useful. However, it’s wise to exercise caution. Look out for reviews that are endorsed by people who have been paid or sponsored posts. By all means, read them, give them a try and see for yourself, but bear in mind that the review may be biased. If you do want to see what other people think, it’s best to use sites that welcome feedback from large numbers of contributors. If you read a couple of pages of comments left by people who have bought and used the products, you’ll get a much better idea than a single post. If you have friends or colleagues who are fitness fans, ask them about classes they’ve attended or facilities they’ve used.
Trying new things
If you want to get fit, but you’re open to alternatives to the gym, try new things. You don’t have to stick to the most popular sports or activities to get in shape and increase your fitness. You may find going to the gym boring and much prefer doing a Zumba class, going trampolining, playing lacrosse or learning how to box. Try some different options, take friends along with you, and have fun. If you find exercise boring you’re much less likely to stick with it.
We tend to think of going to the gym when people mention getting fit, but it’s well-documented that the gym isn’t for everyone. There’s a whole host of sporting activities and exercises out there, and it’s always beneficial to give you new things a go and to try and match the sports you play with your personality, your mood, and what you want to get out of the session. You don’t have to restrict yourself to a single sport or activity. Switch things up, vary your workouts, and try and find exercises that are fun. With these tips, you’re bound to find the right sports for you.