Everyone knows that exercise is good for us, our bodies and our overall state of health. Being regularly active not only helps to combat medical conditions such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and obesity; but also improves our mood, concentration, motivation and mental health.
You may be looking for a new hobby, seeking an adrenaline-fuelled challenge, or thinking about indulging yourself by trying something different abroad... whatever your reason, the trick to choosing an adventure or sports activity is to pick something that you love and have a passion for. But with so many activities to choose from it can be a little daunting at first, read on to find out where to begin.
Choosing an Activity
Firstly, think about whether you have you taken part in any sports before. If so, what were they and what elements within them did you enjoy the most? If you stopped, then why? Did you not have enough time and were not able to commit?
If so, by asking yourself these questions, you will be able to narrow down the sports available, picking out all the elements you enjoyed to find the best one to suit you.
Next, think about whether you want a sport that requires you to be on your own or as part of a team. Are you the competitive or non-competitive type? There are a variety of different sports and activities to suit all kinds of tastes including:
When choosing your activity, you may find yourself initially thinking 'that's not for me' or 'I couldn't do that', however it is important to have an open mind and not to rule something out when you haven't tried it before.
Also, think about whether you are on a budget or can afford to spend a little money on kit and equipment. It's no good choosing a sports activity that requires expensive items if you simply don't have the money to purchase and upkeep them.
Another important element of choosing a sports or adventure activity is to consider both your current physical fitness and medical health. Be realistic on what you can and cannot do; take it easy and remember the phrase 'taking smaller steps is bigger in the long run than taking one giant leap'. If you're not sure about a particular sport or activity, make an appointment with your Doctor who will be able to advise you and point you in the right direction.
Enrolling yourself on a taster session is a fantastic way to get an idea of what the activity will be like before you fully commit to it - think of it as a 'try before you buy'. You will be able to borrow the equipment you need and get to meet your team mates. These kind of sessions are usually informal and more relaxed; you can do as much or as little as you want to do. Before you go to your first session, it is a good idea to research the rules of the game beforehand (especially if you've never played it before). This will give you a head start as you will be prepared by knowing the general idea of the rules and how to play.
After your taster session, sit down and have a think of the things that you enjoyed most (and if there was anything that you didn't). Next, consider how your body is feeling - do you have any aches or pains from overdoing it? If you enjoyed the activity and want to continue, you will be able to sign up for more sessions.
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