If you haven’t made your New Year’s resolutions yet, consider setting some before January slips away. New Year’s resolutions sometimes get a bad rap. We set them with high hopes at the start of each year, only to fall short within just a few months. We may promise to shed unwanted pounds or exercise more regularly. These are worthy resolutions.The problem lies in keeping our enthusiasm for them alive throughout the year.
While many of us don’t love the monotony of the treadmill or stair stepper or running endless laps around the track, sports provide a great way for us to reach our fitness goals while enjoying ourselves and getting lost in the love of the game. There are many options: basketball, baseball, football, bowling, or tennis.
If you are looking to get into better shape, consider the benefits of sports—not just in reaching our fitness goals but in helping us become well-rounded individuals.
The Perks of Playing Sports
- Develops friendship – Participating in sports allows us to “double up” by getting in shape while developing relationships. Find a friend—or a group of them—to play your favorite sport with. You’ll be surprised at how much you can bond through regularly scheduled sports matches.
- Family closeness – Play sports with family members—even if it’s just a quick game of soccer with your kids in the back yard. You can build memories and bolster family relationships while keeping your heart rate up. You can also foster a love of sports in your family by watching sports events together. Sharing a love for a common team can help keep families close.
- Coaches as role models – If you have children, encourage them to stay active through school or community sports. The team coaches can often provide valuable role models. If you have sports experience, consider coaching a team. It will get you out into the fresh air and staying active while helping others.
- Improvement of health – Commit to play sports regularly. Schedule practices and games with your friends or family groups. If you know they’re waiting on you, you’re more likely to get out there and get active. With consistent play, your physical health will benefit.
- Acquiring leadership and team-building skills – As we play sports, we learn to better interact with teammates and achieve a common goal. This can be a big boost to our interpersonal skills and can even carry over into our success in the home and work place.
If you’re aiming to get into better shape this year, consider how team sports can help you achieve your fitness goals—and even become a better, happier person in the process.