Getting fit is really important, whatever age you are. It’s never too late to change your habits and start shaping up. You shouldn’t just do this for the way you look though. You should do it for all of the health benefits you get, such as fighting off illness and disease, living longer, and staying mobile in old age. Looking good is just a bonus. Plus, you’ll feel great thanks to all of the serotonin and endorphins.
You should never think of sport or exercise as a chore. It should be fun! If you’re not finding it fun, then you’re doing the wrong thing. Different forms of exercise suit different people, so finding what works for you and then rolling with it is the best thing to do. If you’d like to get into some kind of sport, here are 3 awesome sports you can try and their benefits:
Swimming is an amazing all over body workout that just about anybody can try. Whether you’re 18 or 80, swimming can help you to make awesome progressions in your body and training. It can complement a current training plan, or it can become your only means of getting fit. You can incorporate it however you like and enjoy the benefits!
One of the best things about swimming is that it’s a low impact form of exercise. That means that it puts very little pressure on your joints, unlike running. Although it doesn’t put pressure on your joints, it still burns a ton of calories and works the muscles all over your body. To get the most out of your swimming sessions, make sure you work on improving your form each time you go. You should try to swim with your face in the water, kicking your legs as little as possible, so you’re not expending too much energy and you can keep your body straight. Aim to swim for longer or do more laps each time.
Basketball will put a little more pressure on your joints, unlike swimming, as it’s a very fast paced sport. As it’s so intense, you can burn a ton of calories while you play, not to mention build muscle in your legs from all the jumping you’ll be doing. Your gym will likely give you school gym equipment to use, but this won’t impact your play at all. The wonderful thing about basketball is that it’s so fun, you’ll barely notice you’re exercising at all!
Rock climbing will make you feel pain in muscles that you never knew you had. You’re using your entire body when you rock climb. You’re using your legs to push up, and your arms to pull you from place to place. It can improve many other skills too, as you’re always choosing the best place to put your hands/feet before you make another move. Don’t worry if you’re not ready to climb rock faces just yet. You can find lots of indoor places to rock climb where you’re safely strapped in.
I hope you enjoyed the post and that it gives you some motivation to try something new!
Thanks for reading, as always <3