There are many ways to keep fit, and sport is one the most enjoyable ways to do so. If you know you need to shed a few pounds, then maybe it’s time you consider taking part in a sport you might enjoy. Not only will you start to feel better about yourself, but you will also meet like-minded people who will keep you motivated. Consider the following sports to help you get back into shape.
This popular sport is perfect for giving all your muscle groups a workout. From running around the court to swinging your racquet, you will improve the muscle tone in your legs and arms. There are other benefits too. For starters, your reaction times will improve, and your aerobic skills will be called into play as you bounce around the court. The sport is also good for your cardiovascular system, increasing your heart rate and lowering your risk of heart disease.
There is bound to be a tennis club near you, though you could always hire a court to play with your friends and family. You will need the right gear, including one of these colorful tennis headbands, decent tennis shoes and loose clothing to help you get around the court. Tennis is a great choice for anybody keen on getting into a sport. While it’s not only as simple as batting a ball over a net, this is a game still relatively simple to learn.
There are many benefits to running, including burning away calories and strengthening your leg joints and muscles. Running is also a proven way to alleviate depression due to the release of the feel-good chemicals known as endorphins and can reduce the effects of stress.
Running is one sport that you can do in your own time and the place of your choosing. You might run around your local street or park, rather than a traditional running track. Don’t expect to be able to run a marathon within a few days, however. It is important to pace yourself, otherwise, you are at risk of one of these common running injuries. Take care as you go, buy the running shoes that are comfortable to wear, and drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated.
Unlike other sports, swimming will put less pressure on your joints, while still helping you to build muscle strength and lose calories. It is also good for your heart rate, and will get will the blood pumping through your body. The added benefit to getting in the swimming pool is having a place to relax after going a few lengths of the pool.
It’s possible that swimming is the most effective sport you can take part in. Unlike a trip to the gym where different pieces of equipment work on isolated parts of your body; swimming enables you to use most of your body’s muscles. The butterfly stroke is said to be the most effective way to lose weight, but find something you are comfortable with.
Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.