Published On: Thu, Jan 25th, 2018

The Best Sports For Growing Fitness, Confidence And Social Skills

Let’s face it, we could all stand to be a bit more active. We evolved to be hunter gatherers, one of those rare mammals that is both prey and predator. Our instincts and physiology have developed to allow us to catch, grow and cultivate food while being able to outrun or outwit dangerous predators. Simply put, our bodies weren’t made to endure the sedentary lifestyles we put them through. All too many of us spend 8-10 hours a day seated at a desk with only short breaks to rest and stretch our legs. We are discouraged from snacking at work and limit our caloric intake to breakfast, lunch and dinner (which is not great for the metabolism). As such, even those of us who were athletically inclined in our youth can find ourselves gaining weight, declining and health and becoming withdrawn and introverted. While video games may have their benefits, they should not be your only recourse of team based activity.


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If joining the January masses to flock to the gym really wasn’t your style you may have considered joining a local sports team but shied away at the last moment. “I’m too old for all that now”, you likely told yourself. “I’m too unfit”, “people won’t take me seriously and I’ll be laughed out of the place”. While these concerns may have an understandable impact on your self confidence they should not be allowed to prevent you from leading a happier, healthier and more active lifestyle. Whatever your age, shape or fitness level any of these sporting activities will help you grow in confidence as you improve in fitness and make new friends while you’re at it. Get yourself down to the trophy store because soon you’ll be excelling in any one of these. The least you can do is try…

 

Soccer

Soccer (or “football” if you live in the UK), is a great sport. It encourages, nay, required team building skills with teams working together to defend their goal and press the attack on the opposing team’s goal simultaneously. There are enough available positions so that whatever your skill set there will be a place for you and since players are in a state of near perpetual motion, you’ll burn some serious calories too.

 

Martial arts and boxing

You may not be as limber as you used to be, but nobody expects you to be doing the splits like 1993 era Jean Claude Van Damme in your first year. Martial artists and boxers (despite appearances) tend to be lovely, respectful and welcoming people who are passionate about showing people of all ages and fitness levels the benefits of their craft. It’s also amazing cardiovascular exercise and if you’re involved in a grappling sport like jiu jitsu, wrestling or MMA it’s also incredible strength training.

 

Cycling

Cycling is one of the best cardiovascular exercises out there, but it’s also good for the soul. It’s a great way to explore the roads and dirt tracks of your hometown and can be a great meditative experience when done alone. It’s also a great activity to do with friends and family and gives one an enormous sense of wellbeing.  

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