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Shake It Up! Gaining An Appreciation Of Sports When It’s Not On Your Radar
There’s more to sports than just improving your fitness. If you are someone who likes the idea of sport, but you don’t necessarily have an appreciation of it, especially when your buddies are all gathered round to watch the game and you could think of something better to do, are there any ways for you to gain an appreciation of sports?
Join A Local Team
Maybe you were someone in school that shied away from doing sports, but as you got older, it’s something that has piqued your interest. If so, and you are someone whose only form of exercise is going to the gym and being by yourself, joining a local team has so many benefits. Not only is it a great way to get out there and play some sports, but there are so many social and psychological benefits to joining a local team. If you’re someone who trains in isolation, you can very easily get into a funk, where you are hitting plateaus and not shaking up your exercise routine. Playing a sport forces you to think differently and you will naturally train other body parts, especially if you don’t focus on the more minor muscles in your usual workout
Don’t Look At Sports As A “Macho” Thing
There’s a lot going around at the moment relating to toxic masculinity. Sports can easily fall into that category because it’s, predominantly, “macho”. Look at the British female rugby teams, they are making a name for themselves. But also, if you were someone that shied away from sports as a child, it’s hardly a surprise that you’ve got this perception of it being a macho thing. By doing sports, you can get an appreciation for how the game is played and this can improve your appreciation of the sport. You could begin to make a few bets on sites like Betting.com or dive in and actually sit down with some friends to watch a game. By doing a sport, and then watching it on TV gives you a more comprehensive appreciation of how difficult it is.
Look At It In Other Ways
If you have a mental block when it comes to team sports, looking at it in other ways, and how it’s more than just a bunch of people running at each other in a field, can give you a better appreciation. It’s not just a physical game. In fact, any sport is a combination of brains and brawn. And as sports like football or rugby are as much about the mental game as it is the physical one, you could use this to your advantage and learn other plays within a specific sport. Think of it as a game of chess- but you’re also using your muscles. In fact, there so many benefits, psychologically speaking, when doing sports. The stress aspect is interesting because you can harness it for positive results. And in fact, this is something that’s not just used in sport, but it’s used in life and business. On InspirationalDevelopment.com you can see how leaders use stress to get better results. And purely from the social perspective, watching sports is a great way to get your heart pumping without even getting off the couch! So if you’re someone who doesn’t have much of an appreciation of sports but you like the idea of it because it gets you fit, learning to look at it in other ways can open you up to the various potentials.
Whether we are stuck in a rigid exercise routine or we feel intimidated by the idea of team sports (or bigger people in the gym), joining a team and getting an appreciation of sports, in general, is a great way to bring down those psychological barriers. This is especially true if you find the sport to be somewhat too masculine and you don’t find yourself in that category. To gain an appreciation of sport, it isn’t just about the physical aspects, but naturally, these are positive by-products. Getting an appreciation of sports by doing more of it can help you in so many different ways. Not just in terms of the physicality, but socially, psychologically, and tactically. Plus it’s just a great way to release some pent up aggression as well! Even if you were the skinny kid in school that was picked last in gym, don’t let your preconceived notions of sports hamper your enjoyment of them. Sometimes it takes a few decades for us to gain an appreciation of it, but you don’t know unless you get out there. So, you may have a great routine in the gym but to truly feel the physical benefits and the mental ones, you’ve got to shake it up.