One of the best ways to keep your exercise commitment running full steam ahead is to diversify your activities. When you have 3-4 different exercises, activities, or sports, not only will your mind enjoy the change in the routine but your body, more particularly your muscles, will be getting a different workout. That’s why it can be a thrill learning a new sport or activity.
Sure running around the neighborhood is a healthy activity, but what about the muscles on your arms, chest, or back? They want some attention too. Think of it this way too, do you just want to have strong legs but stuck with flabby arms or an under developed back and shoulders?
Just one additional reason why it’s helpful to have a variety of workouts and sports at your disposal. Different activities workout different muscle groups. For instance, running for the most part works out your legs in one direction (forward) but playing an organized basketball game you also run but in a variety of directions – forward, backwards, side to side. Along with that you do a lot of squatting and jumping, so properly playing basketball gives your legs a more complete workout.
However herein lies the issue. The majority of us do not like change. Let’s face it, change can be uncomfortable. This is especially true if we are going to change by learning a new sport.
Getting over the hurdle of being a beginner or novice can be the frustrating part. However, once the learning curve is over, you will be completely proficient in a new activity and now have another delightful exercise you can partake in regularly.
If you are really interested in learning a new sport or activity, first and foremost you should look into getting proper instruction from a qualified teacher. It’s important to learn correct form and technique from someone who is a professional, or at least someone who is experienced enough to provide proper guidance and direction.
Put the Internet to work for you. Websites such as Groupon, LivingSocial, Meetup, and even Craigslist have quite a number of outdoor activities, classes, and sports at decent prices. You can always bring a friend with you the first time to make you feel more at ease with the whole new experience.
Just keep in mind the sport or activity you choose to learn, how will you be able to continue once the instruction is over? Is it a team activity such as basketball or soccer? With these sports, once you learn how to play you likely will need to join a league where you will have regular games on a certain schedule.
This as opposed to something independent such as surfing, golf, or rollerblading. These sports/activities can be done by yourself not needing any additional people to complete. Be sure to take this into account when planning out which sport or activity you want to learn for it may make all the difference in the world.