Many parents involve their children in sports from the preschool days. T-Ball is a perfect example in which children barely out of the toddler stage have a chance to participate in outdoor, team sports. Soccer for the three year old is also popular. The little ones have a chance to run, build their strength, and have fun. But, what about adults? Are there sports in which adults can participate that can build their strength and fitness?
Benefits Of Adult Sports
As an adult, you may have found that your time is taken up with responsibilities to everyone else. You have a job that takes probably more hours than it should, and then family that doesn’t get as many hours as it should. There is little time to participate in sports during those hours. However, your overall health depends on regular exercise. Staying fit will increase your energy level and make it easier to sleep at night.
You can participate in sports on your own, or as a part of a team, even as an adult. Many people these days have a gym membership, and participate in jogging, aerobic exercise, cardio workouts, cross-training, and water aerobics. There are also ways to participate in team sports, even as an adult.
Parks And Recreation
Check with your Parks and Recreation department in your town. They usually have some kind of sports complex available, and teams on which you can participate. These offices will organize teams for flag football, volleyball, softball, basketball, and kickball.
You can also participate in water fitness classes, such as swimming and water aerobics. There is also disc golf and table tennis.
Every year that you grow older, you lose muscle mass. Strength training can help to maintain your muscle mass and keep muscles toned. Your strength training doesn’t have to be heavy-duty, though. Yoga and pilates are great ways to maintain your strength, with the added benefit of strengthening your core muscles. If you have gotten out of shape, finding a sport that will build your muscle strength will benefit your core muscle group as well as your limbs.
Sports that you might enjoy that build muscle strength are paddle-boarding, kayaking, and snowshoeing. You can also try surfing, I find that surfing is a great way to take your mind off of the fact you are exercising. It’s a way to If you don’t live around water or snow, swimming at a local pool will offer water activities and sports that provide low-impact exercise.
Health Benefits Of Sports
Besides improved cardio-vascular health that comes from regular exercise, there are other benefits, as well. Regular participation in sports, whether team of individual, will increase the number of red blood cells in your body. It also improves the endothelium, which is the inner lining of your blood vessels. This helps the body to battle cholesterol buildup. In addition, exercise triggers the production of BDNF which generates new brain cells and makes your existing brain cells healthier. Finally, the health of your peripheral nerves is improved.
Even if your sport is walking or light jogging, the movement and strengthening improves your health. Your fitness level will benefit your quality of life.
Ed Brooke loves to travel and get involved in activities, when he isn’t abroad looking for the perfect surfing location you can find him in Cornwall working at his local surf shop.