There’s never been a better time to prioritize your physical and mental health. In 2020, we live in a time dictated by a fast-paced way of life, often with our eyes locked on our screens, and statistically speaking we’re the most sedentary generations in the history of mankind. To better look after ourselves as we grow older, taking on a new hobby, like a sport, could be just the way to jumpstart the process. Starting a sport could not only have wonderful social benefits for you but could also introduce you to a new passion, which could grow into something you never even imagined it could be.
Why Playing a Sport Could Change Your Life
Playing a sport requires you to move your body, which allows you to burn calories and improve your overall wellbeing. Activity helps with the release of endorphins into the bloodstream, leaving us feeling happier, healthier and more fulfilled. Physical activity is particularly wonderful in how it helps to control your weight, acts as a preventative measure to health conditions like heart disease, as well as boosting your mood in the process. If this isn’t enough, you should consider that it also helps promote better sleep, so you may end up getting closer to the doctor prescribed 8 hours a night by getting a little more mobile a few times a week.
Try Dancing To Free Your Body
Dancing does not just have to be something you do on a night out on the town. The sport, which is very versatile considering all the styles you can choose from, could be something you do on your own, or you ask a friend or partner to join. Dancing not only burns energy quickly but also works muscles in key areas of the body that don’t typically get exposed to physical activity. Research some of the classes in your area and check in with your local gym about the classes they provide. You may even be able to try a couple of different styles under the same room, saving you a bit of money in the process too.
Try Yoga: Active Mind, Active Body
Yoga is an ancient, spiritual practice that has a history dating back centuries. Astonishingly, yoga was innovated by the Indus-Saraswati people in Northern India over five centuries ago. Known for improving flexibility and encouraging proper breathing and mindfulness, the sport is widely considered an art form, known not only for its physical benefits but for what it does for mental health too. Many people have tried yoga for the first time, only to find some emotions creeping up to the surface, especially if they’ve been bottling up troubles for a long time. Yoga is truly wonderful for its magical nature and can be just what you need to reconnect with yourself this year.
Try Rock Climbing: For The Adventurous Spirit
If you’re a little more adventurous and would like to get out there in the wild at some point during the year, rock climbing might be a great sport to try. Known for its physical benefits (and ability to help you work out muscles you may not even know you had), the sport also requires mental discipline and a strong capacity for you to retain focus in a somewhat stressful situation. It’s only stressful if you remember that you are “suspended” many feet above the ground, often with only a single harness to hold you in place. This can give you a great adrenaline rush, while also teaching you to grab hold of your fears. Try rock climbing if you’re looking to take your health to another level this year.