Organized Sports: They Aren’t Just for Kids

organized-sports-for-adults-tennisI have a good friend who plays on an adult soccer league.

A relative who has taken up cardio tennis classes.

And another relative who has decided to learn to ice skate so he can participate in ice hockey.

These three adults, all over the age of 40, are participating in organized sports for exercise and social benefits – and they love it!

What’s so great about organized sports for adults?

1. They get you active. Not everyone loves, or even wants, to exercise. Organized sports offer a way to get you out and stay active, and the encouragement you get from other members and coaches can help keep you motivated, even when you don’t always feel like going.

2. They pair you up with people who like the same things you do. Let’s face it: Being an adult can get lonely. It’s easy to confine yourself to the house when you have young children – or even when your children are grown. We get bogged down in diapers and PTA and full time work and we forget about meeting people who have the same interests. Organized sports allow us to go out and meet others interested in the same type of hobbies.

3. They give us a little ‘me’ time, in a healthy way.  Think about it this way: When was the last time you went to the bathroom without a child on your knee, much less had a little adult conversation? There’s nothing like going to the lanes and knocking down a few pins to remind us that we deserve to have some me time, too. Whether your down time involves a racquet or a pair of goggles, joining an organized sport will keep you active while giving you some time away from all of life’s other demands.

So how can you find a sport in your area to join?

  1. Check out the local rec departments. Our rec department offers a variety of activities for adults, such as karate. My friend’s rec department offers soccer, softball, and baseball for the over 21 crowd.
  2. Call the gym. Oftentimes gyms in your area will know of programs, even ones that aren’t hosted at the gym. Our gym posts flyers for a variety of leagues and events.
  3. Check with the Y. Our Y actually hosts programs for adults, like the Masters swim team. Your Y might do the same.
  4. Call specific clubs in your area. Enjoy tennis? Try the racquet club. Want to play some ice hockey? Call the rink. Find specific businesses in your area that host these events and call to ask if organized leagues or teams are available.

Do you participate in organized sports? If so, which ones have you tried? If not, would you be interested in doing so, and which sport(s) would you like to try?

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Organized Sports: They Aren’t Just for Kids

Kathy Murdock works as a full time writer and web designer. Recently planted in the middle of the deep south from the busy streets of Los Angeles, when she's not coding Wordpress websites or writing about women in business and thrifty motherhood, Kathy spends time photographing alligators, playing with her family, and running. ... More

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