Taking up a sport is a great way to get exercise and meet some new people. Many kinds of sports offer different degrees of exercise, and some are relatively inexpensive to start. Doing research on a sport you are looking to take up will help you decide if it is right for you.
Selecting a sport that matches the amount of exercise you would like to do is vital. For example, swimming requires more arm strength and is less strenuous on the legs, whereas basketball requires a lot of jumping and running. You also need to figure out why you want to take up a new sport. Is it strictly for health reasons, or would you like to be in a more competitive environment? Are you looking for a team sport or a sport you can play by yourself? Another reason to take up a sport is to exercise while meeting new people. Tennis and badminton, for example, allow you to play the game with a partner. Selecting the right sport that fits all of your criteria can encourage you to stick with it longer and make it more enjoyable for you.
The Internet is a great way to learn about a sport. Tons of free videos and articles are online, as well as more in-depth instructional videos available for purchase. You also can pay for lessons or join adult leagues. The YMCA offers lessons and leagues on a number of sports including basketball, swimming, tae kwon do and tennis. If you have friends who are involved in sports, ask them how they got involved or to give you some tips.
Some sports are relatively inexpensive, and others can cost hundreds of dollars for equipment and/or training. If you are on a budget, you might want to try basketball, which only requires a basketball, a hoop -- which can be found at most playgrounds and parks -- and a few friends. Hockey, on the other hand, requires a lot of equipment and lessons for learning how to skate. There are usually cheaper alternatives to expensive sports. For example, you could buy a used set of golf clubs, which would cost less than a new set. If you have a friend or family member who plays a sport, ask if you can borrow his equipment.
Taking up a new sport can be time consuming, which makes it hard for adults who have full-time jobs. However, you need to figure out when it would be the easiest for you to make time. If you work a 9-to-5 job, go to the gym to shoot some hoops or to the driving range to hit some golf balls after work. If you work afternoons or nights, wake up early to get in some practice before work. An hour per day is a reasonable goal, but if you are really pressed for time, do whatever fits your schedule the best.
Before starting a new sport, it's always important to schedule an appointment with a physician, especially if you wish to start a sport that is significantly more strenuous than your current activities. A physician will assess your health and help you decide which sports your body can endure. It also is important to warm up before you begin any kind of exercise. A good warmup limits the probability of overstretching a muscle and causing injury. Types of warmup exercises include calisthenics and flexibility exercises.