How to Switch Up Sports and Keep Fitness Motivation High

Spring's warm weather is here, and it's the perfect excuse to get outdoors and take up a new sport.

If you’re feeling ready to take on a new challenge, get active and have fun, here’s a quick guide to get you started finding a sports team.

Picking a Sport

The first step is to choose the sport you want to play. This is simple if you’ve always loved a certain sport, but can be trickier if you only know you want to take on something active. In this case, you may need first to evaluate what kind and level of activity you want to sign up for. If you’re easing into sports, you may want to look at sports such as volleyball or softball that allow you to build up your strength and endurance. If you are already very active, a sport such as soccer or basketball, which requires constant movement may be a fun challenge. If the traditional top team sports are not quite piquing your interest, look to more contemporary options such as Ultimate Frisbee or water volleyball.

Getting Equipped

Buying the sports equipment you need can be a large investment, depending on the sport. Some sports like volleyball, basketball or soccer may only require appropriate athletic shoes and sports team uniforms. Other sports like football or hockey require plenty of protective gear to ensure that you’ll be safe and comfortable as you play. You can often find great discounts on sports gear by shopping online and buying used. Many people have gear that is like new, and this can be a great way to save when taking on a new sport. Try searching online sites like Kijiji to see what equipment is available in your area. Also, check to see what equipment a sports team may provide before investing in your gear. Some teams, such as baseball teams, may have equipment such as bats, balls and gloves ready for players to use, while other teams provide balls and nets and other communal gear.

Finding a Sports Team

Picking an actual team to play on isn’t just about choosing the sport and signing up. There are a few things to take into consideration first. Think about whether you want to play on co-ed sports teams. Make sure that a team is a good match for your skill level, and gives you room to grow. Decide whether you want to play more for fun and to make friends, or whether you are serious about competing. Are you able to travel to competitions? All of these choices will affect the style of team you’ll want to join. For example, local soccer teams often have various divisions that allow you to find the right group to fit you, but may all use the same field and amenities. Try looking for team sports online to get a quick idea of what sports are in your local area. A site like Kijiji makes finding a sports team online easy, as it allows you to browse for specific keywords, and set precise location parameters to make sure you find a team in a convenient area.

Finding Leagues

When you’ve been playing in your sport for a while and are feeling ready to level up, joining a sports league with your team can be a fun way to challenge yourself. Looking online can also be a great way to find these leagues. The precise searching features allow you to quickly identify leagues that match your skill levels and travel area requirements.

Joining a sports team can be a great way to get exercise, make friends and develop teamwork skills. Finding the right team for you is vital in ensuring you have a great experience. Take the time to research and gear up properly, and you’ll be ready to take on the challenge!

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