A lot of people want to get in shape and improve their health these days but don’t seem to know where to start. Some people buy gym memberships but find the monotony tedious and end up wasting their money by giving up. Some people try a home regimen but put it off when they know they can do it anytime and therefore don’t end up doing it at all or only for a short while. Sports are a great way to stay in shape and meet people, and there are plenty of amateur sporting leagues you can join to do this.
1. Cardiovascular health
It is most important to maintain a healthy heart and blood circulation and amateur sports such as soccer, hockey and basketball can help with this as they get your respiratory system and your heart working harder. Your blood vessels expand as you breathe faster and more deeply which brings more oxygen to your muscles. Other health benefits include weight loss and helping ward off heart disease.
2. Muscle building
If you hate the monotony of lifting weights but want to build muscle then joining an amateur sports league such as wrestling or boxing could be the thing for you. Not only are you acquiring a skill, but you are learning how to use your body in specific ways that can aid in muscle growth. Intake of plenty of carbs and protein promotes muscle growth but it is important to have a balanced diet and drink plenty of water.
Sports such as cycling and rowing are great for teaching your body how to become used to long distances of exercise while maintaining constant performance. The longer and more consistently you train, the better your body gets used to what it needs to do to maintain form. There are plenty of amateur clubs for these sports you can join, just check your local area.
4. Weight loss
Obesity is a problem in the first world but it doesn’t have to be. People are eating too much and taking in carbs that are not being used and thus get converted to fat. Joining an amateur sporting league can help with this problem. Any active sporting league you join such as AFL football, soccer, swimming, tennis and many others keep you active and off the couch. It takes motivation in the beginning but if you bet on yourself the same way you would bet on the AFL, you have every chance at success.
5. Mental health
Any amateur sporting league that you join can also help with your mental health. It is important to be around other like-minded people and teamwork is a major factor in this. Be it basketball, football, doubles tennis, soccer or cricket, a sense of camaraderie with your teammates can lead to friendships you might not otherwise have had which help to promote better mental well-being. The other aspect of entering an amateur sporting league is that it can give you a sense of purpose and focus, which helps maintain a solid outlook that can translate to other aspects of life as well.
As you can see, there are many positive health reasons to join an amateur sports league and almost any sport you might prefer will have an amateur league available. So get out there, get healthy and have some fun!