Join­ing a team sport

Good Health (Australia) - - Be Informed - MONIQUE MCKENZIE , FEA­TURES WRITER

Ide­cided to start in­door so­cial soc­cer on Mon­day nights with my friend Lilly be­cause I thought join­ing a team sport would keep me ac­count­able and help mo­ti­vate me through the win­ter months (try­ing to find a car park at a packed gym just wasn’t call­ing my name on cold, rainy days!). Com­mit­ting to the team means I can’t let any­one down and not show up. It also brings out my com­pet­i­tive side as it takes me back to the good old high-school days, and I’m al­ways so sweaty af­ter­wards. Join­ing with a friend was the best de­ci­sion as we car­pooled to and from the games to­gether and got to catch up on the way. I’ve met a bunch of won­der­ful women on the team and also in the teams we play against – ev­ery­one’s su­per-friendly.

My first match wasn’t overly great and my tech­nique needed some work, but Lilly tells me I’m get­ting bet­ter ev­ery week. I can see my fit­ness im­prov­ing – I might still be sweaty af­ter each game but I can def­i­nitely run around more with­out get­ting out of breath. Last week I got my first goal and was so stoked! I get so much sat­is­fac­tion out of small achieve­ments like get­ting a goal; it’s a great way to start the week off on a good note. I might even in­vest in some proper Fut­sal shoes.

Lilly and I are now talk­ing about start­ing up an in­door net­ball team on Wed­nes­day nights too; this would be a mixed team so my part­ner Ryan is keen to join us and we can smash some fit­ness goals to­gether. My ad­vice for any­one want­ing to get their fit­ness back but feel­ing a bit in­tim­i­dated by all of the op­tions is to think back to what you en­joyed in your youth and just go for it. There are so many so­cial teams, it doesn’t mat­ter if you haven’t played that sport in years or haven’t played it at all. As long as you turn up each week and give it your best shot, your team­mates will love you for it, and you’ll see your fit­ness im­prove while mak­ing new friends and hav­ing heaps of fun.

Com­mit­ting to the team means I can’t let any­one down

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