Joining a team sport
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