You’d like to get fit but have no idea which sport to choose? Here are five criteria that will help you make an informed choice.
1. Your personality
Do you love sports? Activities such as mountain biking, skiing and climbing are ideal for surpassing yourself. If you prefer to relax or be in harmony with nature, think about trying yoga, tai chi, hiking or canoeing. You’re a homebody? Exercising in your pool, lifting weights or jumping rope will allow you to keep fit at home.
2. Your preferences
Naturally, your choice depends on what appeals to you. You love expressing yourself creatively, or chatting as you work out? You prefer the great outdoors and thrills? You won’t be able to socialize as much if you choose weightlifting over a team sport, and dancing is more artistic than running.
3. Your goals
Do you have specific goals? If you want to improve your flexibility or endurance, for instance, find out about the benefits of sports that appeal to you and then pick one that will help you to reach your objectives.
4. Your free time
Time is an important factor. Cardio classes will probably take up less of your time than a tennis match, for example.
Cost is sometimes a deciding factor, but other criteria also have to be taken into account, such as time and location. Signing up for a class whose schedule constantly forces you to rush or to travel long distances could end up discouraging you in the long run.
Yoga, skiing, soccer or maybe ballet: have you made your choice?