learning a new sport

Every New Year brings with it new aspirations. Largely these revolve around fitness, and trying something new. Well, why not combine these particular goals by trying a new sport? Getting involved in a new sporty hobby has many benefits. To this end, we’ve put together a list of why you should learn a new sport, the number of benefits it leads to, and ultimately, why it’s the best way to reach your goals.

1. Make new friends

When trying anything new, you’re thrown into new situations with new people. This will eventually lead to new friendships. By signing up and learning a new sport – especially if its one you’ve been harbouring an interest for already – you’ll meet like-minded people with the same interest. You’re then put into team-building training scenarios, and maybe even matches, where a likely outcome is friendship. Team-based sports, such as Rugby, Hockey or Football, focus on you and your other team members working together. How well your team does largely counts on how successful you are as a team. This reliance, and relationship on the field, is naturally applied off the field too. Sport relies a lot on trust, a trait necessary for friendships. The two go hand in hand.

2. Learning something new

Learning anything new is exciting, not to mention good for you, and your brain. It challenges you, and improves cognitive functions. We, as individuals, are made to be challenged. It helps us problem solve, in addition to teaching us new skills. Our advice? Pick that one sport that you’ve always liked the idea of, and go for it, without holding back. You’re sure to make mistakes in the beginning (it’s the only way to learn) but it’ll leave you a more rounded, stronger person.

3. Getting yourself out of your comfort zone

Your comfort zone is what it says on the tin: comfortable. While sometimes, it’s great to be comfortable, it’s also great to step outside of this zone, and be uncomfortable. Stepping out will teach you to reimagine your comfort boundaries in addition to making you empowered. Two very good ripples! Learning a new skill, like a new sport, does exactly this. It lifts your spirits, and helps you get out of a rut, as well as widening your horizon.

4. It’s fun

Life can sometimes fall into periods of routine. By trying something new you add some much-needed zing to your life. By trying a sport you’ll be doing this in a healthy way, learning many new techniques, and with every game making friends. While the gym offers an environment for getting fit and healthy, it doesn’t offer an environment to play a game, and have fun while doing it.

While there are many reasons for you to try a new sport, namely, it’s a great way to improve your stamina, flexibility and general wellbeing. In addition, it helps you make new friends by learning something new – something which is well out of your comfort zone. All in all, it makes you a happier and healthier individual.