It's never too late to pick up a new sport, ever. Follow these 5 tips to decide which sport you should take up next!
Stepping into the new year thinking that you could do with a new hobby or two?
Picking up a sport is definitely a great way to put find a new best version of yourself.
Here are 5 top tips to find your new sporting passion – it could be your next life-altering decision yet!
Looking for a new sporting hobby to get passionate about can be tricky. There's always a fear that you may overcommit and over-invest in clothing and equipment, before realising it's not for you.
One way to tackle this is by checking out sports that don't require deep pockets or a big financial commitment to get involved with – only invest in the gear or technical products once you are sure that this is the sport you want to stick to. This can also apply to gym memberships and group classes for your new hobby.
Consider joining virtual workouts, or free trial sessions. It's a great way for first-timers to get involved without committing to anything in the long term. You won't feel nervous trying out something new for the first time in front of people you don't know, and can still receive positive feedback from your coach or instructor.
You could also pick up sports that don't require so much finances if you only practicing it at a beginner level, like running or hiking.
There's no better way to get motivated than having friends or a close social circle to spur you on.
Look at it this way: Not only will you be able to find a new activity to pick up, practicing this new hobby together will also lend you pockets of opportunity to develop your friendship further.
Having a friend around could make the learning curve more comfortable from the get go as well!
Convenience definitely matters. When it comes to trying new hobbies, a perfectly normal flow of thought would be to check out whatever facilities and sports clubs are available to practice near you – after all, you don't want to waste time travelling only to discover that you don't want to commit to it in the long run!
Noticed that your local park has a football pitch? Or that your neighbourhood has a basketball court? Or that the PCN has a nice route for running? Find a friend or two and start playing or going the distance together.
If you still don't know where or how to start, the simplest way would be to circle back to what makes you the most happy.
Does basking in the great outdoors put a smile on your face? Like feeling the wind in your hair and the sun on your skin. In that case, look to picking up something outdoors then, like hiking or cycling.
Or does being in water make you feel calm? Like nothing can beat the carefree ebb and flow of the ocean? Then maybe something like surfing, wakeboarding or kayaking may be up your alley.
But of course, if being outdoors isn't your cup of tea at all, then maybe it would do you better to consider indoor sports like cross-fit, yoga, pilates, rock climbing, or even mixed martial arts.
You may already be closer to your new hobby than you initially thought.
If you've already attained a good level of health and fitness but are just craving some new, many sporting experts believe that making the transition to another similar sport isn't as difficult as some may think.
It makes sense – you've already developed a good foundation for a certain type of fitness or muscle group. This also applies to your movement patterns, which are believed to be similar across a wide range of sporting pursuits, meaning you'll already have an edge over other first-timers.
Of course, don't expect yourself to immediately be a pro at your new hobby – there will still be areas you'll need to learn and adapt to improve for, but that's the fun part right?
Here are a few sports and their spin-offs for some inspiration:
- Walking: Hiking, Nordic walking, Geocaching
- Running: Trail running, Duathlon, Triathlon
- Gym/Fitness: Cross-training, Pilates, Yoga
- Badminton: Tennis, Table tennis, Squash
- Boxing: Kickboxing, Judo, Karate, MMA, Jiu-jitsu
- Skateboarding: Surfing, Wakeboarding, Waveboarding
- Ice-skating: Rollerblading
- Kayaking: Canoeing, SUP
- Basketball: Netball, Volleyball
These aren't hard and fast rules, and can also work vice versa.
Still feeling a little unsure of how to approach your new hobby?
Don't worry, continue discovering more guides below on how you can discover or equip yourself for various sports!