It is never too late to get into sports, no matter what age, skill or ability. Don’t put your dreams aside of getting into a new sport because of fear or lack of time. Or maybe you just don’t know where to begin, so here are four ways to get into sports slowly and successfully.

Start Slowly

If this is the first time that you venture into the world of sports or you are getting back into it after many years, start slow. Choose a sport that although gives your entire body a workout, is gentler on your body.  You may be motivated and have set your sights on the next marathon but your body and pride will thank you for taking it slow. The following low impact sports are great for beginner athletes and won’t cost an arm and a leg if you decide that it is not for you. They are also sports where you can pace yourself and gradually increase your activity:

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  • Swimming
  • Cycling
  • Walking

Try Different Sports

There are so many different types of sports out there so don’t give up if you don’t feel comfortable with the first one that you try. Try something else! If you have always liked playing soccer but you know that you are better at football then trust your instincts. Many recreation centers offer different classes to try out and there are also many specialized gyms that offer a one-week free trial. Take advantage of these options and try different activities until you find the right one for you.

Find a Buddy

Let’s face it; lack of motivation can be our worst enemy when we are trying to get fit. By finding a partner to join you in your quest for fitness, you will make things a lot easier. Committing to somebody other than yourself motivates you more and holds you more accountable for your actions. Not sure where to look? Ask work colleagues or other parents at your child’s school if they are interested in getting fit with you. You can join groups in social media such as Facebook and Twitter or look for sports leagues in your community. You can also use these platforms to invite friends to join you. Universities and colleges also have intramural leagues for all sports offered on campus. If you seek, you shall find!

Set Goals

Before diving into any sports, ask yourself why you want to get into sports in the first place. If you set goals and have a clear picture of why you are doing this then your approach and choice of sport will be different. Say you want to find a way to get fit and socialize at the same time; well you should obviously choose a team sport rather than an individual sport. Know your limitations and don’t set standards that will leave you frustrated and will take the joy out of doing sports.

Getting into sports is no easy feat, especially as we get older but we can do it! Xyngular promotes well-being and supports people who are keen on getting fit. Xyngular reviews on their website, different insights and ways to improve and maintain our health. Check them out for more information!

By Skyler West

Piper Skyler West: Piper, a sports medicine expert, shares advice on injury prevention, athletic performance, and sports health tips.