Sometimes, the best way to get in shape isn’t to join an expensive gym or buy a bunch of equipment, but rather to just spend some good time playing sports. Chances are, you have an adult sports team in your area that you could have a good time with.
These teams are a great way to get in shape at a low cost. First, they provide you with a way to get in your cardio. For most people, this is what they’re missing for their fitness. Whether you’re playing soccer, baseball, basketball, skating, or anything else, you’re probably going to be spending a lot of time running or at least doing some kind of intensive cardio.
This is much different from cardio at the gym, though. At the gym, you’d run on a treadmill or an elliptical. This is a pretty boring movement that you repeat ad nauseam until you feel like you’ve done enough.
If you’re lucky, they might have TVs that you can watch, but if not, you’re just staring at the wall or at the rest of the gym. In sports, on the other hand, you’re doing varied movements that help keep your body more limber and dynamic, and you’re not as likely to get bored.
Instead of just using your legs and walking, you might be using your arms, ducking down, moving side to side, and so on. This makes the workout much more interesting, and time flies fast so it doesn’t feel like you’ve been walking forever.
Another thing joining a team like this does for you is hold you accountable. If you don’t really feel like going to the gym, and you don’t have a gym partner or anything like that, you’re just not going to go.
However, if a team is counting on you to be there, you’re going to be much more likely to show up whether you feel like it or not, because you’re being held accountable. It’s really nice to be able to spend time with new people and do something that you enjoy.
Gyms can get stagnant and boring after some time. It’s much more enjoyable to do something that varies and changes and helps you grow as a person. Combined with the fact that team dues are cheaper than a gym membership, it’s a really great alternative to working out – especially if you’re on a budget.