Thursday, 4 December, 2014 - 20:06

An alternative to team sports

by MeganC

Team sports are played, televised, and talked about across the world. However, not much publicity is given to the alternative things that we can do to improve our fitness. Although I participated in games such as hockey and netball at school, I often disliked the pressure of competitive sports. Whilst the social aspect of team games is beneficial, there are many other activities that we can do in order to maintain good health.

Sports such as netball and football are not ideal for everyone, but exercising alone is not always the best alternative. If you are anything like me, you need to exercise with other people in order to maintain motivation. This is why I, personally, have found the perfect solution in group exercise classes.

With fitness classes, you get the best of both worlds; you avoid the pressure of competition, but you never have to exercise alone. Having recently moved to a foreign country, I have found that partaking in exercise classes is also a great way of getting to know people who share your goals and interests. As with team sports, group exercise can be both a social and sporty activity.

Thanks to the diversity of group exercise classes available, you don’t have to worry if you’re not particularly gifted in certain aspects of sports. Whilst I struggle with coordination in classes such as zumba, I have discovered classes such as Pilates, yoga and spinning which are more suited to my own skills. Whether you like dancing, cycling, or a more relaxed form of exercise, there will always be a class that will suit your own hobbies.

Group exercise is proof of the fact that fitness can be fun. If you are looking for a new hobby, or simply just a change to your normal routine, I would recommend group exercise classes as a great way of meeting new people whilst also staying healthy.  

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