If you are finding yourself in a rut, feeling down, depressed, unmotivated or drinking every night and weekend to survive the working week it might be time to consider taking up a sport to find a new sense of meaning and belonging.
When recommending a sport to my clients I will always make an assessment based on their personality type, physique and attitude towards exercise. The reason I do this is to give the individual the best possible chance of succeeding. In saying this if a client is 120kgs and wants to be a marathon runner I will not discredit this person and make them feel bad as I feel it is important to lift other's up, but I will say "let's focus on getting to 100kgs and walk running 5kms first and build up from there." This is part of keeping the goal realistic. If someone sets a goal that is a really long way away it is important to bring that goal back a bit and keep that person building until they achieve the big goal they have set themselves. Setting short and long term goals can be useful in this situation. Once the individual has achieved their first short term goal another short term goal should be set for progression purposes, to hold the client accountable and to keep them motivated.
If you are quite a social person who loves talking, bit of an extrovert then a team sport like touch, soccer or AFL could be your calling. If you are more of an introvert then getting into endurance sport might be your calling to experience being at one with nature and the world. This is not to say that an introvert can't play team sports as this could be a chance for that individual to gain confidence, come out of their shell and really grow as a person, or an extrovert to experience what it's like in a quiet endurance environment to reflect for personal growth. This is just a guide from my own personal experiences that I hope will help motivate you to find more people that share similar values and interests to you.
If you are reading this blog and looking at changing your life by starting up a new sport send me an email and book in for a free 1 hour coaching appointment and I will help you get started on your journey!!
About the Author
Nic Rider is a corporate health and well-being coach with 8 years experience in the health and fitness industry. He is one of the top age group triathletes in Australia practicing what he preaches as he believes in leading by example to help inspire others. Nic has coached 100's of corporate professionals to start exercise, lose weight, build muscle and improve cardiovascular health along with injury rehabilitation. He has coached clients to run marathons and participate in triathlons along with climb mountains in the Himalayas.