An 18 year old girl, fitness enthusiast and dedicated Olympic style weightlifter, Level 2 Weightlifting coach, Powerlifter, and non-competitive Irish dancer. I'm determined to live a healthier lifestyle and take care of my body whilst influencing other young people to do so. I never doubt my ability to achieve something; I just change what I'm doing until I succeed.
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I think playing sports is a great way to make friends, get fit and improve your capabilities. Whether they are independent or team sports, learning how to play or do new things can benefit you lots. There are many different sports out there, they are all fitted for many different types of people so don't worry if you aren't the strongest or most flexible. There's bound to be some sort of sport out there which is more appropriate to suit your skills.
What sports should I try?
If you aren't sure which sports you should try, making a list of the ones you aren't keen on may help you. Also listing the things you're good at and things you want to get better at, e.g. flexibility, strength, coordination. Searching for people's opinions on different sports is a good way to make a decision on what you want to try. Think about negatives and positives. Once you've decided on which sport/s you want to try, if you search for clubs in your area you can find a group or coach to train you. If you still aren't sure which sport you want try, asking your friends and family what they suggest could be helpful. Often I've found that my friends do interesting sports which I've decided to try.
Some independant sports you could take up are: Gymnastics, Running, Weightlifting, Crossfit, Swimming, Ice skating, Skateboarding, Golf, High jump, Long jump, Javelin and tons more!
Some group sports you could take up are: Rugby, Football, Netball, Volleyball, Hockey, Cricket, Basketball, Rounders and more! Try taking the bbc quiz which can you to decide on what sports you can try based on how you answer the questions. The quiz will tell you sports which aren't suitable for you, but you don't have to stick to the answers as I recommend trying whatever you want to. Afterwards when you receive your results, the top three sports will be listed followed by a link to more information about the activities.
What sports are suitable for me?
Each sport will have components of fitness which are required to participate and can be improved by regularly uptaking a sport. Here is a list of some of them followed by some sports which can improve the aspects:
I personally recommend trying anything you've never tried before, you never know you could be amazing at it! Even if you aren't amazing at the sport you've chosen, if you don't try you might never improve. In PE classes at school, you may find a certain sport interesting and want to be as good as your other classmates. Why not try participating in a beginners class outside of school or if you can't find a club, searching online for improvement tips. With enough practise and knowledge, you'll be picked for the school team in no time! Heres a link to bbc's sport list and recommendations
I hope you've picked up some inspiration to try out some sports or any activities you've always wanted to try but never felt like you'd never be the best so there was no point. Improvement can happen, but in order to get better you have to practise regularly to get results.