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Discover Your Inner Athlete in an Adult Sports League

Want to Get Fit? Get Back in the Game!

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Sports fans around the world become glued to their TV sets during certain times of year. They cheer on their teams and live vicariously through amazing athletes who are playing their hearts out in games, tournaments and playoffs.

But do you ever think about taking to the court, hardwood, or diamond to participate in a team sport yourself instead of watching it on TV or going through the motions on your Wii Fit? If you ever played a team sport, you know how much you miss it once you stop playing. If you never played sports, it's not too late to join a team. Adult sports leagues can help former athletes relive their glory days and hopeful athletes get a taste of team spirit.

Here are four good reasons to join an adult sports league even if you don't consider yourself an athlete.

Reason #1: Break out of your mundane exercise routine.
Do you get tired of doing the same workout over and over again? Has the treadmill become the dreadmill? Break free! Sports like basketball, tennis, flag football and soccer offer an amazing cardio (aerobic) workout that can become a great addition or supplement to your current workouts. When you play a sport, you'll have so much fun that you won't think of your games or matches as exercise. And because you have a sport to play, you'll be inspired to get in better shape, which gives you more purpose and motivation to stick to a regular fitness routine. It's a win-win!

Reason #2: Learn (or hone) a new skill.
Is there a sport that you have always wanted to play but just never learned? Is your tennis serve getting rusty but practicing always ends up at the bottom of your to-do list? Whether it's golf, volleyball or bowling that interests you, joining a league will help you learn a new sport that you can enjoy for years to come. When you find an activity that you enjoy, your chances of sticking with it are higher, especially as you sharpen your skills and see yourself improving over time. Practice makes perfect!

Reason #3: Develop some new friendships.
Joining a recreational sports league is a great way to meet new people and spark new friendships. You'll find yourself in the company of others with whom you'll have at least one common interest—talk about an icebreaker! By playing with them once or twice a week, you are bound to develop some good relationships. If you're new in town or simply like to meet people, sports leagues are a fun and out-of-the-box way to expand your social network.
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Member Comments

  • I agree with CEVIZAGACE... being an adult means I do NOT have to do the team athletic stuff I was forced to do in my youth. I am 62, and no way in H--- am I joining a team. I am enjoying adapted yoga and chair exercises, as well as extensive walking. My inner athlete is a solo walker. My primary doc and chiropractor are happy with this and so am I. - 10/26/2015 11:21:34 AM
    One of the advantages of being grown up is imho not having to join a team. I hated team sports as a primary school kid and perhaps even more in high school. - 7/18/2015 8:23:37 AM
  • Great article. - 7/25/2013 9:52:41 AM
  • Good article. I need to get more active and try something new - 2/11/2013 10:45:04 PM
  • I am intrigued by Pickle Ball. I have been hearing about it lately, and it sounds like it would be perfect for me. I used to love to play tennis, although I was never good, it was great exercise and I enjoyed playing a game with hubby occasionally. But then I gained mega weight and couldn't move anymore, so we quit. Now, I would like to try Pickle Ball, it sounds like a low-impact version of tennis, with lighter rackets and balls, but still plenty of activity, chasing that ball around. I think it's even played on a regular tennis court. - 10/12/2011 9:54:13 AM
  • A few years ago I learned to play tennis at the gym but it is now too costly for me. The Y sounds like a great idea. Ball and chain I think I'll check out the website, just hope I can hang around my age bracket(40ish).

    Hey Red. I remember when roller derby was very popular and they showed it on television. I was scared to go to the local roller rink because I thought it was going to be like roller derby. Silly me.

    Eclipse, maybe you can start something. There may be people in your area that would like to get together and do similar things without a lot of costs.

    - 7/11/2011 11:39:45 PM
    You can also try for sports leagues. - 7/11/2011 6:28:22 PM
  • Another sport not included in the list is Roller Derby! I have been playing roller derby for 4 years now. Roller derby is a fascinating and fun sport because no one grew up playing it. So when you start, no one expects you to know anything. Also, derby teams are made up of kinds of shapes and sizes and skill level. When I started, I hadn't been on roller skates for 20 years!

    You can find local leagues through for women. Men's leagues are popping up all over too! http://www.mensde

    - 7/11/2011 10:43:01 AM
  • There is nothing like this where I live, at least for someone my age. I still think I am in good enough shape to play any sport, but all the leagues here are for younger people :( - 8/15/2010 11:18:26 AM
  • Great article. - 3/12/2010 1:08:32 AM
  • I always wanted to try out for the girls soccer team in school, but my dad was always the strict, macho type and wouldnt let us play sports claiming that sports were for boys (he wouldnt let me buy a truck for the same reason when I got my license). I know there is a girls soccer team in town, but they are competative. I would love to join a recreational soccer league though. My husband played soccer all his life minus the last 4 years or so and he's anxious to get back into it. It would be so awesome if we could both find a league. But on different teams, he's too competitive for me. - 1/11/2010 4:27:36 PM
  • I started playing adult co-ed soccer 3 years ago. I was 35 years old and although I was somewhat in-shape, I found out that soccer required much more fitness and strength.

    It took me about 18 months to get into good enough shape where I can play for a couple of hours and not die from soreness the next day.

    I have had so much fun playing and made some new friends and totally enjoyed myself. I now play year around - about 5 seasons a year - 3 outdoor and 2 indoor.

    This indoor season, I decided to play keeper. It was humbling to give up 7 goals the first game since I had no clue what I was doing. Luckily I studied and learned keeper techniques on the web and have posted 2 shutout games! Woo hoo!

    For anyone considering joining an adult league - I totally recommend it! - 12/6/2009 10:45:24 PM
  • I just started in a bowling league and a dart team. I am enjoying the social time as much as gaining new skills. - 10/20/2009 12:50:30 PM
    My husband just talked me into joining a co-ed soccer rec league..I was so nervous since i'd never played before. I love it, I'm so glad I did! - 8/16/2009 6:20:28 PM
  • This is very informational! i've been thinking about joining either a volleyball league or a soccer league but i haven't been able to find one around the cleveland OH area. I hope to find one soon because i really enjoyed playing back in the day and i hope to get back in shape soon. - 8/4/2009 8:48:37 AM

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