Joining a Sports Team is the Best Way to Reach Your Fitness Goals

Joining a sports team can bring many benefits, but one of the biggest is that it can help you achieve your fitness goals. Whether you’re keen to lose weight or put on muscle, sports will help you do just that.

How? Allow me to explain in the points below:

Women playing on a field hockey team

Sports teams are great ways to get fit and have fun. Pexels, CC0 License.

You’re Extremely Active

Joining a sports team automatically makes you more active than you used to be. When you join a team, you commit to their training regimes and patterns. This could mean getting together once or twice during the week to train, and again at the weekend to play matches against other teams. All in all, this keeps you extremely active. The more active you are, the better it is.

You’ll be amazed at how many calories you’ll burn after a couple of training sessions with a sports team. Playing sports is simply the best cardio training you can do, as it keeps your body working at all times with small intervals. It’s like HIIT, but you don’t feel like you’re actually working out, which makes it even better.

You Train Like an Athlete

If you join a sports team, then you’ve joined a team that’s serious about winning matches and being the best. As a result, the coach will push all the team members to get into the best shape possible, and to be athletic. This means they encourage you to train with weights, as well as enjoying the cardio benefits of the actual sport you play.

Your coach could get you all to the gym for a couple of times per week, or at least give you exercises to do with weights in your spare time. By doing this, you can start gaining muscle and being more toned. Plus, as seen in these weight loss mistakes, lifting weights also speeds up your metabolism which can help you shed some body fat. So, athletic training is the way forward as it can help you strike that perfect balance between muscle gain and fat loss.

You’re More Motivated in a Team Environment

Simple psychology tells us that we’re more motivated in a team environment. When you’re in a group, you have lots of other people around you egging you on and getting you to work hard. If everyone is working hard and pushing themselves, it only serves to push everyone else to go harder and harder as well!

Not only that, but there’s an element of jealousy involved too. You may see people on your team that look better than you and want to work hard, so you’re in the best shape on the team. It sounds silly, but it can help you stay motivated and work even harder than you would if you were on your own.

If you’re serious about being fit and staying healthy, I’d recommend joining a sports team. All sports are great sports, just find a team that suits you and that you feel you’d be comfortable joining. If you’re in college or university, then you’ll find your institution has so many different teams to join. Give it a go if you want to see some massive fitness improvements.  


The Challenges of Going Green (And Why It’s Still Worthwhile)

These days, more people are realizing the importance of living in a cleaner and greener kind of way. But it’s not as easy as we all wish it was. Green lifestyles come with their own problems and challenges. You have to be prepared to deal with these if you’re going to live successfully with a green lifestyle. Here are some of the main issues that you’ll face, and why it’s still worth doing more to go green.

Tech Problems

There are some problems that will necessarily arise when you are using technologies that allow you to will in a green way. For example, you might be using new energy saving appliances in the home. Sometimes, these tech items are brand new, and they can be relatively untested.

This can lead to problems and issues with things breaking down. These teething problems just have to be accepted and overcome if you want to push forward and become greener. Even solar panels can experience difficulties; repairing solar panels can be necessary sometimes. Make sure that you let an expert take care of that work, though.

Problems can occur with new eco-friendly technology

Leave repairs of green technologies, such as solar panels, up to the experts. Image via Pixabay.

Changing Your Everyday Behavior

For many people, this is the most challenging thing of all. Breaking those simple everyday habits that you’re so used to can be a real struggle for some people. It’s a struggle that you should work hard at, though. You might occasionally forget to recycle things or turn the lights off or conserve water.

But if you start to pick up on these mistakes and correct them, you will eventually get into the habit of doing things differently. We’re all creatures of habit, so it’s not going to be easy for you, but it certainly can be done.

Sometimes Sacrificing Convenience and Ease

It’s occasionally necessary to sacrifice some of the modern world’s ease and convenience when you want to go green. You have to do without some of the things that make life simpler.

For example, you might want to cut down on the amount of plastic you use and throw away. But if you choose to do that, you will have to cut down on the amount of quick, processed and packaged food you buy from supermarkets each week. It’s definitely a positive step, but that doesn’t make it any easier for you to implement. That’s just one example of how convenience may have to be sacrificed a little.

Environmentally friendly actions in your house

Going green within the home may mean sacrificing a bit of convenience. Flickr Photo.

Why You Should Still Do Everything Possible to be Greener

After reading all the things above, you might be wondering why you should bother going green at all. But that’s the wrong conclusion to draw. In fact, you should see these challenges as worth overcoming because you have a very positive impact on our environment if you do.

Still not convinced? Well, the biggest issue for most ordinary people is the financial side of things. If you start conserving energy and water, and looking to clean, renewable alternatives, you can save your family a lot of money. That’s why you should push ahead regardless.

Thinking More Deeply about Your Health

When it comes to preserving our health, we all tend to think about things on the surface level. We eat healthily because we want to keep our stomachs flat, and we exercise because we want to keep our entire physique in shape. Whilst the end goal in both those cases may still be a healthier body, granted that the methods utilized to achieve those objectives are healthy and viable methods in the long-term, there are so many other areas of personal health which women often ignore because they don’t have any “surface-level” symptoms.

Living healthily shouldn’t be something we do for vain reasons on the outside; it should be something we do based on what’s happening on the inside. Perhaps you’re not quite sure what else you could be doing to look after yourself on a daily basis; your life is quite busy, and it’s already time-consuming to squeeze exercise in amongst your schedule. Well, here are just a few areas of your health that you might or might not be neglecting if you want some food for thought.

Woman with a headache on couch

This woman’s headache may be an indication of lack of sleep. Let’s think on a deeper level when it comes to health. Pexels, CC0 License.

Your sleeping pattern

Sleep might seem like a tame suggestion to put at the top of any woman’s list, but you shouldn’t underestimate its importance to your overall physical and mental health. Failing to sleep for a sufficient amount of time each night could lead to a lack of concentration during the day, headaches, and proneness to falling sick (as your body will be weaker). Your body should tell you if you’re getting enough sleep, and the ideal amount differs from person to person.

The rough estimate is 8 hours per night in terms of how much sleep the average person should get, but some may only need 7 and others may need 9. If you’re struggling to sleep then you need to look at why that is. Insomnia is something you should discuss at a clinic, but often the cause of sleeplessness is not mental; watching TV, drinking caffeine, or anything else which might stimulate your mind are all things which you should be avoiding before bed.

Your eyes

Your eyes are a precious and vital component of your body, but we often abuse them without realizing it. Perhaps your vision is fine and you’ve never felt the need to consider whether anything was wrong with your eyes, but it might be worth booking an ophthalmologist appointment because there’s more to look after with your eyes than just your vision. Conditions such as glaucoma and cataracts are things you want to catch early. As mentioned at the beginning of this article, some aspects of our health aren’t visible on the surface; instead of worrying about wearing glasses, think about the health of your eyes.

Dental hygiene is important

Keep your mouth healthy – for more than just the white appearance. It’s all about a deeper level of health. Pexels, CC0 License.

Your teeth

Dental hygiene should be at the top of your priority list too. Again, you shouldn’t just be thinking about how white your teeth look; the health of your pearly whites is far more important, and that isn’t determined by appearance. You should be looking after your gums to prevent them receding, as this can lead to tooth loss. Flossing daily and brushing your teeth twice or perhaps even three times a day is the key to keeping your mouth healthy.

Woman sits in nature, silencing her thoughts

She sits in nature and silences the chatter of her mind. Pexels, CC0 License.

Your mind

Finally, but most importantly, look after your mind. Our thoughts are something we can’t control, but we can learn to reflect and calm down our noisy minds now and again. Practice meditation because you’ll find that living in the present moment helps to stop the chatter, worrying, and stress. This is vital to a woman’s mental and your physical health because a stressed mind can have adverse effects on the body.