Team sports are something that not everyone is a fan of. However, participating in team sports, whether you’re a child of ten or an adult of 30, comes with many benefits, both for your mental and physical health, as well as for your social skills.
For years, team sports have been recommended for kids for a range of reasons, but when it comes to adult fitness, the gym or jogging is normally the fitness option of choice. However, team sports can be just as beneficial for adults as they can for children, maybe even more so. Especially as, today a large percentage of the population are either overweight or obese, meaning that regular exercise is incredibly important.
Whether you’re someone who enjoys playing basketball, football, or taking part in races as part of a swimming team, it doesn’t matter.
The sport that you choose to take part in doesn’t matter, all that matters is that you’re making the time and effort to get involved and join a local team.
Benefits of Team Sports
Participating in a team sports, regardless of you age, comes with many benefits, some of which are listed below.
1. Builds Confidence
Say you choose to take up football and win various football trophies and awards while you’re part of the team. Naturally, it’s going to give your confidence a boost.
Studies have shown that for adults and children alike, taking part in team sports can offer a fantastic confidence boost. So, if you’re someone who’s in need of a little more self-esteem, then joining a sports team could be the answer.
2. Provides Consistent Exercise
Another benefit of participating in team sports is that they provide consistent exercise.
Research has shown that to stay healthy (and happy), adults require at least 30-minutes of exercise a day.
The great thing about taking part in team sports is that even if there’s only a game once a week, you will also have practice sessions to attend, providing you with consistent exercise.
A lot of adult sports players find that when they join a sports team, their desire to exercise on their own increases because they want to improve their physical fitness and improve their match play. So, instead of putting off those early morning gym sessions, they’re raring to go.
3. Meeting New People
As we get older, a lot of us struggle to meet new people and make new friends.
The good news is that by joining a sports team, regardless of your age, meeting new people and making new friends becomes easier than ever.
When you spend a few hours a week training and playing as a team, you become close to your teammates quickly and build strong bonds with them.
Of course, you do meet people at work and at the school gates, but there’s no better way to build a strong bond with others than by playing as part of the same sports team.
4. Teaches Importance of Teamwork
There’s a reason why your boss always sets up sports events for team building days, and that’s because playing a team sport is a great way to learn about teamwork. So, if you work in a role that requires you to work as part of a large team of people, playing team sports could be incredibly good for your career, because it will teach a lot about teamwork and will allow you to hone your teamwork skills.
The next time you have a big group presentation, you will be clued up of what’s expected of you when it comes to working as part of a team.
5. It Makes Exercise More Fun
Last but certainly not least, another benefit of participating in team sports is that it makes exercise more enjoyable.
A lot of the time exercise can be somewhat dull and boring, which can put us off of making time to workout. However, with team sports, that’s rarely the case, as no two matches or practices are the same.
Playing team sports, whether that’s football, hockey, or baseball, gives you an outlet for your stress and makes working out a lot more fun.
Team sports really do come with a lot of different benefits.
There’s a common misconception that team sports are more for kids than adults when actually that’s not the case.
Believe it or not, playing team sports can be just as beneficial for adults as it can for children, maybe even more so. So, if you’ve been thinking about joining a local sports team, do it – you won’t regret it.