You’ve probably already heard from your teachers that daily exercise and proper nutrition are crucial for a growing body. Guess what? They’re right! What they might not tell you is that you should try to keep up some serious form of exercise for your whole life. The easiest way to do that is to make a habit of it now!
Sometimes athleticism and fitness are framed as optional¾just two of many potential hobbies. For example, it’s OK if you don’t have a lot of movement in your life, but you know about computers or how to play piano. But if you want to lead a long, healthy life, this isn’t true. Exercise isn’t optional.
That doesn’t mean you have to be involved in team sports. They’re definitely not for everybody. It also doesn’t mean you have to give up your other hobbies. You just need to find a good way to get in a serious work out a few times a week. There are many ways you can do this outside of team sports: running, bicycling and rollerblading are great alternatives.
One of the great things about these activities is that you can do them on your own. An important aspect of maintaining life-long fitness habits is the ability to motivate yourself. As you get older, you won’t always be able to rely on friends to have the same schedule for working out as you do.
If team sports are your thing, don’t let that stop you from learning how to motivate yourself and get exercise on your own. You can spend your free time outside of practice working on form and drills. This won’t just be good for you in the long run, it will also help to improve your game right now!
If you’re already a big fan of regular exercise, good for you! If not, it’s all right¾just get started as soon as you can. Next time it’s sunny outside, go for a jog!