Steps to Follow When Choosing Your Leisure Sport
How do you know which recreational sport is right for you? While this is a simple question, it may not have a simple answer. Before answering this question, it’s good to know the definition of recreational sport. In simple terms, recreational sports are any activity or sporting event that a person does during his spare time. In other words, it is an activity or sporting event which is done primarily for entertainment and enjoyment. While in some cases there may be monetary rewards associated with leisure time sports, that is usually not the primary goal. Other reasons associated with participating in recreational activities include: fitness, health, socialization, competition and sports support among others.
There are several choices of recreational activities available for all age categories from indoor to outdoor. Making a decision about which option to pursue can be a real challenge and it varies greatly from one person to another. For former professional athletes, the decision may be easier especially if they continue to participate in their previous professional sport (i.e. recreational level). The big task of choosing the right recreational sport is on the beginner. To make the right choice if you are a beginner, it is important to consider the following general guidelines:
- Choose a sport you understand and enjoy:
Recreational sports are part of your lifestyle and therefore need to be entertaining and enjoyable. Picking something you don’t like or don’t know about can be frustrating even if your friends like it. It makes sense to go after something you know the rules and regulations for. However, this doesn’t mean one can’t learn a new sport or game, but it’s easier to do if you like the sport.
- Consider your goals and objectives:
As noted above, there are various reasons that encourage people to engage in recreational sports. Choosing a sport that suits your goals, for example losing weight will only enrich the overall recreational experience. Some people looking for recreational exercise to help shed extra pounds may benefit from running, jogging, walking, hiking or swimming among other high-calorie-burning sports activities as opposed to playing cards or video games. On the other hand, a person looking for recreational sports that support socialization may benefit from the latter.
- Facilities, equipment and equipment required:
Different recreational sports may require different equipment, facilities or equipment or in some cases may not require any at all. These tools, facilities or equipment can also vary depending on the needs of each person. For example, if you want to play golf for recreation, you should definitely buy golf clubs, balls, and maybe shoes. You will also need an available and accessible golf course to play. In some cases if you have more than one favorite recreational sport, you may have to choose the more comfortable one based on the availability of facilities. It makes more sense to run on a nearby track especially if you come home from work late at night than having to drive several miles to get to the golf course (i.e. if you like golf and running).
- Availability of time:
Since recreational sports are hobby sports, choosing the right one can be determined by how much free time is available. Some recreational sports are more time consuming than others. In addition, some of these sports can only be played outside. Where some sports such as running, jogging, walking, playing tennis, playing basketball or swimming offer options both indoors and outdoors, some of them, for example playing golf, hiking, kayaking, surfing among others do not. The more time you have, the more options to choose from and vice versa.
While this may not be a big problem for people who live along the equator geographically, it definitely affects people who live in areas with winter and summer climatic seasons. Some recreational sports such as those requiring snow may only be available during winter and only in some parts of the world. So, if skiing is the only favorite recreational sport that you can participate in, it means that there are no activities to do most of the year, for example during other seasons. When deciding on the right sport for recreation, it is advisable to have more than one option especially in situations where one of them is affected by changing seasons.
- Number of participants required:
While most sports require the participation of more than one person at a time, some can be entered individually. If your schedule doesn’t allow for group or team participation, it’s a good idea to choose a recreational sport that allows you to participate on your own. Jogging, walking, swimming, cycling, and running are all great examples.
As mentioned earlier, this is not an exhaustive list of guidelines, but it is only meant to give you an idea of how to choose the best sport that will make your recreational life a success. Remember the point is fun and entertainment.