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Finding The Sport That Best Suits Your Personality

Sally Perkins explains how sport has long played a role in the development of communities and cultures.

The number of fitness enthusiasts in the UK is on the rise, with 28.6 million reporting they completed at least two and a half hours of moderate-intensity physical activity each week between May 2018 and May 2019. Many of these are not pro athletes, but ordinary people are jogging and swimming their way to a healthier life.

Sports have long played a role in the development of communities and cultures. Whether you love to be active or have nightmares about being picked last on the football field, there are sport options out there for you.

Team And Individual Sports

From the Olympic Games to senior centres, you can find people of all shapes and sizes participating in team and individual sports. Sometimes they are competitive, other times just for entertainment. Even if you do not consider yourself the sportiest person, think through how you would like your active time to look and feel.

If you would like the experience to be quiet, controlled, and meditative, consider taking up an individual sport. For those who would prefer it to be an extension of their social life, team sports help you make new friends and strengthen bonds with old ones.

Per Your Personality

Playing sports is a quick way to build confidence while highlighting a person’s strengths and testing their weaknesses. No matter your personality type, sports are indeed for everyone. For those who like to take charge, stepping up to lead a football or basketball team is a great option. These are teams that will need you to help make decisions and keep everyone moving forward, even after a loss.

For more empathetic and thoughtful personality types, a partner sport like tennis might be a good fit, as you can stay in tune with how your teammate is feeling and lift them when they need it most. If you are more introverted or prefer to call all the shots, perhaps an individual sport like distance running or golf might better suit you.

Do Not Forget To Have Fun

No matter what type of sport you try, the key is always to remember to keep it light and have fun. When you enjoy yourself, you are sure to keep coming back for more. Think through what you enjoy doing on holiday. If you enjoy visiting the beach, perhaps you might enjoy swimming laps. For those who love to be in nature, maybe trail cycling or horseback riding is the way to go. Anyone who appreciates extra social time should consider a sport in which you can laugh and joke with your mates between plays, like cricket.

Sport can mean many things to many people. Ultimately, sport is for your health, and you can choose to fit it into your life. Take the time to try different activities until you find one that suits your lifestyle and energy level. Remember, it’s not about being the best, but about enjoying your time staying active!

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About the Author

Sally Perkins is a professional freelance writer with many years' experience across many different areas. She made a move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her. When not at work, Sally enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with her family, and travelling as much as possible.