It’s Never Too Late … Learn A New Sport
You can learn a variety of sports no matter how old you are. You may want to forget tackle football, but golf, swimming, tai chi, tennis and other racket sports such as squash, racket ball, badminton, and table tennis can be enjoyed by many adults at varying ages.
More than ever before, you have the opportunity to employ the Internet to learn a new sport or expand your capabilities in existing sports. On Squidoo, for example, you can receive step-by-step instruction by qualified experts on topics from where to sign up for lessons, how to buy the right equipment at the right place, how to enhance your skills, and where to find camps, schools, and instruction.
Family Circle offers techniques and tips on everything from surfing to rock climbing to Zumba. While geared towards women and children, the information provided here is of value to anyone seeking to become proficient at a new sport. For whatever sport you wish to take on, here are some basic tips to help you succeed:
— Learn the rules of the game. For some sports, the rules are long and involved. For others, such as hiking, a simple tip sheet will suffice. In any case, stand on the shoulders of masters and reduce your learning time: read the articles and instruction guides, or learn from audios/videos on how to engage in the sport.
— If the sport requires equipment, rent at first if you can, or find good second-hand equipment online by searching sites such as www.craigslist.com. Don’t plunk down a chunk of change before you know what you’re doing. If you live near a Play It Again Sports store, see what’s available. You could be saving lots of money while achieving maximum enjoyment.
— As with nearly every new endeavor, practice practice practice. You can read about an activity, you can watch instructional guides, and you can watch the real thing, but only your own physical engagement will give you a vivid idea of whether or not this activity is for you.
— Pace yourself. You can’t learn all at once, and your body may be unforgiving if you try. Weekend warriors end up with more sprains, aches, and pains than those who take a more measured approach.
— If you’re already fit, your path to mastery is likely to be shorter than otherwise. If you’re not starting out quite as fit, then allow for realistic ramp-up time.
— As you improve, seek more instruction and/or more lessons. Those who become proficient don’t tend to rest on their beginner laurels.