So, you’ve decided to make sports an integral or at least a semi-integral part of your life for whatever reasons you may have. Maybe you want to adopt a healthier lifestyle, maybe you have a child who’s into sports, and you want to share it with them, or maybe you genuinely think you’ll enjoy this new addition to your life, regardless, right about now you are surely wondering what are the ways you can boost and fuel a passion for this activity you are going to include in your life from now on.
So whether you want to go for some tennis, a little soccer, basketball or even if you want to play oztag, for any of these sports, here are places you can start to feed your passion:
Get the basics
This is the easiest tip of all. Whatever sport you pick, find out the very basics of it that you need to be at home with. In soccer that might be how to dribble a ball, in baseball, it might be your swing, in basketball, it might be your shoot, and it can even be as simple as learning how to make an average serve in tennis. Learning the basics will allow you to play in a flow without rookie mistakes with other beginners and help you enjoy the sport.
Get the gear
This applies to not only sports but any other activity that you might decide to pick up. Buy the gear related to that activity. For example, if you wish to play soccer buy a full kit with special cleat shoes. If you wish to play basketball, get you some Air Jordans. Buying the gear will give you the incentive to put in the time and as an added plus make you feel like a pro and someone who belongs on the field.
Try to pick a team sport so you can spend time with people who are pursuing the same course you are and feed off of their passion. Spending time around people who are just as interested in the sport will keep you motivated to come back the next day because research has shown that motivation is actually contagious.
Join a club
Joining a local sports club is an excellent way to boost your passion. As mentioned motivation is contagious and being around other people who share your interest will keep you motivated. In addition to that, being in a club will give you a sense of belonging and at the same time a sense of commitment which will give you further reason to put in the necessary time an effort.
Spirit of healthy competition
Do not get obsessed with the scorecard! Getting obsessed with winning is the ultimate killer of passion for sports. While this might seem impossible to you, in competitive sports there is the possibility of healthy competition, and it only needs the right mindset. Play for the sake of playing and know that you are benefitting regardless of whether you lose or win. Do you win? Great, celebrate. Do you lose? No problem, you probably learned something, and you played some sport which is great for your mental and physical health. Pay your respects to the winner, and on to the next one, we go.
Every now and then remove the measurements and the feedbacks. Have a day where you do not check for your skill or technique. This will grant you the freedom to enjoy the sport.
Be a fan
Enjoy every aspect of the sport for the most immersive experience. Follow all the biggest events of the sport you are pursuing to learn the most about it and of course, study the greats.