Monday, April 8, 2013

Guest post by Jordan Spindler

Tips for Keeping Yourself Motivated in Sports

Being active, having fun and staying healthy are just some of the benefits of playing sports. But if you lack the motivation to be athletic, you probably won’t get the results you’re looking for. There are many ways to keep yourself motivated while playing sports and exercising.

It’s easy to be intimidated by the prospect of working out or playing sports. Will I do well? Will I be safe? Can I handle the physical aspects? In the grand scheme of things, keep in mind that pain is temporary but pride can last forever. You can take great pride simply in knowing that you saw it through to the end, and that will keep you motivated through future endeavors. Of course, you should never push yourself too hard, and it’s important to know your boundaries, but once you are aware of your limits, just completing a task will make you feel better about yourself.

There are other things to consider as well. Are you trying to improve your health? If you want to lose weight, improve your strength or lower your blood pressure, playing sports can keep your body fit and in shape. And even if you already consider yourself to be in reasonable shape, you should still strive to maintain your good health. By playing sports, especially as you get older, you’re staying physically active and can possibly add years to your life.

Also, friends and family can provide excellent motivation. Pick a buddy to join you in a game of basketball or soccer, or take a swim with members of your family. Your mind will be at ease when you have a trusted acquaintance with you to share in the experience, and you’ll find it much easier to work toward achieving your goal.

If you want to get in shape to improve your sporting abilities, consider indoor cycling. Indoor cycling is a great way to tone up and work out key parts of your body. If you do decide to try indoor cycling, remember to invest in a good pair of Spinning shoes. The benefits of Spinning shoes are numerous, as they can actually help you to burn more calories and work more muscle groups. If indoor cycling isn’t for you, you can also benefit from other cardiovascular activities.

Focus, courage and hard work are the keys to succeeding in sports. Give it your all, and exercise every day to stay in shape. You’ll also want to consume healthy foods and learn everything you can about the theories, practices and techniques that your sport demands. Be persistent, and you’ll always be at the top of your game.

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