Don’t feel left out if competitive sports aren’t for you
At university, with the huge buzz surrounding sports societies and the social events that come with them, you might, from time to time, feel pressure to get involved. While team sports are great for many, in this blog I’ll be talking about why you don’t need to feel ashamed/ less worthy if you’re not really into that kind of sport.
I for one have never enjoyed team sports. Sure, I’m competitive when it comes to certain aspects of life, but in terms of sports, I couldn’t care less. I remember dreading matches in PE, because I always thought, let’s face it, I’m no athlete, my coordination is pretty shocking, and I was always so scared of messing up, that I came to dislike sport.
I definitely understand the importance of exercise, and I try and incorporate this into my life. But after coming to university and loads of my friends getting involved in big sports teams, I thought- what is out there for someone like me? Someone who wants to keep fit without playing competitively, and which a beginner can do at university? (the only ever sports I’ve done besides PE is the typical swimming and ballet lessons when you’re 8).
Last year I tried a sports society, one that wasn’t even competitive, yet I found that even in the environment of a society, the things that we were told we could work towards, (such as really difficult stretching positions) scared me! So, as you can imagine, I quickly gave up because I just wasn’t enjoying myself.
This then led to me getting a gym membership. All I can say is that I loved the idea of working out at my own pace, just to keep fit. Keeping up a routine of going, however, was a different story. I managed to keep going for about 20 minutes, and then would find myself bored, and unsure if I was even gaining anything.
Then, towards the end of last year, I discovered fitness classes. I mean, I’ve always known they existed, but for some reason have avoided them in fear of looking very out of place. But, I sucked it up, and after my mums’ advice to try pilates, I went along. To my surprise, people of all ages and abilities went along. Something I really liked was how the instructor gave different versions of moves to do based on how far you want to stretch yourself, and she would mostly stay at the front, leading movements, but would occasionally come round and help you adjust. This year, I vow to keep it up and have attended one session a week since the start of term.
I guess the whole point of this blog is just to say, don’t feel pushed into being a part of a huge sporting society, or to be the fittest person in the gym. If you can find something that you enjoy, and don’t dread doing, then try and stick to it. Even if you don’t like the idea of fitness clubs, and would rather commit to walks or jogs or whatever else- do what works for you!I honestly never thought I’d say that I enjoy keeping fit, but that’s just because I always associated fitness with competitive sports, and not any of the possible choices out there.