Hello there bloggies! Welcome to yet another edition of Fitness Friday!

The other day I was having lunch with some of my coworkers out in the lovely summer sun. Somehow, we ended up discussing the sports played all over the world as we all came from different countries (The Netherlands, Canada, China, and USA). It was fascinating to see which sports were played in which countries. Who knew field hockey was so popular in The Netherlands?

Anyway, what struck me was how universal sport was across the world. Sports have always played a major part of my life both as an active player and a spectator. Today on Fitness Friday, I wanted to go in to some of the benefits sports can bring to your fitness routine:

Team Building and Cooperation

In most sports, you end up playing with a group of people or a partner. This requires you to work together with other participants toward a common goal. You must effectively communicate with each other and work to each other’s strengths. If you don’t, you are sunk. Playing on a team together can build relationships quite quickly.

Meet New People and Build a New Community

I think one of the best parts of sports is that you get to meet loads of new people all brought together by the same activity. These people come from all walks of life and have all different sorts of personalities. The one thing they all have together is that sport or activity, whether it is for a soccer team, running club, or tennis league. As an adult, it can be difficult to make new friends and meet new people, so sports can be a great avenue to do so. Plus, these new friends can help you stick to your fitness goals and make fitness a more social endeavor.

Way Easier to Motivate Yourself

Let’s face it, some days it is really really hard to motivate yourself to go to the gym or do your circuit-based workouts. For some reason, gearing yourself up for a sports game is far easier. First of all, you are playing a game. A game is always more fun than a workout. Plus, you’ll get to hang out with all of your teams and compete together. The workout and health benefits almost seem secondary!

Learn New Skills

When you practice a sport, you learn new technical skills and get to make these skills better and better. Being able to hit that curveball in your baseball game, learning how to hit a slice serve, or perfecting how to set up a spike in volleyball all take time to learn but fills you up with fantastic sense of accomplishment when you do. It is fun learning new things and honing on them.

Let’s face it. Sports are fun! They can be a great addition to your fitness routine to help spice up your exercise life. Go out there, play in the game, and meet some great people! Do you all use sports to keep yourself on track in your exercise? Which sports do you play? Comment below or on twitter @DrFsThoughts.

Have a great weekend!

-Dr. F