Taking up a sport (really need advice on this!)

  • Leo123

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    Dec 25, 2010 8:46 PM GMT
    People who do sports seem to have been doing them since an early age.

    Has anyone ever simply started a sport, out of the blue, and managed to stick with it?

    I've only really worked out in life but I figured that I need to take up a sport. The problem is I have NO IDEA which one to pick! I also want to be good at it so, it's got to be something I like and don't feel like quitting after a month or so. I've tried a few sports which I don't like: wrestling, surfing, soccer. I'm "ok" with volleyball but it's not really it..

    How do I choose..? How do I take up a sport?
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    Dec 25, 2010 9:15 PM GMT
    Muscle-worship is a fun sport. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 25, 2010 9:38 PM GMT
    I got dragged into Rugby while in the Navy...After loosing my front teeth, I knew I was in love.
    I didn't know shit about the game and almost backed out; don't let inexperience in something stop you.
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    Dec 26, 2010 12:00 AM GMT
    Leo123 saidPeople who do sports seem to have been doing them since an early age.

    Has anyone ever simply started a sport, out of the blue, and managed to stick with it?

    I've only really worked out in life but I figured that I need to take up a sport. The problem is I have NO IDEA which one to pick! I also want to be good at it so, it's got to be something I like and don't feel like quitting after a month or so. I've tried a few sports which I don't like: wrestling, surfing, soccer. I'm "ok" with volleyball but it's not really it..

    How do I choose..? How do I take up a sport?



    I do it, its fun. But you can't like a sport simply because you're good at it. There has to be something about the sport you like. I started Ultimate even though a lot of kids had done it before college and for quite a long time. You simply suck it up and eventually you'll be skilled aka good.
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    Dec 26, 2010 12:12 AM GMT
    I took up hockey three years ago never having ever played it in my life. It was something I had wanted to try since I was about 12 but had never done it. Now I love it.

    Whatever you pick, you're going to be complete rubbish at. If you're going to quit something after a month because you suck at it, don't start it at all. I was crap in my first year of hockey but I went to all the training sessions and just kept at it and now I'm not half bad. What kept me going was the enjoyment of it, noticing small gains in skill and competence, and enjoying the company of the guys I played with.
  • calibro

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    Dec 26, 2010 12:44 AM GMT
    i took up triathlons when I was 21
  • oyoung

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    Dec 26, 2010 1:04 AM GMT
    calibro saidi took up triathlons when I was 21


    I have also taken triathlons! but when I was 26! lol...
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    Dec 26, 2010 1:09 AM GMT
    I'm about to take up rowing despite having never done it before. As others have said, I don't expect to be good at it to begin with, but I'm confident I'll be able to stick with it as I've used a machine before and enjoyed the rhythm and endurance elements of it.

    I'd emphasise picking a sport you're going to enjoy, not just one you might be naturally more talented or suited to. You can be the best person you know at something, but it's pointless if you're not enjoying yourself when you do it. Otherwise it just becomes another chore.

    If you're unsure how to start a sport, I'd suggest doing a good ol' fashioned Google search. Find some clubs/facilities nearby that meet regularly and go along to one of their events. It'll also be a good chance to meet the people who organise/run the sport and some of the players while getting some info on skills, gear etc. Chances are they'll be friendly and very supportive of you getting involved - and if they seem all elitist and uninterested in new recruits, who needs 'em!
  • TadPohl

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    Dec 26, 2010 1:54 AM GMT
    Leo, the fun of exploring life is the part about exploring.
    My suggestion is to try a whole slew of different sports until you find something that vibes with you. It may not stick immediately, but you may find yourself smiling after a few classes/ tries.
    I tried everything from joining beach volleyball, hockey, fencing, horseback riding, surfing and martial arts, ect...
    The best part of trying these sports is exploring your body's capabilities and meeting new, awesome people.
    As long as you lose the fear of looking dumb, your success is eminent.
    Good luck, brother
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    Dec 26, 2010 1:57 AM GMT
    I took up diving 2 years ago in my junior year of college, and made it to the national meet the next year. I'm now a diving coach for my old college and plan on competing at higher levels until I make it to the Olympic trials. Don't know when that will be, but I'm trying to be optimistic.

    I always had trouble deciding things and eventually that led to late development when it came to playing sports. I'm really good at anything I try, I just didn't try them till later on in school. icon_sad.gif
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    Dec 26, 2010 2:03 AM GMT
    Depending on whether this is something you want to do: alone, with a gay group or with any group, your options will be narrowed down. See what's available, try it and see if you like it.

    Just be sure that you start at an appropriate level of play. Join a group playing to have fun (rather than competitively) and go from there.
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    Dec 26, 2010 2:06 AM GMT
    Explore! There's something out there for everyone. The gays love their softball and bowling. Those are fun team sports. But many cities will have other team sports available in both gay and straight organisations that aren't very expensive. I did flag football through a straight league, just $50 for an 8 week season.

    You might also think about whether your personality is better suited to individual sports or team activities. If you find you dislike losing because your teammates aren't very good, then perhaps an individual sport is better for you. Or maybe team sports that are more recreational will fit the bill. A drinking team with a bowling problem can be an amusing diversion, although not very athletic.

    And you should also consider the expense involved. After trying triathlon almost 3 years ago I realized it was the perfect sport for me, but OMG it can be expensive.

    If you want an inexpensive sport with great cardiovascular benefits take up running. You just have to buy a good pair of shoes and can run anywhere. The shoe shop probably has a running group, or there could be a Front Runners organisation in your city filled with friendly gay and lesbian runners willing to offer a newbie some advice.

    Have fun!
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    Dec 26, 2010 5:46 PM GMT
    Try at least a couple of new ones every year and see what sticks. Some sports that require a lot of equipment or facilities may be accessible through clubs or shops with rental gear.

    My problem is that I keep finding sports that are a blast, but at which I suck. Sometimes it takes a lot of time and shamelessness to reduce the suck.
  • ja89

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    Dec 26, 2010 5:52 PM GMT
    i picked up on sports later in life. i didnt start running or swimming until i was 14. something i just kinda got into, i was HORRIBLE in both. Time will get you better at the sport. You'll learn how to maneuver you body to and to control certain parts of your muscles to do different tasks.
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    Dec 26, 2010 6:05 PM GMT
    step 1: Make a list of all the sports you would like to try.
    step 2: Google them to find information on clubs/facilities in your area
    step 3: Try them
    step 4: Pick the one(s) you like
  • MuscleComeBac...

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    Dec 26, 2010 6:05 PM GMT
    LATE blooming jock for sure here. Took up lifting in my 30s, started SERIOUSLY bodybuilding just this year, at 50/51.
    Kayaking - same.
    Still bike.
    Volleyball, after a long time away from it, getting better, LOVE the benefits the discipline and the mental and physical rewards of all of it.

    Don't put it off!
  • Ritournelle

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    Dec 26, 2010 6:10 PM GMT
    I started boxing four months ago, and am now getting a feel for rock-climbing. The nice thing about being new is that everyone else that likes the sport gets all excited that they get a new convert to give a bunch of advice to. I've never seen so many mid-twenties guys get so giddy before.
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    Dec 26, 2010 6:25 PM GMT
    picking a sport is easy

    the sticking to it part depends. It's been accidental with me.
    When i was 30 , i was very down after being dumped by a girl ( it happens ) , and driving by a small bike shop, i saw this red city bike on the front steps, for sale at $99 , lol. I went in and bought it, impulsively.
    Revelation !
    within a month i had upgraded to a $1000 Casati racer , als on sale, and within the next two months i upgraded it for another $1000 .
    I read everything about road biking, met some new friends who became lifelong friends and introduced me to mountain biking .
    Started racing after a year and kept doing so for the next 10 . Loved it with a passion, still do.

    at the same time i picked up Xcountry skiing, both classic and skating styles
    and running . Started gym in my late forties .

  • Leo123

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    Dec 27, 2010 1:10 AM GMT
    Thanks for the advice.
    I've discussed this with a few friends and here's what we came up with:

    1. I live close to the beach so I can go biking on the beach during the week days. This, plus the gym, would be a good start.
    2. Tennis would be a fun sport that requires less endurance and more tactic, reflex skills, which are skills I'm better at.
    3. Swimming is something I did when I was a kid. I could go back to swimming which is fun but it's also an individual sport.

    We didn't really come up with a team sport, which is the sport I'd like the most...
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    Dec 27, 2010 1:19 AM GMT
    I didn't do much of anything threw to my 20s. In my late 20s I stated running and at 34 stated triathlon. So I think I can say I stuck with running and plan to stick with Tri.

    Picking was easy, I went with what seemed interesting.
  • tuffguyndc

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    Dec 27, 2010 1:20 AM GMT
    Leo123 saidPeople who do sports seem to have been doing them since an early age.

    Has anyone ever simply started a sport, out of the blue, and managed to stick with it?

    I've only really worked out in life but I figured that I need to take up a sport. The problem is I have NO IDEA which one to pick! I also want to be good at it so, it's got to be something I like and don't feel like quitting after a month or so. I've tried a few sports which I don't like: wrestling, surfing, soccer. I'm "ok" with volleyball but it's not really it..

    How do I choose..? How do I take up a sport?
    it seems like you do not really want to pick up a sport. why don't you pick up a activity you can do every so often and it doesn't take any athletic ability at all. why don't you try hiking, biking, you can also try swimming or just running those are activities that you do not need any training for
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    Dec 27, 2010 1:21 AM GMT
    Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
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    Best Sport - BJJ
    Best Competition - CrossFit

    Both with help a lot with fitness and will give you a great community of friends.
  • Lincsbear

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    Apr 28, 2012 11:19 PM GMT
    Try some, see how it goes!

    Best of luck!
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    Apr 29, 2012 12:21 AM GMT
    Leo123 saidPeople who do sports seem to have been doing them since an early age.

    Has anyone ever simply started a sport, out of the blue, and managed to stick with it?

    I've only really worked out in life but I figured that I need to take up a sport. The problem is I have NO IDEA which one to pick! I also want to be good at it so, it's got to be something I like and don't feel like quitting after a month or so. I've tried a few sports which I don't like: wrestling, surfing, soccer. I'm "ok" with volleyball but it's not really it..

    How do I choose..? How do I take up a sport?


    wellll......I started martial arts at 6 because I had anger issues lol but the ironic thing is I got kicked out BECAUSE of anger issues.....I started it again out of the blue when I was 11ish though....you just have to pick something you think you'd like and start it! Good luck!!