Doing Sports as an Adult

  • TheeJuls

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    Aug 12, 2017 7:30 PM GMT
    I've always wanted to play sports and be an athlete, but it just never happened when I was a kid. I'm 22 now so I'm curious whether it would be worth it to pursue something like this or should I just move on. If so where should I start and what should I try doing?
  • mybud

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    Aug 13, 2017 3:10 AM GMT
    dustinreecexxx saidI've always wanted to play sports and be an athlete, but it just never happened when I was a kid. I'm 22 now so I'm curious whether it would be worth it to pursue something like this or should I just move on. If so where should I start and what should I try doing?
    The YMCA has many sports teams from beginners to advanced...Look into it in your area
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    Aug 13, 2017 4:04 AM GMT
    mybud said
    dustinreecexxx said
    I've always wanted to play sports and be an athlete, but it just never happened when I was a kid. I'm 22 now so I'm curious whether it would be worth it to pursue something like this or should I just move on. If so where should I start and what should I try doing?
    The YMCA has many sports teams from beginners to advanced...Look into it in your area

    Well, there's competing, and also participating. In my late 60s I'm participating, not trying to compete. But at least I'm doing something.

    Things like non-competitive runs, and bike rides. Usually for charity, which gives me some motivation. Otherwise my lazy nature would prevail.

    Odd thing is, I never saw my own Father ever ride a bicycle, or do anything athletic. Born in 1911, it just wasn't his generation to do that. Gyms were specialty places for competitive male athlete training, like boxers. The general public didn't go there.

    He had his WWII Army physical training, and that was about it. The idea of jogging, when that became a craze, would never have entered his mind. And a gym was something for students in schools. Not for adults.
  • bro4bro

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    Aug 13, 2017 4:58 PM GMT
    Yes, you should pursue this. You're still very young; you can learn to do anything you want. Running, cycling, and swimming may be good activities to start; you can probably find a local club that will offer group training sessions to improve your skills.

    If you're interested in martial arts you can certainly find a place offering lessons for beginners.

    I also see that the city of Reno has an adult sports program. If you'd like to play a team sport but you're hesitant about your skill level, maybe start with something like kickball or ultimate frisbee. According to the city's website at the link below, you can register as a free agent and be picked up by a team.

    http://www.reno.gov/government/departments/parks-recreation-community-services/athletics
  • Destinharbor

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    Aug 13, 2017 5:20 PM GMT
    Sure, you can and should. I was always crappy at sports as a kid but found as an adult, I'm pretty good! Surprise! Most wouldn't call it a sport but working out qualifies. And you're already doing that. Pick a sport that you once liked but never played and go for it. Tennis or racketball (or better, squash) are two good ones because you don't need a whole team to play and can schedule when you want. They are also sports you can play for the rest of your life. But if you like basketball or softball, you'll find a rec league and play for a few years. Ultimate frisbee is great, too.
  • Happenis

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    Aug 13, 2017 7:39 PM GMT
    dustinreecexxx saidI've always wanted to play sports and be an athlete, but it just never happened when I was a kid. I'm 22 now so I'm curious whether it would be worth it to pursue something like this or should I just move on. If so where should I start and what should I try doing?


    I've been wondering the same thing but it's SO much harder as an adult.

    Most leagues require you to already be apart of a team. This is hard when a lot of your friends have no interest in joining the same sport as you.I considered joining the YMCA volleyball team but there was a weird requirement where one of your members MUST be a woman.

    Good luck though
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    Aug 13, 2017 8:00 PM GMT
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    I considered joining the YMCA volleyball team but there was a weird requirement where one of your members MUST be a woman.

    I don't think any of my members is a woman. Althought both my hands do tend to get effeminate with their gestures at times. But the rest of me stays largely male, as far as I can determine.
  • mybud

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    Aug 13, 2017 10:09 PM GMT
    Happenis said
    dustinreecexxx saidI've always wanted to play sports and be an athlete, but it just never happened when I was a kid. I'm 22 now so I'm curious whether it would be worth it to pursue something like this or should I just move on. If so where should I start and what should I try doing?


    I've been wondering the same thing but it's SO much harder as an adult.

    Most leagues require you to already be apart of a team. This is hard when a lot of your friends have no interest in joining the same sport as you.I considered joining the YMCA volleyball team but there was a weird requirement where one of your members MUST be a woman.

    Good luck though
    Dude. ...don't let the y requirement stop ya. I met a lot of cool females through the volleyball program....
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    Aug 14, 2017 4:44 AM GMT
    So Ultimate Frisbee leagues welcome people of all levels. I just googled and found Reno's League.

    Now is a great time to register!
    http://www.renoultimate.org/
  • Ironman4U

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    Aug 14, 2017 12:08 PM GMT
    I wasn't much of an athlete as a kid. I did participate in some little league sports, but besides swimming, wasn't particularly athletic. I started training and working out much more seriously as an adult. Now, I'm a competitive endurance and ultra-endurance athlete. Find a sport or two that interest you. Start training or looking into being part of a team. There are lots of ways to get started. Then you just have to do it. If you enjoy it, you'll find a path that works for the level and commitment you want to put into it. Good luck!
  • toybrian

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    Aug 14, 2017 6:20 PM GMT
    Look in your local town for clubs for adults and start there. If you are a runner go to a running store like
    out here and NJ and run with the gang and you will start making friends and learning about races that
    you can compete in and the same with many others sports like soccer or basketball or just look online
    for clubs in your area. The next step is just to talk yourself into it and join in the fun.
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    Aug 14, 2017 8:28 PM GMT
    You're in Reno. Very close to ski country. Take up skiing this winter. (Get in shape first - especially your legs). Not hard to learn if you work at it; and if you have a good sense of balance, you could become an expert in 2 seasons.
  • Ubeaut

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    Nov 16, 2017 7:55 AM GMT
    The advantage of a persuing a sport or sports is that there is an improvement curve. A lot more exciting than only counting reps and sets, you'll be exercising towards a goal. You will learn about technique and what exercises will assist you and what will hinder you.

    Don't forget team sports either, they have strong social aspects.

    BTW I'm 55 and still enjoying sport although strictly amateur here.