If you once loved sports but now find yourself “busy” with life and all the stresses that come with it then you’ve not really fallen out of love with sports. Okay, some people just aren’t into watching or playing athletic games, but if you once had a passion for that world then you shouldn’t just let it wither and die. If you were once a keen player of a certain sport then it would’ve done a lot for your body and mind; if you were once a keen watcher of a certain sport then you probably loved sharing that experience with friends and a wide community of sports lovers all over the world. It’s time to reclaim that feeling. Here are some thoughts and ideas on ways through which you might reignite your passion for sports by approaching it in a new way.
Take a new approach to sport.
Time has passed and you’ve changed. If you used to play sport five times a week with your buddies but you now have a job, a family, and other responsibilities then you’re probably not going to be able to resume business as usual. Even if you’re only a sports-watcher, you might find that you don’t have enough hours in the week to keep up with everything to do with a particular sport on TV, the internet, or down at the bar with your friends.
The point is that you need to set a new list of objectives for what you want out of your new relationship with sports. Maybe you’ll promise to set aside one night a week to watch the game in the bar with your friends. Maybe you’ll promise to set aside one night a week to train in the local gym, running track, or sports field, depending on what kind of sport you’re planning on resuming or taking up for the first time. You need a new set of rules to suit your new life.
Make it fun with your friends.
Betting can turn sports into an entirely different ballpark, if you’ll excuse the pun. If you want to give you and your friends an incentive to watch the game then you could start making bets on who you think is going to win or lose. This adds a fun new dimension to the experience. You could try betting on the outcome of tennis matches if you want to give it a go with a brand new sport (or a sport you once loved, perhaps). You just need to find something to reignite your passion and make the game more exciting for you again. Placing wagers could be the answer.
Try a new sport.
Perhaps you were once very into basketball but you can no longer jump up for those slam dunks without cracking all the joints in your knees and giving yourself a sore back for a week. Our bodies change over time, and the activities we used to be able to do with ease might not be so easy anymore. Still, that’s no reason to throw in the towel and give up on sports altogether; staying physically active is very important, and you might as well be doing that through some fun activity rather than simply jogging on a treadmill for a few hours.
All in all, whether you’re playing a sport or watching it, you don’t need to feel any pressure to put in a certain amount of hours per week or per day. Watching or playing sports should be fun. You might not be as “into it” now as you were when you were younger, but that doesn’t mean it’s no longer your world. That doesn’t mean it’s a young man’s game. Just make it work for your routine and interests.