Getting started

Sport can be an extremely fulfilling activity that not only improves your fitness levels and make everyday activities easier, it can also help build confidence, leadership, teamwork, improve communication and, just as important as any of these points, it can be fun!

People choose to participate in sport for many reasons. Whatever your motivation is, there are a number of things that you need to consider and plan for in order to achieve your objectives.

One of the most important things to remember is to keep your objectives realistic, including the timescales you give yourself to achieve them. For example, if you haven’t done much exercise before, or perhaps not for a long time, planning to complete a marathon in just a few weeks time is likely to lead to burn out or injury through over training or disappointment when you fail to achieve this.

It’s much better to set small, manageable goals and build slowly to your ideal objective, like training three times a week for the next four weeks, or being able to complete a mile in less than a set number of minutes. The sense of achievement you gain at reaching each milestone will give you further motivation to continue training and progress to the next one.

The commitment you are making to sport and to training is likely to be a long-term one and a change in lifestyle. This requires planning and research. Using the information in this resource you can find a sport, a club or a facility that suits your needs and you can modify your diet to ensure that your body is prepared for the work you’re going to put it through.

Remember, there will be obstacles along the way, but the sense of reward and achievement will only be enhanced as you overcome them. Stay focused, don’t be afraid to ask for help and support and if you’re not enjoying it, try something different.

The fact that you are reading this means that you’ve overcome your first hurdle, making the decision to get active. Congratulations! Now let us help you plan the route you want to take.