It’s never too late: 3 great sports to pick up as an adult

Baseball – America’s Favorite Pastime

If you’re looking to pick up a classic sport that is played all across the country, then baseball is the one to go with. Dubbed as ‘America’s favorite pastime’, this sport has been around for well over a century and has only picked up in speed and popularity. Baseball is one of those sports that you can play in your own yard, at the park, the baseball diamond, or any other outdoor area where you have a little space to move around.

But how can you master the sport and learn all the basics? You may want to consider getting your own outdoor batting cage to work on your swing. The cage will ensure that all those balls you hit while learning don’t end up breaking a window or damaging property. It keeps everything safe and contained. You can even set up a pitching machine in the cage so you can practice on your own. These cages tend to come in a variety of sizes so you can find one that fits your yard best. You’ll also need to work on your throwing and catching skills, which means you will need a baseball mitt to work in and get used to. It can also help to have a family member or friend to practice with.

Soccer – A Fabulous Cardio Workout

Here’s an opportunity to learn a new sport and get in a fabulous cardio workout at the same time. Soccer is another traditional sport that has been around for ages, that is played around the world, and really is rather simple to understand from a rules standpoint. In order to excel in this sport, you’ll need to master your kicking and passing skills, as well as build endurance. There is a lot of running back and forth across the field, so your body needs to be able to keep up.

As for what you can do specifically at home in order to master the sport, you can start by purchasing a soccer net. This will help you to work on your aim. Passing drills are also great to do, but you’ll need a partner to pass too. Also, you can set up cones in the yard that you need to move the ball around, working on your maneuver skills.

Swimming – Feel Confident in the Water

If you’re looking for a sport that doesn’t require any type of equipment or teammates to practice with, swimming could be the answer. Not only is it an excellent full body workout, it can prove to be a lifesaving skill. In terms of learning, it’s best to sign up for private or public lessons so you can get a good foundation for the sport.

Keep a Positive Attitude

The final thing to keep in mind is that no matter which of these sports you decide to pursue, the key to success is to keep a positive attitude. Remember, they will all take practice, so you can’t expect perfection right out of the gate, but that doesn’t mean you won’t get there.

How to be the best workout buddy

Working out alone is not at all an issue, but it becomes even easier to do when you have an awesome BFFF (Best Fit Friend Forever) by your side. It takes a bit of time to get a good feel for each other, but when you do reach there, you two will be on fire! Do you want to become the best workout buddy ever? Then check out these tips. And send them right along to your very lovely BFFF. 

1.  Make sure that you’re in line with your buddy

You two are always fine and dandy together, but if you’re training for a powerlifting competition, and your workout  buddy wants to do cardio for an hour, it’s not going to work. You can maybe mentally motivate each other, but with such different goals, it can be difficult to keep that support going. It’s going to work a bit easier when you both have the same motivation to go to the gym. That way, you can share all your issues and give each other tips when necessary.

2. Make sure that you’re there. And always on time.

At 7am, you’re already fresh and out the bed, putting on your sports outfit and eating a full hearty breakfast. But when you reach to the gym at 7:30, your best friend is nowhere in sight. When you check Whatsapp, you notice that her last seen was at 3:30 that morning. Great…Now you need to switch up your whole schedule because you can’t do all the exercises that requires her there to help. Annoying, huh?  I’m sure that you never want to be in such a situation, so make sure that you’re always on time when you know that your workout buddy is too.

When your buddy is not as motivated as you, you two can clash frequently. If you find yourself being too lax, then have a talk with each other. Being a no-show just isn’t going to cut it!

3. Know when you need to motivate her and when not to

It can happen, of course, that your friend has a bad day and doesn’t feel like doing anything. This is the perfect moment to put your best foot forward. Time for a motivational pep-talk! Give your friend a bit of your energy, and ensure that you both kill your workout like you usually do. Without a workout buddy, she maybe would not have gone to the gym, so go you!

When the situation is flipped, and your friend is pushing too hard, know when to reel her in. Over training is very painful and that’s not something you want for your workout buddy. So, as a perfect BFFF, it’s your job to take care of your friend, and help her to find the right balance between getting enough rest and enough exercise.

4. Always be the best coach you can be

If you know that your best friend needs a very aggressive, loud voice to push her: then be that trainer. If not: then keep quiet. One of the best things about having a workout buddy, is that you just get each other. You know each other’s strengths and weakness and so you know when you can push a bit extra. Deadlifts, squats, and burpees can be very tricky, so it’s nice to have a buddy who can look on and let you know where you can be better.

5. Do your homework

A training routine naturally does not last forever. Every now and then, add in new exercises so that your body and mind are stimulated enough in a way that allows exercising to always be fun. As a workout buddy, you need to regularly bring in new ideas you can try together. Your best friend shouldn’t be the only one that is religiously searching for new workouts. Inspiration everywhere!

Are you always working out with your workout buddy? And do you two check off these 5 points? Let me hear ya! 🙂

5 reasons why you should say “Yes”

Are you the type that can think of a billion reasons why you should not do anything new, exciting, nerve wrecking or even pamper yourself? Read on. Following up on the article 5 steps to practice saying ‘No’ here are 5 reasons why you should say “Yes”.

5 reasons why you should say "Yes" 1. Say “Yes” to treating yourself right!
Take good care of yourself by good foods, drinks, snacks and go pamper yourself now and again. Have a facial, a massage and go shop a new wardrobe every now and again including shoes! If it’s budget that’s  holding you back in treating yourself, save money on a monthly base and go on a shopping spree once in a quarter. I’m sure you can think of something, and why shouldn’t you, you’re worth it! Like the Jogha collection 😉

 

 

 

2. Say “Yes” to meeting new people!
Whether you’re in school or work, I’m sure you get invited to going to events, celebrations, dinners or drinks once in a while. Start practising saying yes to these invitations, even if you don’t know anyone, heck, especially when you don’t know anyone! Meeting new people or even one person at a gathering who you click with is so much fun! Just see how it goes, and if it didn’t meet up to your expectations…just go home. Don’t beat yourself over it and never let it hold you back into taking up another invitation. Keep going to new places en keep meeting new people.

3. Say “Yes” to opportunities in work!
When opportunities are practically thrown at you in work, have a little think about it and take it! Surely you know your worth to the company and the chance to having new experiences will enrich you as a person and do a lot of good to your self-worth. And never be afraid to speak out. A good boss or manager will listen to what you have to say and will do what’s best for you role in his/her team or the company.

4. Say “Yes” to learn something new!
Seriously, you are never too old to learn something new! Even the smartest people learn new things as we can’t experience everything in life in one go. It takes steps, sometimes even baby steps to learn something new and that’s the fun bit! Learning how to ride the bike – whoohoo, how cool was that!?

5. Say “yes” and enjoy the adventure!
If you’re used to saying “No”, practice saying “Yes”. It will bring you into situations you haven’t experienced before and what’s the harm in that? Stop over analysing things and stop worrying about stuff. Life is too short to deprive yourself living it!

Follow me on my blog or Instagram for inspiration and tips and leave your comments below, would love to read your ways to saying “Yes”!

Fit Girls’ Favorites: Sports

Last week we introduced a new serie of articles called ‘Fit Girls Favorites’. In these articles we answer questions of Fit Girls all over the world. This week we answer the question ‘What’s your favorite sport’.

We love to workout and try a lot of sports. We all have our own favorite. Ashley, Lisanne, Roos, Satijn and Yola wrote a piece about their favorite sports.

Ashley

(@ashleykalila)
SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESYoga is my favourite sport. Well, actually, it’s the only sport I do, so it is automatically my favourite one then isn’t it? Not only have I become quite flexible, but I’ve also become strong. Something I didn’t think would happen from practicing yoga! I love how yoga can be any kind of work out that I need it to be. Sometimes I just need a calming practice when other days, I want to have a hard workout and be sore the next day. I love how versatile it is!

Lisanne

(@lisanne_fgc)
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My favorite sport is CrossFit or crosstraining. I always found it very hard to motivate myself to go to the gym. But I since I discovered Elevator Sports this is not a problem anymore.  I love to workout with one of the other Fit Girls as my buddy. When I first started with CrossFit it was really hard, I was nauseous and dizzy, but after a couple lessons I really noticed the progress. Okay, I don’t have a sixpack yet, but I’m definitely getting stronger!

Roos

(@fitgirlroos)
794184cecbe609ec287045c8dbfc669bMy favorite sport is definitely weighlifting, and in particular functional training, like crosstraining or CrossFit. Why? Because lifting some heavy stuff gives me the best feeling in the world! I feel powerful, strong and invincible. I love pushing my boundaries. Sure, I would go for an easy run now and then, but explosive movements are always my favorite! Plus, the biceps guns and toned legs are a great bonus!

Weightlifting is becoming more and more popular around girls and I love that. It won’t make you look bulky, just toned and fit! Give it a try and see for yourself!

 

Satijn

(@satijn_fitgirlcode)
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My favorite sport is definitely CrossFit. Since I started at Crossfit U1, last november, I feel so much better. After every lesson I have this enormous grin on my face because I exceeded my expectations. Lifting weights not only makes you strong, it really tones your body. Plus it’s too much fun. I enjoy the variety of exercises: every lesson is different. We use barbells, kettle bells, weighted balls, a rig for pull-ups. You train your entire body, every inch gets stronger every workout. The people are great, the atmosphere is bad ass: with loud metal or hiphop playing, you push yourself to the max. You end up dirty: drenched in sweat, chalked up and filthy from dropping to the floor while you’re doing ten thousand burpees.

They say the first rule of CrossFit is that you never shut up about CrossFit. Luckily I don’t have to bore my friends with my stories anymore, I got myself a whole new family with the same passion ;)!

Yola

(@yolaforthewin)
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My favorite sport..that’s a hard one! I love to do all kinds of workouts such as CrossFit, bootcamp, boxing and bodycombat. I love all of them because they are so different. What they do have in common is that they are explosive full-body workouts and have an high-impact level. That’s exactly what I need when working out. Bring on that sweat!

 

What is your favorite sport? Tell us all about it! Are there any other questions you have for the Fit Girls? Please post them in the comments under this article, or send an email to fitgirllisanne@gmail.com.

Love,

The #FITGIRLCODE crew

Best snowy workout for this February

The last winter month is ahead of us and some of you might be stuck in snowy cities with no motivation to leave the house for gym. Well we got good news for all of you: no need to go far in order to workout. Just grab a shovel and go outside and make your yard clean and your body fit and strong.

For this workout you only need 2 “ingredients”: snow and a shovel. Once you got that covered, you can start your snowy workout with these 4 moves:

Snowy workout

1. Shovel Squatssnowy workout

For the first exercise just bend down and lift each shovel full of snow. When doing the squats make sure you do it right. The best way to protect your back is to avoid lifting with it, but doing so with your legs. Also, when working out you must make sure to focus on a good squat form. You can easily do so by putting your feet in shoulder-width or slightly wider position, bending your knees, this way keeping your back straight, and have the chest lifted. Stop when your thighs are more or less parallel to the ground in order to scoop the snow onto your shovel and return to the standing position.

2. Standing Oblique Shovel Twistssnowy workout

Once you’ve lifted the shovel, the best thing you could do is to carry your snow to a pile of it rather than flipping it over your shoulder. While you do that, make sure you stand tall and tuck the hips under, bracing the core, and rotate to each side 5 times to engage the obliques.

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