THE THOMAS TIMES
THE POWER OF FOCUS Ever find yourself struggling to overcome negativity and self-imposed roadblocks? Try this useful (and fun) exercise:
Walk into a room and look around you. Take note of everything in the room that’s red.
THE BENEFITS OF ADULT SPORTS TEAMS
Now close your eyes and try to recall everything in the room that was blue.
How did you do?
Think about your daily life. When you focus on the negative, do you sometimes overlook the positive aspects of the world around you? Practice seeing the good in your life. You’ll feel better, and you’ll accomplish more.
When hitting the gym or sweating through another exercise class loses its appeal, you might feel like there’s nothing left to do. You want to stay fit, but you don’t have the enthusiasm you once had, and the thought of dragging yourself to the gym is no longer motivating. Don’t throw in the towel yet, though. It might be time to try something different. Why not join an adult sports team? There are some surprising benefits to adult sports teams. Of course, sports will keep you physically healthy, but they can also keep you fit mentally. Unlike rote exercise, sports keep your mind active as you think through strategies before and during the game. Doesn’t that sound more stimulating than grinding out another mile on the treadmill or another set of reps on the bench? Sports leagues are also a great way to meet people. Creating a social circle is immensely beneficial to your mental and emotional health. You’ll have a new group of friends, and the team aspect of the sport creates long-lasting connections. Being part of a team also holds you accountable. You can’t miss the big game when the team is counting on you. On top of revamping your social life, team sports can add some much-needed variety to your daily or weekly routine. Competing against and working with other adults with whom you share at least one interest will make you forget you’re even working out in the first place.
The secret to life is to feel good more often.
The prospect of actually looking for a local team to participate in can be daunting. Don’t worry, though — the process is actually pretty simple.
- Randy Thomas
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