You’re Never Too Old to Play in a Sports League

by Blake Herzog

If you’re ever nostalgic for the soccer, basketball, football or other team you played on as a kid (or wished you had), there’s no reason not to get back out on that field or court, wiser and in better shape than you’ve ever been.

The City of Prescott, Town of Prescott Valley, James Family Prescott YMCA and other entities offer a variety of team sports for adults.

As long as you consider your interests, the level of competition you’re comfortable with and the time commitment involved, there’s so much you can get out of playing in an adult recreation league:

Staying fit — Participating in a sports league is an enjoyable way to stay physically active. Regular exercise is crucial for maintaining good health, and engaging in team sports provides a full-body workout. It also contributes to weight management and helps prevent obesity.

The combination of cardiovascular exercise and strength training in many sports can support a healthy body weight by improving metabolism and reducing fat levels.

Stress relief — Physical activity, including sports, is a known stress reliever. The endorphins released during exercise can help reduce stress and improve mood, providing a healthy outlet for the daily pressures of life.

Team sports, in particular, foster camaraderie and teamwork, creating a sense of belonging that also reduces stress and improves overall mental health.

Developing and maintaining skills — Participating in a sports league allows you to develop and enhance skills including coordination, agility, balance, strategic thinking and teamwork. The older we get the harder it can be to find situations where we can challenge ourselves in this way, so it’s good to take every opportunity like this we can.

Routine and discipline — Being part of a sports league helps you follow a regular exercise routine with its required practices and games. This can have positive effects not only on physical health but also on time management and overall well-being.

Long-term health — Regular participation in sports can reduce your risk of chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis. So it’s time to get back in the game!