Coaching a youth sports team can help you lose weight. Even though you are not the one competing on the team, just helping the youths prepare for their games is enough to get you moving. Coaching a youth sports team requires showing up regularly for practices and motivating the team members to achieve their goals. Choose from a variety of sports such as tennis, baseball, football, soccer or basketball.
Increase Your Activity Level
Whether you are coaching a boys' baseball team, a girls' tennis team or a co-ed soccer team, by playing the role of coach, you have opportunities for increasing your own activity level. Teaching others how to excel in a physical sport is a good way to increase your own motivation to become active. Many people learn skills from watching and doing. If you demonstrate the technique and activities that you want the team members to learn, you will end up getting regular exercise and burning calories.
When teaching a team member how to improve her tennis swing, for example, you can step in and demonstrate how it's done. If your skills are rusty, this is a perfect opportunity to practice away from the group to regain proficiency and show the team how to do things properly. You might find that this level of commitment increases your frequency of being active throughout the week.
Reconnect with the Joy of Exercise
Although many people play sports to win or to get out their aggressions, many youths are drawn to sports just for the love it. They enjoy playing with others. This is a good reminder for adults who sometimes view sports as a win-lose proposition or simply as a form of exercise. When you coach a youth sports team, you benefit from witnessing the joy of the team members, which might help to reignite your passion for play and exercise.
Be sure to choose a sport that energizes you. Your excitement will be contagious and the youth will be energized by your enthusiasm. Furthermore, engaging in a sport that you are passionate about will encourage you to dig into the technical and physical aspects of it, improving the team's performance and increasing your engagement at the same time.
Keep a Regular Commitment to Being Active
One of the challenges that dieters experience in relation to exercise is the lack of motivation. You may be cutting calories and feeling somewhat deprived by your diet. Having to add a regular exercise regimen to that can feel like a chore. When you coach a youth sports team, however, you are committed to showing up at a set time, one or more times per week. This commitment alone is important for keeping you active. You will often find that when you arrive at practice or the game, you are energized by the enthusiasm of the team and are more likely to stick to your own exercise routine.