Exercising with Others

Whereas some forms of exercise fall into the category of activities that can be practised ‘alone’, without expert guidance, many sporting activities require specialist supervision or coaching. Some, such as gymnastics and canoeing, also rely on special pieces of equipment or particular environments. Some of these activities, such as skiing, can be enjoyed alone after initial training with an expert, although regular tuition may be needed to progress beyond beginner’s level.

Coaching, training sessions and competitions often take place within clubs or sports centres. These environments provide people with an opportunity to socialize while enjoying the benefits of regular exercise and, often, the excitement of competing against others. Some people who lack the self-discipline to exercise regularly find that engaging in recreational or competitive sports gives them the motivation to keep fit.

Workouts and exercise classes led by a professional trainer are an excellent way of getting fit. Most sports centres and fitness clubs offer a diverse range of classes from aerobics to circuit training.

Other sports that require supervision or tuition include recreational and team sports. Examples of popular recreational sports are squash, tennis, golf and gymnastics; popular team sports include football, rugby, hockey and cricket. Team sports, especially when played at an organized competitive level, require commitment and cooperation -the members of successful teams attend regular supervised training sessions and matches. Many people thrive on the feeling of team spirit and the social aspect of such activities.

Sports for the disabled, which require expert guidance, have become very popular in recent years, partly due to the worldwide interest encouraged by international sporting events such as the Paralympics. There are many recognized benefits of sport for people with disabilities, including the fact that it helps to combat isolation and instills self-confidence.