Who’s sport is it anyway?

It’s finally 2021, spartans, and the new year has begun! As of the beginning of 2021, we’re all still stuck at home for the most part, but things are slowly opening up with safety precautions that, if we continue to follow, should get less and less strict. With open spaces and lots of time, it’s the perfect time to start something new, like a sport! Here are some sports you can start to learn while staying safe and isolated.

While team sports are not the safest option currently, there are many other options and even variants on traditional team sports that you can play on your own. One of which is basketball. As parks are slowly opening up, many of them have basketball courts. Basketballs aren’t super hard to find either, so with a ball and a hoop, you’re practically set to go!

Another team sport you can practice on your own is soccer. While obviously, you won’t be able to play full games with no other people, you can still learn the basics, like dribbling. If you’re just playing for fun and/or to pass the time while at home, cleats and specific equipment aren’t exactly a necessity. As long as you’re having fun with it, you should be okay!

Another thing that’s not exactly a sport but will keep you active and healthy is yoga and stretching. Yoga and stretching are very good ways to keep yourself fit and limber, and any health professional will assure you it’s way better than sitting around all day. Plus, it’ll be pretty impressive when you can suddenly show off that you can do your full splits.

If you’ve been dealing with feeling low over quarantine, you aren’t alone, and there are things you can do for yourself to help. Working out produces endorphins that help brighten your mood and raise your energy levels. If you stay fit, your mood is definitely bound to improve. Don’t go crazy with exercising this new year, and don’t forget to take breaks, drink lots of water, eat healthily, and make sure self-care is a high priority in your life. This is tough- very tough- but, as cheesy as it sounds, we really are all in this together. Stay safe, spartans.