Getting active is a great way to clear your head and feel better about yourself. But, if you don’t feel included because of your sexuality or gender, it can be hard to get started. If you’re not too keen on team sports, there are still loads of options for you.
One of the chillest ways to get active also happens to be one of the easiest ways to get around. Jumping on a bike can get your heart racing and take you where you need to go – and it’s a neat trick to boost your mood.
It mightn’t seem like the most exhilarating workout, but trust us – yoga can be hard work. It tests your mind and your physical strength so you get a fun workout that improves your posture and self-esteem. Most forms of yoga also help you practise mindfulness – helping you to build up your mental strength too. There are also heaps of yoga sessions on YouTube – perfect for giving it a go if you prefer some privacy.
Martial arts are great workouts, and like yoga, often include exercises designed to focus the mind. You can punch and kick out your frustrations (in a safe environment!) or geek out on strategising ways to beat your opponent. See if there are any classes in your area – it’s great fun.
Coming out and Inviting in
Coming Out, or as we like to frame it “Inviting In”, about your sexuality or gender identity is a different experience for everyone. For some it can be an easy and positive experience and for others it may not be.
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People have danced since the beginning of time. If you’re into music, why not move your body along with it? Whether its ballet, break-dancing, flamenco or thrash, dancing is a heap of fun. If you’re not fond of classes, why not check out a gig, or just get started with a sneaky boogie in your room? We won’t tell anyone.
If you love your solo time, some laps in the pool can really improve your strength and clear your mind. You can easily track your progress and feel great about smashing your personal bests too. Start by aiming to finish a couple, or even just one lap, and work up from there. Go on, take the plunge!
Do your own thing
Not all team sport needs to be in an official setting. A bit of backyard or beach cricket is a great way to spend time with your mates, as is kicking a soccer ball around an oval just for the fun of it.
Think outside the box
A lot of people lose interest in team sports because they’ve had bad experiences, or didn’t feel accepted. If you’re looking to get more active and social, you could join a team that fits with your interests and personality. You might be surprised at what you can find.
From Quidditch (yep, it’s a real sport) to Roller Derby, there could be a huge range of non-traditional sports that might align with your interests – and fairly easy to find if you’re at uni or TAFE. Local LGBTIQA+ groups in your community could also help you get in touch with an activity that’s right for you.