If you are looking for ways to get more exercise, you could consider taking up a sport. It can be more fun than working out in the gym and you will be learning a new skill and socialising with people.

You can enjoy the adrenalin rush of taking part in a competitive sport such as football or cricket while you are getting a great workout and burning off calories.  If you are taking up football you should look the part and get yourself and your friends Cheap Football Kits to wear.  For a selection of different options you could visit sites like www.kitking.co.uk and get your game started.

Many people take up a sport which they played at school such as football, rugby, hockey or tennis. Don’t worry if you weren’t too keen on these particular sports before, you may be surprised to find out how much fun it can be when it is not compulsory.

Field hockey is a particularly competitive sport. Hockey improves your lower body strength, lung capacity, pace and agility as well as strengthening arms, shoulders and legs, according to a BBC report. You can also burn as many as 560 calories per game.

If you take up hockey, you will be joining the 100,000-plus people who play the sport in the UK, either for pleasure or in competitions.

Hockey for all ages

Its popularity has seen the sport adapted for younger players. Quicksticks is a 4-a-side game suitable for junior school children and In2Hockey can be played either 6-a-side without a goalkeeper or 7-a-side with a goalkeeper, for 10 to 14-year-olds.

According to England Hockey, the smaller team size means players are more involved so there is increased physical activity and a chance to develop skills while enjoying the game.

You can find clubs near you through the England Hockey website where you can also find out about competitions being held.

Just ensure to keep a varied diet and maintain hydrated throughout any sporting activity.  If you have an iron deficiency or any other condition why not consider boosting your levels through supplements.

Improving your hockey skills

Once you get into hockey you may want to learn new techniques to improve your game. You can get tips online about different field hockey drills so you can change tactics during a game.

Games similar to hockey have been played for many centuries including Beikou played by the Daur people in Inner Mongolia for about 1,000 years.

The game as we know it today was introduced to English public schools at the beginning of the 19th century and became an Olympic sport at the start of the 20th century.

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