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Bored at the Gym? Lonely on Your Run? Try an Adult Sports League or Meet-Up!

By June 12, 2015November 29th, 2022Community

The thrill of victory can be hard to come by in adulthood. The same can be said for time to exercise and opportunities to meet new people. But here’s an idea that covers all three bases if you’re not afraid of getting a little dirt on your shoes: adult team sports!

If this type of fitness activity brings back unhappy memories of your middle school locker room, keep in mind that you can find sports leagues that play at all athletic levels, from recreational to competitive. And it’s not all softball, soccer, and floor hockey; many local organizations offer more laid-back sports, like kickball, dodgeball, and Ultimate Frisbee.

There’s a wide range of local leagues and sports meet-ups to join, with many focusing on the social side. Regardless, you’ll be getting endorphin-releasing exercise that will brighten your day.

Participating in team sports has been shown to have many positive health benefits, including improving bone and heart health in adults, which is particularly important for women, as well as reducing stress and providing psychological and cognitive benefits.

Just remember that our bodies may not be as durable as they were back in the days of gym class. Learn what you can do to protect yourself from injury.

Ready to get back in the game? Here are some ways to get started:

Have we missed any Philly-area adult leagues or local sports meet up groups? Let us know in the comments.

The inclusion of the above links does not imply endorsement.



Rebecca Finkel

I’ve been vegetarian, vegan, macrobiotic, paleo, gluten free, dairy-free, low-carb, and kosher, yet I fall again and again to the lure of the Reuben. As I get older, I’m learning to take a more omnivorous approach to health, but I still love writing about new trends in diet, fitness, and wellbeing.