If you’re looking for a fun way to shed some pounds, you are definitely not alone. The UK, Europe, United States, and Canada have all seen dramatic increases in the prevalence of overweight and obesity. Fortunately, this has also led to an increased knowledge base about how best to lose weight. One thing seems clear – If you don’t enjoy the process to some degree, it will be way more difficult to stick to an exercise program. This leads me to the ultimate goal of this article. I would like to briefly discuss why playing soccer could be a great way to help you lose weight, even if you’re completely out of shape, how you can make it fun, and how to make the whole process easier from the beginning.
One of the best ways to get started on your journey of playing soccer to lose weight is by easing yourself into it. It can be really easy to become over-motivated at first and take on too much. To be clear, you can never have too much motivation, but you need to pace yourself, otherwise you may find that you burn out quite quickly, and sticking with a program can be difficult.
One great way to ease yourself into a program like this is to start of playing some walking soccer with some friends or family. We know, it sounds weird, but trust me, if you haven’t exercised in a while, using muscles any differently than you previously have will make you really sore! You will be surprised at the workout, but better yet, it’s actually really fun! It’s great with friends or family who you can develop friendly competition with, and it’s full of laughs. It’s definitely great for both the body and the mind!
Returning to Running
Once you are ready to progress to a more proper type of soccer game, it is just as important in this case to remember to ease yourself into it. Try and tag along with a local recreational match, maybe through some connections you have made with friends, or through an ad for a recreational league. Try and find something that you think could be a good pace for you, and start off by pacing yourself, taking lots of breaks on the sideline and conserving energy when on the field. Gradually, over time, you slowly start to notice yourself staying on the field longer and longer, while also dropping some pounds in the process.
One other thing to keep in mind, especially at this stage, is that soccer can be quite rough on the knees, as the running and changing directions can concentrate stress on your knee joints. If you want to be safe, try wearing a knee brace to add extra stability to your knee joints. These don’t need to be anything fancy, and you certainly don’t have to be a pro athlete to wear a brace. There are lots of plus size knee braces available for exactly this type of situation, especially in the braces in the XXXL size.
Track Your Progress and Be Patient
Weight loss can take a long time, so it’s important to be patient. The best way to lose weight and keep it off is through a lifestyle change, which is extremely difficult for anyone. However, if you focus more on the fun aspect of soccer, knowing that it’s also highly beneficial to your health, then you will be more likely to stick with it. Perhaps just as importatnly, you will also be more likely to continue with this active lifestyle after having formed bonds with firends, made new friends, and by simply having fun!
We recognize this article doesn’t provide groundbreaking solutions for losing weight, but this is simply something we have seen multiple people have success with. If there’s one take-away message, it’s to take your time with easing yourself into soccer, and to try and have as much fun as possible!