Your 30s are a tough decade -- you’ve finally achieved a level of career success you feel good about (maybe?), but it’s come at a cost. Long hours at the office and spare minutes spent with family have made you tired, friendless, and, well, a little more portly than you used to be. In an effort to reintroduce yourself to this thing called “fun” (you’re so far removed from its reality that finger quotes are actually necessary), you decide to sign up for a softball league.
Great idea, right? You’ll get to meet new people, get out of the house on weeknights, and add a workout to your regular routine. But if you haven’t picked up a bat or run a base since high school, you might’ve just signed up for a world of hurt.
Recreational sports are, in fact, a great way for you to improve and maintain fitness in your 30s, but your body isn’t what it used to be. Use these tips to ease your way into the game while keeping yourself from falling apart.
Never stop playing
OK, I realize this ship might have already sailed, but the absolute best way to keep playing sports into your 30s is to never. Stop. Playing. Channel the likes of Tom Brady, Tim Duncan, hell, even Matt Hasselbeck, and continue playing the sport you love.