How to learn a new sport wherever you live overseas

It’s good for your brain, for making new friends and for your health…what’s not to like about learning a new sport?

Learning to surf is a great way to meet new faces

Moving on to a new city or country can break all sorts of routines, especially your sport and fitness one. So, if sport and fitness is an essential part of your overseas life, it’s important to get back on track as quickly as possible.

Maybe an overseas move is a good opportunity to try out a new sport – you may have to if you’ve traded the Tropics for snowy mountains!

Did you know that learning a new sport is good for your brain too? Learning a new sport helps to work the motor cortex of our brains, which is an especially healthy thing to do as we age. Gretchen Reynolds, writing for the New York Times, explains why and how she got on learning to snowboard, when, as she put it, she’s old enough to be the instructor’s parent.

If a sport has been on your “to-do” list, use an overseas move to have a go

An easy way to find out what’s going on in your area is to visit the ‘Sport & Leisure’ page of your local Angloinfo and then start a conversation in ‘Discussions’. Or search for your local Angloinfo Facebook page and ask followers there.

Sport is also a great way to connect with other expats if you’re feeling a bit lost in your new world and need to meet other people who are in the same work-life mode as you.

Running and cycling are especially good sports for making connections. I found a rental property in Spain through a running group after weeks of fruitless searching online. ‘How to make expat connections through sport’ focuses on finding running groups – in particular Hash House Harrier groups.

Take a swing…you never know you may just love it

If you need some motivation and inspiration to try something new, and get fit, take a look at ‘This girl can! How to get fit again’ (for “girls” of all ages… and safe for boys to look too!)