Change your life and join a club

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IT"S TIME: Whether you are new to the concept or an elite sports person wanting to have a go at something entirely different, now's the time to join a club.

IT"S TIME: Whether you are new to the concept or an elite sports person wanting to have a go at something entirely different, now's the time to join a club.

JOINING a club for recreation, brain exercise or sport fitness, or if you’re just a bit lonely, is a way to stay fit, learn teamwork and to experience the joy of winning; or in equal measure, how to learn to lose graciously.

Whether you are new to the concept or an elite sports person wanting to have a go at something entirely different, like hockey or calisthenics, card games like euchre and 500, bridge or chess, it’s time to get out of the armchair and join a club.

Yes, you’re comfortable, and the cat prefers you to sit still all day, but we humans need more than a warm lap to keep us going.

Your world will open up to a whole set of new experiences, and you will get to meet new people at the same time.

VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said there are always new ways for people to get active and join in. “Our research shows many people are reluctant to get involved in sport or a club if it’s too competitive, difficult to get to, expensive or requires a big time commitment, amongst other challenges.”

So how do you even find a club where you can have a try out? Sometimes, it’s as simple as knowing someone who is a member, other times it could be that the men’s shed you have thought about going along to happens to be at the end of your street.

Another fabulous source of all sorts of information is your local library. These days they can supply you with not only a book, but a DVD, music CD and internet service. So there’s no excuse now.

The cat will still be there when you get back.