After the big move to Germany, after getting started in your new job, after settling into your new home, you may take that deep breath and realize that you are not sure what to do next. Next, you need to get out there and integrate yourself into your new community. While you are integrating yourself, you can also find ways to stay healthy and be active. One of the best ways to stay active, make friends, and become a part of your community is to join a sports club in your new German town.
A sports club, depending on how large and elaborate the club, is like a cross between a gym and a country club. Sports clubs in Germany have their own gyms and sports facilities, along with club rooms for members to relax after a game or workout. There are usually monthly fees that members must pay. There are different levels of sports clubs in Germany. Some are smaller, less expensive, and are run almost exclusively by volunteers. On the other end of the spectrum, some of the clubs are massive, expensive, fully staffed, and are host to members who are also famous German footballers. So, depending on what you can afford, there are many options in sports clubs available to you. A simple internet search or inquiring with a friend or coworker and you should be able to find the sports clubs in your area.
Sports and Clubs for Children
Most of the sports clubs in Germany have facilities, events, and activities for children as well. If you do not wish to take your children to a sports club, there are some places where you can sign up your children for activities like gymnastics or martial arts classes. Also, the German Youth Sports Organization sponsors some summer camp programs for youths.
If a sports club is not the kind of place you are looking for, you also have the option of joining a gym. Depending on the size and quality of the gym, they may be less expensive than a sports club, though some are quite costly. Many gyms offer an initial free session, if you would like to check it out before committing to a contract.
If you are a university student, then you may be in luck. Most universities have sports facilities with access for students. Access to the university sports facilities is usually free of charge, after an annual fee, usually paid with tuition.
If gyms and sports clubs are not your thing, there is always the old fashioned way to work out, running and exercising outside and in your own home. Running outdoors is a great way to get fresh air, get acquainted with your new hometown, and meet people you find along the way. Also, if the weather gets too cold, or you want to supplement your running with additional exercises, you can find videos online or purchase DVDs and work out in the comfort of your own home.
However you choose to do it, getting a little bit of exercise and getting out into the world will be good for your body and your emotional well-being. It will also help you to meet some new people along the way.