Activity is a cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle. As we get older, we mostly turn to various forms of fitness-specific training, such as Crossfit or pilates, to maintain our mobility, good looks, and well-being. However, these workouts aren’t for everyone.
Some people find training only for training’s sake dull and uninspiring. They want a sense of play in their exercise, and they don’t find it on YouTube, with personal trainers, or at the gym. If this resonates with you, you’re in the right place.
Sports aren’t always competitive. They can benefit you just as much in a casual setting. Let’s explore six disciplines to take up just for fun and keep your fitness and childlike sense of wonder.
Swimming combines cardio and strength training into an overall enjoyable activity. It works your core, arms, legs, and glutes against mild water resistance.
You don’t have to be a professional to enjoy it, either. Head to your local sports center alone or with friends and see how fast you can reach the opposite end of the pool.
With time, you could start experimenting with different swimming styles and seeing how quickly you can master more complex ones.
If you’re a bit more of a thrillseeker, try your hand at the diving board and learn various ways to jump into the water with more grace.
All you need is a canoe or kayak and several enthusiastic friends to get all the benefits of spending time outdoors and quite a workout. Rowing is a team sport, offering social and physical health advantages.
The gym rowing machines showcase how beneficial the activity can be for your muscles, especially the core and back, but the beauty of this activity truly shines through when you take it outside.
3. Rock Climbing
Daredevils will enjoy rock climbing, too. It’s another full body-workout that feels more like an adventure than exercise – although you’re sure to feel the effects the next day.
It might look easy from an outsider’s perspective, but this sport requires the power of your legs, arms, back, and glutes. As such, it strengthens your body, improves your balance, and gives your heart quite a workout.
Be sure to start with a professional in a secure space, and you might soon find yourself surrounded by other enthusiasts climbing an actual cliff.
The health benefits of cycling are enormous, and it’s not necessary to complete the Tour de France to yield them. Plus, this one works for all ages, taking even seniors out to the open road to experience nature in a whole new way.
Much like swimming, this activity puts very little stress on your bones and joints. Simultaneously, it strengthens and tones your muscles, boosts your stamina, and improves flexibility and mobility. Your heart and lungs will thank you for the effort, too.
Golf is no longer a rich man’s sport only. It’s a great, low-impact workout that gets you moving and provides a host of mental health benefits. It’s even better when you do it with loved ones and have leisurely chats or heart-to-heart moments between holes.
If you find golfing proper too pricey, mini-golf is a fun alternative. Plus, tournaments are a fantastic way to make friends while getting your workout in.
Let’s end with a banger. Pickleball, despite its strange name, is among the fastest-growing sports in the US.
It’s a combination of badminton, table tennis, racquetball, and tennis on a smaller court. Plus, pickleball rules are simple enough to let you hop on the court and immediately start playing.
The sport is quite conducive to all-around fitness, activating major muscle groups, giving you a cardio pump, and improving your balance. At higher levels, it can even resemble interval training.
In a Nutshell
Finally, remember that it’s okay not to like any of these ideas. They’re merely here to suggest that you don’t need to spend hours in the gym to get a decent workout. Use them as inspiration and give various sports a shot. You’ll soon find the one that does it for you.
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Executive Writer, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a passion for Combat Sports and also a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s also a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.
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