15 Alternative & Fun Sports To Try, Because The Gym Is So 2016!
At some point in all our lives we will find ourselves standing in a gym with a lot of hopes, expectations and, frankly, nerves. The reality is that the gym is great for some people, but for others it simply isn’t the perfect environment to train in. It can be so intimidating that it actually puts you off working out, and although exercising can really be a lot of fun, you need to find something that works for you. So, if you know the gym isn’t your friend, why not try an alternative sport to help get you outdoors, moving and more active? These 15 sports have us already putting our runners on!
#1 Paddle Boarding
Definitely a whole lot harder than it looks, this is supposed to be amazing for your abs and at the end of the day if it’s all getting a bit much you can just balm out on your board. Perfect way to experience the great outdoors and get fresh air into those lungs too.
#2 Ultimate Frisbee
This isn’t just that funny sport you scoffed at/dabbled in at college. It’s apparently a legitimate sport with leagues and teams playing at local, national and international levels. Frisbee is not just very fast-moving but also terrific fun. Best of all you can train with your dog!
#3 Tag Rugby
Regular rugby might not be your thing on account of the possibility of breaking your neck but thankfully that’s where the tag variant comes in. You probably played tag rugby at school and never gave it a proper chance but trust us when we say that it’s actually a fun mixed sport that’s also very social.
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Obviously popularized by the movie and pretty much a staple of PE class at some stage of your schooling, dodgeball is unsurprisingly a great workout, provided you play the game properly.
Photo: DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story/20th Century Fox
Literally the best excuse to behave like a kid again. You might want to mix in a bit of gymnastics at a club or just fling yourself aimlessly around a trampoline park with those incredible foam pits. Either way you’re guaranteed to break a sweat and leave smiling like an idiot!
You need to throw all your inhibitions out the window for this one because there’s no room for being self-conscious. Salsa dancing is a great way to meet people and get your body moving. It’ll also obviously improve your balance, movement and coordination and afterwards you can even treat yourself to a drink at the bar. So get out there on the dancefloor, find a partner and have a ball!
#7 Ice Skating
Now we’re not saying that you’re likely to get anything like as good as Torvill and Dean, but if you set your sights a little lower, ice skating is pretty great. Just look at “Dancing on Ice”! For some of us just standing on the ice represents a challenge, so this probably isn’t going to be for everyone, but after some practice you’ll find that an hour on the ice will really make you feel the burn.
Whether you’re taking this very seriously and climbing actual mountains or testing yourself out on an indoor climbing wall, this is a versatile sport that tests every part of your body and mind. It’ll seriously improve your endurance and strength.
#9 Table Tennis
Don’t laugh at this one, you’d be surprised how much of a sweat you’ll work up if you really go for it! Table tennis is incredibly fast and demands high levels of concentration, coordination and control.
So we know some will argue this isn’t really a real sport, but for people just starting out getting more active golf is a fantastic reason to get outdoors in the fresh air and socialise. Ditch the golf caddy to make sure you get in those 10,000 steps.
Most of us already know how to cycle and luckily there’s not much else to it if you want to get fit with a bike. Just hop on and off you go! Cycle to work, cycle to the shops, cycle everywhere and you’ll tone up in no time. Don’t have a bike or afraid of those roads? Try spinning classes, which are infamously intense work!
#12 Mud Runs
Obstacle courses come in all shapes and sizes and whether you want to just try out a basic mud run or properly train for an intense looking, army-approved assault course, they’re a ton of fun and a very serious workout.
#13 Horse Riding
Granted, much like golf earlier, horse riding isn’t the kind of sport that will traditionally get you ripped. For those who are just starting out, however, it does offer the opportunity to get out off the couch and enjoy being in the great outdoors which is a perfect starting point for a healthier, more active life.
Experience the amazing beauty of our waterways and lakes from the relative comfort of a little kayak. This is also a physically demanding activity and will give your arms and shoulders the workout of their lives.
#15 Bubble Football
Simply awesome. Ridiculous unadulterated fun. To cap it all off, after a few minutes of play you’ll quickly realise that it’s also extremely hard work. You’ll run and jump and fall and leave the pitch panting and sweating (and maybe a little bruised) but unlike with your old gym, you’ll have had the time of your life.