Are you looking for a fun and simple way to work out that doesn’t involve buying a ton of pricey equipment? Or maybe you just want to avoid going to the gym and give something else a try? Or perhaps you want to tick an important point connected to your fitness on the list of your New Year’s resolutions but you don’t know how to begin? There are actually plenty of sports that are open to adults and easily accessible. Here are 5 fun sports you can start now.
1. Running and jogging
Ruuning has become one of the most popular outdoor activities for recreation. The most obvious advantage of running is that you can do it almost anywhere and it’s really inexpensive. You can choose the time, the distance and the speed of your workout. What’s more, you can just enjoy your own company and have some ‘me-time’ or you can take a friend with you and motivate each other and simply have fun together. There are also groups of runners you can join, depending on the level of your fitness.
All you need to do is look for them locally.
It doesn’t matter whether you do jogging or running, you can use the support of a number of apps on your smartphone and track your progress daily. Additionally, if you need any advice on your technique or general tips on running, you can find a lot of books, articles and videos online which were made by professional runners and which can make your start easier. So, take the first step now and start running.
2. Indoor bouldering
Indoor bouldering which is a form of rock climbing is probably the easiest one to start with. First of all, ropes or a partner aren’t really necessary (climbing gyms will provide you with all the gear you need), and you won’t go far off the ground. The task is to climb along a marked route without falling off. At every venue, there’s an instructor or a trainer available who will explain the basics to you and assist you. Since this sport is done indoors, you can train even on a rainy or snowy day.
And if you happen to make friends at climbing gyms, you may want to try other kinds of climbing.
Just as running, cycling is becoming more and more popular among people of all ages and levels of fitness. If you don’t own a bike, you can rent one or use one from bikeshare services. You could cycle to work every day or go on trips at the weekend; it all depends on your needs and preferences. There are also lots of apps that you could use for support.
Additionally, biking is environment-friendly and can help you save up a little. And if you invest your savings into in a new bike, you will soon enjoy cycling even more, thanks to the lightweight frames that come with trendsetting technology and accessories.
Longboarding is one of the activities that are best for beginners. A longboard is longer and faster than a skateboard. After you get the basics of longboarding, you can use it as your main form of transportaion or try slalom racing and long distance racing. However, if you are a complete beginner you should definitely invest in protective gear because the falls are unavoidable. What’s more, modern longboards are nicely designed and well-crafted. It is also quite cheap to customize your longboard.
And if you want to make sure your life is eco-friendly, don’t hesitate and start longboarding now.
Number 5 on the list of sports you can start now is trekking. There are a lot of benefits of doing this sport. These include: improving your physical health (you spend hours on the trail, walking up and down hills, climbing and hopping), losing weight (you can burn up to 600 calories per hour if you go trekking with a full backpack), reducing stress and anxiety ( you’re exposed to nature and beautiful views and you focus only on the activity itself) and social benefits (trekking with other people may help create lifelong friendships since you bond on the way and support each other if you come up against any trouble).
Trekking is done by people of all ages and the most basic piece of equipment is a pair of comfortable shoes.
There you have it! There are surely more than 5 sports you can start now that are worth trying. Who knows? Maybe they’re easier and cheaper that you thought?