For many, summer is the season for outdoor activities. The weather ranges from temperate to warm and even rainy days don’t necessarily mean staying indoors. This is the ideal season to play sports. While the potential for hot and humid conditions is a little unsettling, given that you’re not a professional athlete, remember that you control the pace at which you want to operate. There are gentle sports that don’t require too much sprinting and those that require a bit more effort.
Pickleball is similar to tennis. It’s actually a mixture of tennis, table tennis and badminton. It is played on a flat surface about half the size of a singles tennis court with rackets, a ball and a net slightly smaller than that of a tennis court. Often people set up their pickleball courts on tennis courts, although any flat, paved surface is fine.
This sport is easy to learn and does not require the same athletic prowess as tennis. Participation has grown in recent years and, aided by A-list celebrities seen playing, has been called the fastest growing sport in America. This sport is renowned for its ability to engage any aged player or athletic ability. Although it can be very competitive, it is imbued with a spirit of fun.
Great for hand-eye coordination, pickleball increases agile movement and muscle strength. There is a study that shows it can curb depression, which is not surprising given that kinesthetic activities often have this effect.
2. Ultimate Frisbee
Ultimate Frisbee is about covering a large area while pickleball is about covering a small one. A suitable field is 70 meters by 40 meters and to the untrained eye may look like two packs of fast gazelles chasing a disc that goes one way and then the other.
In truth, Ultimate Frisbee involves a lot of strategy, as well as speed, quickness, stamina, and hand-eye coordination. It can help you get interval training and improve agility and sprint ability. This is a high impact aerobic workout in a team scenario, known for light competition between participants.
Golf is indeed considered a sport because it is competitive and requires both mental and physical strength and agility. It does not require sprinting or quick changes of direction or defending opposing players. They say golf is a game you play with yourself because playing with consistency is a mental battle. They say golf is easy to learn but impossible to master.
Golf courses are some of the most beautiful and best maintained green spaces in the world. Being on a golf course gives a sense of mental well-being – although that can be tricky when you’re not on your game.
You don’t need to fund pools to join a swim league this summer. Swimming is great for your heart, while taking some of the stress out of the body impact. It develops cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength and endurance while improving heart and lung function and facilitating weight loss.
You can find maintained tennis courts in many cities and towns. All you need is a racquet and a few balls and you can play set after set with a partner or in a foursome. Canadian doubles is the scenario in which two players on one side of the court play against a player on the other.
Tennis has many health benefits, including:
- Reduce body fat
- Increased reaction time
- Improve metabolic function
- Increase aerobic capacity
- Improve muscle, tone, strength and flexibility
Staying fit equals a healthy lifestyle and staying fit with exercise is a fun way to go about it. Joining a team or league can become a social engagement you look forward to for more than just kinesthetic reasons. There are so many options, ranging from formal to informal, that there is no reason not to practice outdoor sports in the summer.