By: Vanshita Sethi, SFU Student
With the start of a new year, comes a new variant spoil our plans and our resolutions. new year new me becomes increasingly difficult to follow as we remain stuck in a pandemic. However, if we have learned anything over the past two years, it is to find ways to adapt and thrive in the harshest calamities. One of the hardest hit areas is health and aptitude of individuals around the world. Here are our sports picks to keep your body (and mind) in top shape this year.
- Play chess!
Yes Beth Harmon something taught us from Queen’s Gambit is that chess is a game of minds and everyone should have a taste of it. While sport is primarily associated with a game of strength, at the heart of it all game comes down to a focused, calm, collected and calculating mind. The game only requires one chessboard and two players, unless you want to try playing from both sides of the board. This year, put your wits to the test and embody the sassiness of Beth Harmon while you’re at it.
- Pick up a paddle
SFU is home to many ping pong tables in the AQ, both interior and outdoors, to encourage students to take up the paddle and serve to their friends. Also known as puff puff and table tennis, you don’t have to be a professional to play the game. Like chess, it involves two players engaging in a rally by hitting the ball back and forth across the table after a bounce until that a player does not. Not only does the game improve hand-eye coordination, but it also improves reflexes. The next time you see an empty table at college, don’t miss the chance of a ping-pong game.
- Try the Hula-Hoop
Probably associated with the children of the daycare, this activity has similar health benefits to aerobic activities like dancing. Hula-hooping only requires a hoop around the waist and is a one-person activity. It helps to strenghten core muscles, increases flexibility and burns calories. It might not be the sport’s conventional choice, but this year should be about trying things that are different, unique, and fun. Let’s relive childhood with the hula-hoop.
- Indoor Basketball
While gymnasiums and recreational spaces remain closed, the City of Burnaby has plenty of basketballs available courts. Although it is a competitive game involving many players, it can also be played individually. Again, you don’t need skill, but the goal is to improve your physical condition. You could even install a hoop in your garage. There are many games you can play by yourself like Around the world. Simply move to different positions around the net with each shot down. The catch – if you miss a shot more than once, you have to start over from your original position.
- Learn a new game: Carrom
Carrom is a game of Indian origin that involves a carrom board and a maximum of four players. The board game consists of approximately 19 circular pieces of three different colors. The objective of the game is to pocket the Queen piece that holds the highest points with all other pieces of the chosen color. Like most board games, it requires concentration and precision and helps exercise your mind. The game “strike and pocket” bears a “striking” resemblance to billiards and can be played by people of all ages. He appeared in the Commonwealth Games too.