Let’s face it; exercising and getting fit isn’t always that fun, and this disinterest is often one of the major reasons that people quit. If you’re not having fun, then you’re far less likely to stick with something. For some, the gym is a great place to be, but for others, we need a little bit more excitement. With this in mind, here’s a list of five new sports that you can try. All will help you get fit, but they’re all more interesting than an half and hour’s boredom on the treadmills.
Riding BMX is not easy. You’ll need to develop a very strong sense of balance, coupled with the core strength required to keep yourself going through all of the twisting and turning of your body, especially if you choose a bike without a seat. BMX bikes are generally not as expensive as mountain and sports bikes, so it’s not too difficult to get into either.
Is running to slow and boring for you? Make things more interesting by strapping wheels to your feet. Yes, you’ll need to put more time in to get the equivalent workout as you would running on your feet, but the rewards are great. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, then you can always learn tricks too. Roller derby is a great option for girls with an eye for contact sport.
Not a real sport you say? Well, flying disc sports were recently recognised as real sports by the Olympic Committee, and it’s very likely that we’ll see ultimate Frisbee at the Summer Games in the near future. Running, jumping, hand-eye coordination, this fun sport has it all, and it’s taking off everywhere too, so you shouldn’t have trouble finding a group. You’ll be able to compete directly with men too, which is always good fun.
Want to tone up those arms? Kayaking requires real upper body endurance and good core strength, so this is a fantastic option if those are your target areas. You can burn hundreds of calories really quite quickly doing this, but it’s so much fun that you’ll forget you’re even working out. Check out your local water sports centres – there’s bound to be a class for beginners.
Freerunning and parkour generally seems to have more of a male following, but that doesn’t in any way there aren’t women doing it. You need to be safe, and work with people that know what they’re doing, but this is a fantastic sport for overall body definition, and you don’t need any specialist equipment.