This week, there is a link up called 5 Fitness Trends I’d Never Try. Maybe a few years ago, I’d be able to write that post. But in the last few years, I’ve tried some new activities and loved them. And I’m intrigued by a few others that I have yet to experience.
Running is my number one sport. I’m not great at it but I love it. That’s a given. But these are 5 other sports I am growing to love and would recommend you try if you haven’t yet. Bonus points are they are great cross training options, working on different muscle groups and giving you a variety
- Swimming – this year, I started taking swim lessons for the first time ever. I’m late to it and I was afraid of the water for a long time. I’ve always considered training for a triathlon but knew I wouldn’t be able to attempt the swimming portion. So I thought about duathlons (which just have bike and run sections) but they are not as common. This summer, for the first time, I am swimming laps and getting stronger and getting better. Swimming is great exercise, a great way to cool off after another activity, and there are tons of free places to swim in the summer.
- Tennis – This is not as easy a sport as it looks. Right now, I am doing drills and working on keeping my wrist locked so I can hold the racquet straight and hit the ball consistently where I want it to go. Tennis makes me sweat almost as much as running. It is running. Except now, you’re chasing a ball, and then using your upper body strength to maneuver the racquet. In that regard, tennis might be even better exercise than running!?! The downside is there aren’t as many courts as there are free running trails. In the city, most tennis courts are on permit only basis and the permit can be expensive.
- Hiking – it’s just walking but often, it’s walking with a heavy pack strapped to your body. And it’s walking miles and miles across rugged terrain, up inclines, scrambling over rocks. Trust me when you’re done, you’ll be tired. Bonus points because you’ll be outside, probably in some picturesque location – perfect for selfie taking
- Rollerblading – I still suck at the blades and I’m still scared of falling but I’ve been trying. Rollerblading is great for the legs, great for developing balance and coordination. Knee and elbow pads strongly recommended.
- Biking – works the legs, works the core, builds stamina. Caution: Always, always wear a helmet. And be careful in the streets. Biking can be pricey to start. You’ll need a bike and they can run into the thousands. But you can also get a cheap, used bike to start if you’re just going to be riding recreationally. Bonus points: the biking community is friendly and cohesive. If you pull up at the bike shop, your bike is an instant conversation starter, with other riders wanting to give you tips, teaching you how to take care of your investment, suggesting ways to maximise your fun, etc. And if you don’t want to bike alone, you can find a riding group that matches your pace and skill level.
I wanted to put CrossFit on the list. I am intrigued by idea of being able to move from one intense activity to another, but I’ve never done it. Cross Fit is on my list of things to try next summer.
What sports have you tried recently?