The majority of us engage with some sort of sport. After all, we need to keep up with our recommended 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise or 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise per week. However, we tend to get roped into the same old sports out of sheer habit. Perhaps we head to the gym, maybe we form part of a soccer or football team, or maybe we engage with a bit of boxing. But it’s important to bear in mind that there are alternative forms of exercise out there. Sure, they might not be as well advertised to us, but it’s a good idea to try them out. Who knows – you could find something that you’re truly passionate about. So, to open your mind a little, here are a few different alternative forms of exercise that you might like to try your hand at.
Yoga classes tend to be dominated by women, but there’s not actually any logical reason for this. All genders can benefit from this form of exercise and the truth is that many men are actually turned off the regime due to advertising mainly marketed at women. So, start changing the status quo and sign up to a local class to get a feel for it! Yoga can significantly improve your flexibility, reduce your chances of cartilage and joint damage, build muscle strength and core strength, and increase your blood flow.
It’s surprising that more people aren’t involved in martial arts. Not only do these sports keep you fit and healthy, but they can come in handy if you ever need to practice self-defense too. While there are many forms of martial arts out there, they can all endow you with a relatively similar set of skills. These can include:
- Mastering self-discipline
- Learning how to take a hit
- Remaining calm and focused in threatening situations
- Consciousness of your own body
If this appeals to you, learn how to tie a karate belt and sign up for your local class. You will be up against a relatively long process before you start climbing the ladder of martial arts qualifications, but it will be more than worth your efforts in the end.
Ice skating might not be the most accessible sport out there, but if there is a rink local to you then you might want to consider trying it out. Most rinks have skate hire, so you don’t have to worry about investing in your own pair of skates (which can be relatively costly) until you’re entirely certain that this is something that you’re definitely interested in. Most rinks also offer ice skating lessons, which can allow you to learn proper techniques, including how to stop safely. If you find that you have a talent for skating, you might want to consider progressing onto other ice based sports such as speed skating or ice hockey.
These are just a few different forms of fitness that might not have passed through your mind before, but that you might want to consider trying out now!