Summer is finally here. With the sun shining and the temperature climbing, it’s the ideal time to spend time outdoors. If you’re not looking to simply lounge around in the hammock or on the patio, there are plenty of sports that you can pick up to stay active and healthy while you enjoy the warm weather. Here are just some of the ways you can have fun and get moving this summer.
When it’s hot outside, a trip to the pool is a great way to get some exercise while simultaneously cooling off. You can work out your whole body without getting sweaty. There are also a variety of ways to have fun in the water, whether you want to get into competitive swimming, simply swim laps on your own, or just goof around with friends and family.
2. Water polo
Aside from swimming in general, water polo is another way to get some exercise in the pool. Basically, there are goals at each end of the pool, and the team that scores the most goals wins the game. It’s a sport that requires speed and strength, in addition to exceptional fitness, according to Swimming.org.
Taking up running is ideal for people looking for a simple way to get active that requires minimal equipment. You can throw on some sneakers and shorts and go jogging right in your neighborhood or find a nearby trail. It’s up to you whether you want to get competitive and train for a race (e.g., a marathon or a 5K) or just run more casually to enjoy the outdoors and stay in shape.
Riding a bike can serve as a fun way to get exercise and appreciate the summer weather and scenery – in addition to being a convenient mode of transportation. You can take leisurely rides on your own, bike to and from work, or participate in bike races.
Joining a soccer team is ideal if you want to take part in some friendly competition and improve your fitness at the same time. Soccer – or football, as it’s called outside of the U.S. – is the most popular ball game in the world in terms of numbers of athletes and spectators, according to Encyclopedia Britannica. At the turn of the 21st century, more than 1.3 billion people across the globe had expressed interest in football.
6. Tough Mudder
If you’re looking for a challenge, you might be interested in participating in a Tough Mudder – a 10-12 mile obstacle course that aims to test both your mental and physical stamina. Although each course/event varies, some typical obstacles include live wires hanging over a field of mud, tunnels filled with mist similar to tear gas, and monkey bars coated in mud and butter over cold water.
When you think of hockey, you might envision players skating around an ice rink. However, street and field hockey allow you to take part in the sport in other places, including outdoors during the warmer months. You just need some friends, sticks, and an empty street to get some exercise and entertainment on a summer afternoon.
Although you can play tennis in all seasons, it’s particularly enjoyable outside, according to the Mic article “25 Sports to Help You Get Active This Summer.” Consider taking it up if you have access to a racket, a court and a friend to play against.
9. Ultimate Frisbee
Created in 1968 by a group of high school students in New Jersey, Ultimate Frisbee involves the constant movement of soccer with the airborne passing element of football. If you’d like to go a step beyond regular Frisbee, Ultimate is an effective way to have fun, get/stay in shape and bond with teammates.
Summer is prime time for a game of golf, one of the world’s most popular pastimes. In 2015, 24.1 million people in the U.S. participated in golf (meaning they played it at least once), according to the National Golf Foundation.
Overall, there are plenty of ways to take in the nice weather and stay active during the summer months. No matter which sport you pick, consider ordering custom lanyards for yourself and/or your team. Customized woven lanyards – which can include your team name and colors, or a pattern that shows your enthusiasm for a particular sport – serve multiple purposes: They can help you keep track of your personal belongings (e.g., your keys), boost team spirit and serve as mementos of all the fun you had when the summer is over.
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