For some of us, going to the Gym generates those happy endorphins, for others it is a chore. For some, dancing or gardening rocks their boat. Even pushing the vaccuum cleaner can be beneficial to our health as a form of exercise and creating a sense of self-worth.....much more so than some people believe.
Fed up of all those run of the mill things that people do: football, netball, cycling, gym. It’s good to leave our comfort zones every once in a while. Here are some activities that you’ll probably enjoy if given a chance. Put them on your bucket list and try as many as you can at least once!
Aerobics, archery, aquatics, automobile racing
Archery - Pick up a bow and arrow, and channel your inner link as you
strive to hit the center of each target. Choose from: Traditional archery, 3D
archery, target archery, or field archery. In general, you’ll mostly
have to spend on a bow, arrows, targets, and tournament fees (if you decide to
Check out Archery GB.
Badminton, biking, boxing, beekeeping, basketball, baseball, bocce ball, bowling, body building, bull fighting, boomerang, bobsleigh, biathlon, billiards
Beekeeping - You get to care for a whole colony of bees. They will reward you with deliciously fresh honey. Wear appropriate beekeeping protection and get advise from the British Bee Keepers Association before you begin
Croquet, cricket, cross country skiing, curling, cycling, canoeing
Cross Country Skiing - More popular and accessible than previously, this sport enhances connectivity with the countryside.
Check out Ski Club of Great Britain
Darts, deep sea diving, downhill skiing, dancing, diving, dog training, dog sledding, decathlon
Diving - is a skill that stimulates the mind and relaxes the body. The underwater world is accessible to most people, whether it be an ocean, a lake or even a practice session in a swimming pool. Clubs exist across the world and taking a basic course is essential for safety purposes.
Equestrian activities and eventing, escape rooms
Escape Room antics - An escape room is basically a live-action adventure puzzle. You start off stuck in a room and you have anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes to figure out how to escape. Each escape room has its own theme—ranging from dungeon cells to haunted houses to mysterious mansions.
Check out Escape Room Enthusiasts on Facebook
Football, fishing, fencing, forageing, figure skating, forgework, foosball
Foraging - Don’t you just love free food? With foraging, you can find your own food that grows in the great outdoors. To start, all you need is a bag to collect your food and a good book or guide to know what to look for—the last thing you want is to munch on something poisonous.
Check out Active Health to learn more
Golf, gardening, gymnastics
Golf - If there ever was an outdoor activity that pits you against
yourself, it is golf. Walking miles in
the fresh air and hitting a ball towards an intended target is not always as
easy as it sounds. Play as a social sport, compete, or simply challenge yourself
to improve your Handicap Index. It is a sport for all who have the time.
Check out England Golf
Hockey, hiking, hot air ballooning, hunting, horseback riding, horseshoes, handball, hang gliding, hula hoop
Hiking - Anyone who's experienced the triumph of
summiting a mountain knows that hiking is an incredible workout, particularly beneficial for the brain to support cognitive health.
Ice skating, inline skating
Inline skating (Rollerblading) - provides anaerobic benefits,
such as muscle strengthening and toning. Lower body muscles, core muscles, and upper body muscles receive an effective workout.
From long leg strides, maintaining posture, and swinging the arms, the entire
body receives muscular benefit.
Check out UK Inline Skating Association
Jogging, juggling, jive, jump roping, judo
Jive – Modern Jive/Ceroc has many health benefits. Research has shown it keeps your brain in shape and was the only physical activity of a selection measured, to be associated with a lower risk of dementia.
Kiting, karate, knee boarding, kayaking, kite surfing
Kite Surfing – When kitesurfing you have a board on your feet and are connected to your kite by a harness which attaches to your waist. This sport develops core and upper body strength and gives cardiovascular benefits and reduces stress Check out Kitesurfing UK or British Kitesports.
Luge - is a gravity based sport, in general, it's beneficial to be somewhat taller and heavier. The extra weight helps propel the sled.
Mountain biking, mountaineering and climbing, metal detecting, motorcycle racing
Metal Detecting - another one of those hit or miss hobbies for fun, not always yielding results right away. The thrill of metal detecting comes with not knowing what you’re going to find: gold, old coins, jewellery, an old bottle top and more.
Netball, nine pin bowling, nordic walking, nine ball, nordic skiing, nurturing animals and pets
Nine or Ten Pin Bowling - can help speed up your metabolism through
consistent movement while playing the game. Bowlers use 134
muscles during a game. The repetitive swinging, flexing, bending and stretching
also helps tone muscle groups in your arms, chest, back and legs.
Find a venue at Go Tenpin
Openwater swimming, ocean rowing, orienteering, off-road boarding, obstacle course racing, outdoor handball
Openwater swimming – develops better circulation. When we become cold, blood rushes to our
organs, making our hearts work a little bit harder, increasing happiness.
Immersion in cold water has the effects of increasing metabolism, boosts the immune system and improves the skin.
Pool, para gliding, panning for gold, paint ball, paddle boarding, parachuting, pigeon racing, prize fighting, pole dancing
Panning for Gold - Fortunately, not all the gold has dried up in the world—you just have to pan in the right places: Pembrokeshire, Torquay, Dumfries, Helmsdale in the UK. A gold trap pan is all you need to get started.
Start by visiting: Minegold
Qianball, Quadrathlon, Quidditch, Quoits
Quidditch - in the real world (officially Muggles
Quidditch) is played by seven people on each team. Findings suggest involvement enhances leadership skills, social gains, improves health and fitness,
self-confidence and pride.
Check it out on Quidditch UK.
Rock climbing, racket ball, rugby, running, roller blading, rodeo riding, river rafting, roller skating, rowing, rounders, rogaining, rope jumping (skipping), roller hockey
Squash, soccer, skateboarding, sky diving, shot put, stargazing, shuffle boarding, snow sledding, sprint running, snowshoeing, sumo wrestling, scuba diving, surfing, synchronized swimming, sailing, speed skating, swimming, speed skating
Stargazing - If you thought the stars were pretty, you’ll be blown away when you see how much is out there without light pollution getting in the way. There are designated 'Dark Sky' areas across the UK.
Treasure hunt a Geocach - All
around the world, there are small containers (called “caches”) that are hidden
away in various locations (hence “geo”).
In Geocaching, you pick a cache from a master list of all available
caches—and your goal is to find it by navigating to
its GPS coordinates. Some geocaches are
hidden along forest trails or natural landmarks, while others are stashed in
the heart of a city. Anyone can hide a cache and add it to
the master list. It’s a fun and free way to get active and start exploring the
Under Water Photography - Amazing scenes and wonderful wild-life await us under the seas and oceans of the planet. Simply try snorkelling with a disposable waterproof camera and see what you can do. Before you know it, you will be signing up for Scuba Diving lessons and a course in Under Water photography.
Volleyball, vault, velodrome cycling,
Volleyball — a game for two teams of six players, in which a large ball is hit by hand over a high net, the aim being to score points by making the ball reach the ground on the opponent's side of the court. See also Beach Volleyball. Similar sports and variations include Throwball, Newcomb Ball.
Water skiing, wind surfing, water gardening (hydroponics), wheelchair basketball, wakeboarding, salt water snorkelling, walking football, white water rafting, water tubing, wrestling, weight lifting, water polo
Water Gardening - Gardening helps us reconnect with nature. Try building an indoor water garden.
Xare — a racket sport, a form of Basque pelota, where players face each other across a net which is strung across the middle of an indoor court.
Xingyiquan — is one of the major "internal" styles of Chinese martial arts.
Yoga, yachting and sailing, Yak polo, Yo-Yo, Yotsudama
Yachting and Sailing - From cruising a Yacht on the open ocean to competitively racing dinghys on an inland lake, the principles of sailing are the same. A small dinghy may cost a few hundred pounds, add a buoyancy aid and appropriate weather proof sailing gear and anyone can participate.
By 2021, Cheshire locals have been learning to sail as well as competitively racing at Budworth on its inland water for 75 years
Zorb Football — a team sport that was derived from association football (soccer) in which players are encased in an inflated bubble called Zorb.
Focus on what you want – not on what you don’t want. Become more aware of what you spend most of your time focusing on. Believe anything is possible. Believe in your own potential. Extend those boundaries. One will never grow bigger than the boundaries we set. Put it out there. Don’t be afraid to try.
Some Activities are doubly good for our health.
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