Summer breaks are a wonderful time to rejuvenate and explore the outside with fun activities and games. It gives you a chance to develop various athletic interests, sharpen your skills and also keep yourself healthy and fit. While the pandemic has certainly restricted playing opportunities, in normal situations, there are several active sports you can enjoy that range from being calming to being intense and challenging.
Here is a list of handpicked sports activities you can enjoy in these warm months.
No better way than to beat the heat on a scorching summer day by diving into the pool and doing some swimming. Whether you swim for exercise or for fun, summers are an ideal time. All in all, swimming is an extremely viable exercise option as it helps you stay in shape by giving a whole body workout, and builds cardiovascular strength. It is suitable for all ages and is a very diverse sports activity.
Tennis is another wonderful sport to watch and also play. It can be played indoors if you have a court with you. Further, you can enjoy it outside along with some friendly competition and can thus prove to be a great social activity. Tennis is an amazing workout option as its health benefits include improving metabolic functions and lowering body fat.
This game has been one of the oldest sports in India, and in the world. While it is also enjoyed in an ice rink, street hockey or ground hockey is an equally fun and intense game to play during the summer months where you sweat with your peers along with sticks and pucks in an open field for a good game of Hockey. Hockey also comes with a bunch of physical benefits with improving muscle strength and reflexes. It also is an ideal social game that adds to your sense of team spirit and helps you sharpen your individual leadership abilities as you exercise this quality extensively during the game.
Dancing is one of the most pleasurable indoor and outdoor activities. It is extremely popular because whether you engage in classical or western dancing, it is an amazing skill set. Interestingly breakdancing is going to be an Olympic sport soon, hence this summer might be a good time to sharpen your moves. During the pandemic, dancing proves to be a great workout option indoors as today you can learn dancing with a bunch of tutorials online and shake a leg in your own style.
Blind soccer is a game that can be played by both the visually impaired and the people with some amount of sight who wear eye shields during the game to ensure that their vision is disabled. the sport has been governed by the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) since 1996 and is carried out with modified FIFA rules. It is played in a smaller field as compared to traditional soccer. Brazil is said to have the world's best blind soccer team, though increasingly the U.S has been taking initiatives for the game. It debuted at the Paralympic Games for the first time at the Athens 2004 Paralympics, and the game lasts for a total of 50 minutes and with two 25 minute halves.
Known as "America's favorite pastime" Baseball is a fun sport to watch and also play with a group of people in an open field. It works as a beneficial workout as it helps to build arms and legs, along with gaining a good source of vitamin D. Further it helps to build mental focus and concentration, so you do run back home feeling good whether you score a home run during the game or not! Although not very popular in India, Baseball is played in local clubs, schools, and at the university level
Cricket is most certainly beyond a sport in India, it is an emotion that binds the country together. As memorable it is to watch our country players shine in the game, cricket is one of the best options for team games. It enhances team skills, along with social interaction skills to build you to cooperate and communicate better, and teaches you how to cope with winning and losing. Health-wise, it boosts endurance and stamina, improves hand-eye coordination, and balance.
This game is an official Olympic sport and works like a cross between basketball and soccer, where players use their hands to pass a ball among teammates and eventually into the opposing team's goal. Since the goal is similar to a football goal, you can easily play it on an open football field. The game helps to add to your body's flexibility and improves mental focus and self-confidence.
Football is yet again one of the most popularly followed games worldwide. It is a high-cardio, high-energy game that works the best to play outside in the summers. 2022 shall host the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, which will have fans around the world kicking with excitement. Thus, this summer proves to be the best time to learn and be acquainted with this game.
Summer brings to you several opportunities where you can pick your bike and go down cycling leisurely on a scenic ride. Further, you can use your cycle to get where you need to go while enjoying the weather. Cycling is one of the best ways for weight loss as it decreases body fat levels and helps you effectively stay fit. It also boosts cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength, and flexibility, joint mobility, and reduces stress levels.
This sport takes you back to your roots as it is a traditional Indian game. With tournaments like Pro-Kabbadi League giving the game a new outlook in India, Kabbadi is certainly a fun sport if you want to get your hands dirty in a good way. It also builds your stamina, speed, agility, and multitasking abilities. The game demands pro-activeness, crisis management, and enhances your presence of mind.
Well, if you are someone who craves adventure sports and also enjoys being by the beach, you should look at surfing as one of your options. As much as it is fun to ride by the waves, surfing helps to improve cardiovascular health, flexibility and relieves stress. The sport is not so easy to learn but once given the time and commitment it rewards you with high self-gratification.
This is an extreme sport, and for people who love adventure and thrill, climbing a mountain of a low or high peak is exactly what your go-to summer plan could be. If you want to refrain from rough terrains, you can also look at indoor or outdoor classes on a climbing wall instead.
This game turns out to be yet another fun summer activity, that can be played both on the sand and on the beach. Playing this sport strengthens the upper body, arms, shoulders, thighs, abdominals, and lower legs. In addition, volleyball improves hand-eye coordination, reflexes, and balance and teaches teamwork and communication. It is considered to be a great social activity.
Archery or Rifle Shooting
If you wish to spend your summers in activities that channelize your focus and concentration skills, archery is a perfect option for you. Hence, pick up your bow, arrow, or guns, and aim solely at the bull’s eye. These games are one of the best options to improve your hand-eye coordination and upper body strength.
Often associated as the ‘rich man’s sport’; golf is another option you can look at. If you wish to spend your summers in large, green grounds learning to hit a ball with a club (stick), you should try this sport. The game contributes to both physical fitness and mental alertness
If your idea of a summer sport is simply being outdoors and carrying out some activity without any equipment or game rules, running is your ideal option. All you need is a pair of comfortable pants and good shoes to set you off to explore the outside. Whether you run a race or a long marathon or jog some kilometers on a daily basis, running is extremely fruitful. A 2018 meta-analysis that studied the relationship between running and longevity found that runners have about a 25 to 30 percent lower rate of all-cause mortality on follow-up than non-runners. It mentioned, “Any amount of running, even once a week, is better than no running.” It further helps to build strong bones and muscles, burns fat, and maintains healthy weight along with improved cardiovascular fitness.
It is important to realize that sports games are extremely crucial in maintaining physical and mental health. They not only provide you a good exercise routine but also give you a scope to sharpen your personality by teaching you important life skills. Hence, quickly pick the sport that suits your interest and body type and make your summer a memorable one.