I find it a little strange that people who take up sports regularly and seriously are so serious. I prefer the more everyday fun activities that technically exercise but not in the deep, how-much-can-you-bench sense. I have a lot of respect for those who engage in these types of sports. Melissa Breyer, Mother Nature Network’s recreation director, has more forms of exercise that could improve our physical or mental health.
Although running and weightlifting can result in toned legs and bulging biceps – social dancing and ping-pong have their advantages. Although fitness magazines might promote the glamorous look of a hard workout, many other sports offer more benefits. These activities require concentration, coordination and practice. However, they are also fun and social and add to their appeal.
You don’t need to go to the gym if you can Foxtrot and swing all night. You can reduce stress, improve your cardiovascular health, and create a positive social atmosphere.
This is not all. The Stanford University Dance Division conducted a study to determine if physical and cognitive recreational activities affected mental acuity. They found that among all cognitive and physical activities, from swimming and tennis to reading and crossword puzzles, frequent dancing had the highest score with a 76 percent reduction in dementia risk. It turns out that dancing integrates multiple brain functions simultaneously – kinesthetic and rational, musical, emotional, and emotional – leading to neural connectivity.
Although “The Big Lebowski”, although “The Dude,” was a pot-smoking slacker, ” The Dude’s penchant for bowling defies his lazy demeanor. Bowling burns 240 calories an hour and strengthens and tones the upper body muscles, improves heart fitness and endurance, and maintains bone density.
8 Amazing Benefits of Walking reveals the remarkable power of this seemingly simple activity. Studies have shown that walking has a positive effect on the following:
- Lower risk of developing dementia
- Lower risk of suffering from stoke
- Higher chance of surviving breast carcinoma
- Significant improvements in fatigue, depression, and mental capacity in people with fibromyalgia
- Reduced use of medication
- Significant reduction in the risk of developing type 2 diabetes
- Greater sexual desire, satisfaction, and more
Take a walk.
Fencing is an elegant sport that can’t be beaten. Just think about Hollywood’s golden age for soave swashbucklers and those tight swashbuckling trousers if you’re still unsure. Fencing has many amazing health benefits beyond its dashing looks and smooth movements. Researchers in one study examined fencing’s ability to counter cognitive decline associated with aging. The sport requires players to make quick decisions and place a lot of emphasis on flexibility and visual attention. Fencing is associated with less cognitive decline due to its cognitive training.
Golfers who carry their bags and walk on a nine-hole course burn an average of 721 calories. Golfers who use a pull cart or walk with a caddie burn 613 calories. Even golfers who use a cart to transport their bags burn 411 calories. Golf offers longevity and the social aspect, fresh air, and sunshine. According to a study done in Sweden, the death rate of golfers was 40 percent lower than that of other members of the same age group. This results in a five-year increase in life expectancy.
Although volleyball is a more strenuous activity than others on the list, it’s still a very enjoyable sport.
You can choose to follow Gene Kelly’s graceful roller-skating moves or the hard dames of roller derby. Many reasons are gliding around on wheels appeals to everyone. Roller-skating is a great way to stretch and improve your cardiovascular health. For a 150-pound individual, skating can burn nearly 500 calories per hour.
Ping pong is a sport that involves standing in a single spot. It provides a cardiovascular workout that improves reflexes and core tone. It also improves joint mobility and increases energy. It stimulates brain activity because it relies on quick thinking and eye-hand coordination.