6 outdoor sports to try this summer

When summer arrives, so does an endless list of possibilities. Some of these include enjoying the great outdoors, as well as starting to get active and fit again. So whether you’re trying to get in shape, lower cholesterol or simply take care of your health, getting involved in some sport is the perfect excuse to get outdoors and try something new!

Not a fan of running or prefer exercising with friends? Read on to discover 6 fun and social outdoor sports to try this summer – whether you’re going on holiday or not!

1. Volleyball

Volleyball has really grown in popularity over the last few years, and is the perfect summer sport to get you moving. Outdoor volleyball or beach volleyball (doesn’t necessarily need to be played on a beach) is typically played with two teams of six players who are separated by a net. Each team then tries to score points by grounding a ball on the other team’s court. You can find your nearest volleyball club on the Volleyball England website.

2. Surfing

Although tricky to master, the benefits of surfing are certainly worth it. Using a large group of muscles and strengthening the core, a single surf session is sure to provide quite the workout! It’s also great for getting your heart rate going, and maintaining a healthy body and cholesterol level. And on top of all that, it’s an excellent excuse to spend more time on the beach. You can find more information of all the best spots on the Surf Guru website.

3. Hiking

Not only a highly effective cardio workout, but an ideal way to uncover hidden trails and discover some of nature’s finest beauty spots. Whether you’re after a day out, a walking holiday or a chance to explore an area, there’s a hiking trail for everyone. You can plan your very own trail on the National Trail website,

4. Kayaking

Kayaking is great for improving muscular strength, especially when it comes to the upper body. This fun water sport involves paddling using a double-bladed oar and a small boat known as a kayak. This can be enjoyed in the ocean, up rivers, and along white-water courses. You can find out where to enjoy a day of kayaking on the National Trust website.

5. Climbing

Climbing truly is a full body workout as it uses lots of muscle groups, both in the upper and lower body. Some of these areas include the back, abdomen and legs as well as specific upper parts of the body such as the fingers, shoulders and arms. A climbing session will also help work on your stamina and endurance. You may want to start by practicing at an indoor climbing wall but once you’re confident enough you can progress outdoors. There are a huge number of crags (cliffs and rock faces) across the country that are popular with climbers and you can find some on the UK Climbing website.

6. Badminton

Although often seen as a gentle sport, badminton is actually great for working your core muscles, as well as strengthening your arm and back muscles. You’ll need a badminton partner and can often hire or borrow the equipment from the badminton courts. If you’re in the London area, you can find your local badminton court at My Local Pitch.

Now that you have a list of outdoor activities to get you started, there’s really nothing holding you back. It’s time for you and your friends to get out there and make the most of the outdoors!

Nick McPherson
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