We all love the long summer days and fun in the sun. The downside to summer is that there are a lot less clothes to hide away behind – all the lumps and bumps are likely to show through. Going to the gym or pounding the pavement is not always the most fun way to spend time on a summer’s day, however.
An Alternative Way to Keep Fit
There are more fun ways to keep fit – take indoor sports, such as indoor soccer, for example – you are getting fit while playing so you don’t really feel as though you have had as much exercise. The big advantage of indoor sports is that they are not dependent on the weather – which can be capricious in summer.
Indoor soccer is played in much the same way as normal soccer – the field is just smaller. Games can be as casual or as serious as you like – many people who play indoor sports set up their own leagues.
And you need not worry if you are still a beginner – soccer is a game that is fun and easy to learn. You just need to find players who are around the same level as you. Once you get fitter, soccer can become more challenging and you will be able to get a really intense workout. Soccer is pretty good cardio for those who play the game.
If kicking the ball isn’t appealing, getting your heart going with volleyball may be a better option. Volleyball doesn’t involve as much running but it is still intense and a great cardio workout.
Indoor cricket is, again, not very different from normal cricket – the rules are amended slightly because of the space you are working with but, by and large, they are about the same. Cricket can also be great for cardio.
Many of us would have played netball at school and so we know what great exercise it can be – it’s an intense, fast-paced game and it can be very competitive.
You will be looking, in the longer term, to increasing your sport to one that is more fast-paced.
We should also remember that keeping fit is not just about looking good but also about being healthier in the long run. In terms of disease, the biggest killers are diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Doctors recommend at least half an hour of cardio exercise three to five times a week to keep our risk of these diseases down.
They also agree that anything that encourages you to exercise is a good thing. If “formal” exercising is not really your scene, you should look at something such as indoor sports for a fun and informal alternative.