When it comes to feeling and being your absolute best, getting outdoors and trying a new sport is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Warm weather and longer days are the perfect combination for taking a break from the gym or making good on your overdue New Year’s resolutions to be more physically active. The fitness center known as the great outdoors offers some incredible ways to get your heart pumping, build strength and improve your overall wellness. From renting gear at your local outdoor shop to booking a lesson with a professional instructor, there are all sorts of ways to try new sports that could become your next passion. Whether you choose low impact or high intensity you’ll be working muscles you never knew you had and having a great time doing it!
1. Take walking to the next level – take a hike
Walking is especially good for you when you add a backpack and hiking boots into the mix and tackle more challenging terrain. If you’re nervous about venturing into the woods alone, check out MeetUp.com to find a hiking group near you that hikes at your pace on terrain you’re comfortable with. You don’t have to climb a mountain to take a hike. A simple nature trail at your local Audubon Society or walking trail at a nearby park is the perfect way to spend a summer day while burning calories and getting some fresh air. If you live in the city or you don’t have any walking trails in your area, just head to a town you typically commute through and take some time to explore a community that’s usually just a blur on your ride to and from work. Once you’re home, put your feet up and enjoy one of our RELAX CBD products as you reflect on all the different things you saw and the simple pleasures you enjoyed.
2. Play Frisbee golf “on the fly”
You don’t have to have an “official” course near you to play Frisbee golf or a fancy set of discs for different distances (if you didn’t know such things exist, they do, and they’re amazing). All you need is a friend, a basic Frisbee and a wide open space. When classes are done for the summer time, high schools, elementary schools and college campuses are perfect places to play since people and their cars are less likely to be around. Pick a target off in the distance like a light pole, fence post, fire hydrant or bike rack and then take turns tossing your Frisbees until one of you hits the target with your disc. The player who hit the target in the least number of throws wins the hole and gets to choose the next target. Many of us go to great lengths to avoid walking but it’s one of the best forms of low impact exercise there is. Adding the challenge and friendly competition of golf makes walking a lot more fun and our UPLIFT CBD products are the perfect choice to keep your energy up throughout your round.
3. Burn calories and explore the outdoors on a bike
Once we get our driver’s license or public transportation pass, we forget about how much fun we used to have on our bikes. If it’s been a few years since you’ve ridden your old bike, be sure to get it tuned up by a professional or ask your local bike shop about rentals. Whether you choose a road bike, mountain bike, hybrid or beach cruiser, few forms of summer exercise are more fun or easier on your body than biking. Cycling is still a workout though so after your ride, be sure to use one of our RELIEVE CBD products with the anti-inflammatory and calming properties you need to rest and recover.
4. Get a great workout on the water in a kayak or on a stand up paddleboard
There’s nothing like being by a lake, river or beach on a hot summer day – especially after you’ve earned your downtime after a few hours of exercise. From beginner lessons to guided tours, there are qualified kayak and stand up paddleboard instructors in just about every part of the country who handle all the logistics and provide all the gear you need for an awesome workout. Even big cities like Boston and New York have several organizations to choose from so you can learn how to paddle without venturing far into the woods or driving to the coast. Working out is always more enjoyable when the scenery changes. Paddling a kayak or stand up paddleboard gives you access to places normally reserved for turtles and ducks while working your upper body and core. After your adventure on the water, kick back with our RELIEVE CBD products to guard against any aches and pains.
5. Racket and paddle sports = fun and fitness for all ages
Tennis is one of the signature racket sports of summer but it’s not the only one. Thanks to its inexpensive equipment and age-friendly court size, Pickelball is one of the fastest growing sports in the country – of any kind! If you’ve never heard of it, the best way to describe it is a game of ping pong with oversized paddles played on a tennis court with a large Whiffle ball. Like tennis, Pickelball can be played in singles or doubles, the latter being popular with senior citizens since there’s less ground to cover while providing a great cardio workout. Badminton has been a backyard barbecue favorite for centuries and squash is enjoying a resurgence in cities and towns all over the country. Check your community’s parks and recreation department to learn about leagues, pick-up games and lessons in your area and discover how much fun and inexpensive a racket sports workout can be! Whichever racket sport you choose, our REVIVE CBD products can help you take on the challenge with energy and enthusiasm.
6. Take a rock climbing lesson to add a dose of adrenaline to your workout
It’s a combination of excitement and a good kind of fear like riding a roller coaster – from the somewhat intimidating harness and helmet to the completely unnatural act of feeling for hand and footholds, rock climbing challenges your mind as well as your body in ways you have to experience to understand. Ask your local outdoor store or a rock gym if they offer any outdoor classes and if they have suggestions for certified instructors in your area. Even if you have to travel a few hours, the trip will be worth it as rock climbing offers a level of exhilaration few outdoor sports can match – just be sure to bring along our UPLIFT CBD products to provide the focus and energy you need to push your limits!
Don’t let summer pass you by without trying at least one new outdoor sport. You’ll have fun, feel great and make memories you’ll cherish all winter long!