Sporting Alternatives

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I’ll just say it, I’m not into sports. I enjoyed the occasional game of dodgeball during recess in elementary school and playing flag football with my friends, but I could never really get into traditional sports. I did karate for years, but many don’t consider it a “real sport”. So, if you’re like me and you’re just not into sports, I have some alternatives to keep you physically active, and hopefully not entirely obvious suggestions.

One thing to think about is what you decide to do between classes. If you have a big gap between classes and not a lot of homework to do, consider taking a walk around campus, either the entire campus (if you have enough time) or just a particular part of campus you like. You don’t have to overdo it, take a seat if you need a rest. You can do this any time you have the chance.

If there’s a local park near you, and if/when you have the time, consider going for a while (make sure you’re with someone or that there are plenty of people around). Simply walk and take in the air. If you have a dog, take it there for a while, or if you’re with friends, bring a frisbee to play with or a ball to kick around.

Some things that may be considered “childish” are good for a bit of exercise too. Jumprope, several minutes on a swing, and climbing around on a playground are all fun activities that will get you moving, with the swings being my personal favorite.

You don’t have to play a sport to be active. There’s lots of little things you can do, and you don’t have to stick to one. You can do these activities when you have a few minutes, or spend hours doing them.