I'm not much into sports that require me to join a team. It isn't that I'm not a team player, it's that I prefer the only competition to really be with myself. That's why I love solo sports! Solo Sports allow you to explore new sports and take your time in getting better at them. Let's look at five fun solo sports you should try this summer.
There are many benefits to doing solo sports. As mentioned, they are a great way to explore new ways to get fit and have fun. One of the other benefits that I enjoy is they are often more frugal. With solo sports, you don't have to usually buy a bunch of equipment and you can sometimes even rent it. And, the little bit that you do have to buy usually isn't too expensive. Some solo sports can even be free!
Archery- Go all Katniss Everdeen and try archery! Did you ever do archery at summer camp as a kid or maybe you were lucky enough to do it in gym class? Archery is a wonderful sport that you can do by yourself or with other people. It helps you strengthen your upper back, your core and your arms. If you're not sure where to start, check in local sportsman-type stores. There may even be some classes that you can take.
Frisbee golf- While frisbee golf is technically a team sport or at least with two people, you can often play it by yourself and I see lots of people doing that on the courses that we have here. It's great practice to play by yourself and if you have a pooch, often times they're allowed on the trails too. Frisbee golf is just what it sounds. You have a disc, and you throw it at targets along outdoor courses. Where I come from, it's known as Folf. There's even a frisbee golf championship!
Boxing- In ring boxing, you need a partner, but for kickboxing and just boxing alone. You can certainly do it without another person. In fact, before you enter any ring you should probably practice your footwork beforehand. Boxing is a wonderful full-body cardio workout. It can help build strength in your back, abs, shoulders, and arms. I have recently just started getting into it. I'm looking forward to getting better.
Geocaching- While some may argue that geocaching is more of a hobby than a sport, I beg to differ. Since geocaching requires a lot of walking and in some cases, hiking, I consider it an outdoor recreation sport. Geocaching is a lot of fun! Basically, it entails finding a cache (a small box with a log book hidden in a public area) that another geocacher left behind in a specific coordinate that you find with a GPS device or your smartphone. When you find the cache, you sign the log book at the location and if you're lucky, you will find a small treasure to trade. There are a whole communities online dedicated to geocaching so most likely you won't have a hard time finding out if there are geocaches in your area.
Tai Chi- Tai Chi is similar to karate, although the movements are very fluid, and many people do tai chi as a way of meditation or centering. It can teach you a little bit about self-defense though and it is a lot of fun. In some larger cities, groups meet for tai chi in public parks. You can also look up YouTube videos and learn some tai chi on your own. It does not require any equipment, either!