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When it comes to sports, some are a lot harder on the body than others. If you want to reduce your chance of injury and trauma on the joints, then choose low impact activities when you have the opportunity. Low impact sports still offer a good workout for the body, while reducing the pressure on weight-bearing joints. Such sports are good for older people, especially those with arthritis, as well as people recovering from an injury and those looking to reduce the chances of one occurring when being active. Not sure which sports are the best for low-impact activity? Below are some of our favorites to get you started.
Since you’re floating in the water, you don’t have to worry about any unnecessary stress on the joints from doing a few laps in the pool. In fact, this is one of the best low impact sports for athletes who are recovering from a prior injury. It also improves your lung function and strengthens your shoulders.
There’s a good reason that so many retired seniors take up the sport of golf. Walking the course is the primary activity, which almost anyone can do. And the biggest risk of injury comes from swinging the golf clubs. If you take up this sport, then remember to get yourself a cart for your golf bag so you don’t have to worry about any back pain from carrying around a heavy set of clubs from hole to hole.
Whether you prefer to ride a bike on the pavement or stay indoors on an exercise bike, this is another sport that doesn’t put much stress on the body. By riding on trails outside, you get additional health benefits from nature like stress reduction and greater feelings of happiness.
While walking itself is a great low impact activity, taking up hiking gives you a bit of a better workout and requires you to get deep in nature (and soak up all those extra health benefits being outdoors provides). Before you hit the trail, just make sure that you’re not carrying a hiking daypack that is too heavy of a load. Otherwise, you’ll end up causing unnecessary stress on your joints while out on your trek.
While you might not think of bowling when you’re coming up with a list of traditional sports, this activity is actually a good low impact activity that you can do alone or with a team. Though you don’t have to worry about stress on your joints when you go bowling, you should be cautious of using a bowling ball that is too heavy for you. Otherwise, you might end up injuring your shoulder by accident.
Since all of your activity is done while sitting, kayaking (and also canoeing) is a great outdoor sports option for people seeking out low impact activities. All of the movements for this activity require your arms, shoulders, and back, so you will want to avoid it if you’re recovering from a back injury. And if you don’t want to go out alone, get a tandem kayak so you can take a friend.
Didn’t find a sport that appeals to you in this list? Fortunately, there are plenty of other options out there. You can get more ideas from this list at the Huffington Post.
By Shawna Newman
Shawna is the content editor at Where’s My Caddie (http://www.wheresmycaddie.com/), and when she’s not writing about outdoor sports she’s in search of a good cup of coffee.
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Of all the sports in the world, golf is one which is particularly unique. When it comes to the way it is played, and the society surrounding it, there is nothing else quite like it. These days, of course, anyone can learn to play golf, and it is often pleasing to watch how easily people pick up a club and get swinging. Maybe you are wondering whether to get into golf yourself, or whether to continue if you have already given it a go. If you are looking for a reason to get into golf and carry on with it big time, then take a look at the following. Here are some of the great benefits you can expect to get from playing golf.
Something that can be said for all golfers is that they are adept at being patient. If you look at the way that it is played, this is hardly surprising. After all, golf is by its very nature quite a slow and considered game, and this means that when you play it you usually find yourself developing a keen sense of patience. There is no doubt that patience is something which any modern human will definitely find to be useful. In our rushed lives, being able to slow down and wait soon becomes one of the most valuable tools of all. So the more you get into golf, the more likely it is that you will be able to be patient in your everyday life – and that is something that plenty of people could benefit from hugely.
Let’s not forget that, despite its calm nature, golf is still a competitive sport – a highly competitive one, in fact. Playing golf with others is one of the keenest ways to develop your own innate competitiveness, and this is a quality which very often actually does quite a lot for us as a species. If you want to really boost this side of the sport of golf, then you could consider hosting little tournaments or competitions with yourself and a few friends from time to time. Grab some professional looking trophies and medals from a reputable website and draw up your own league table. This can be a great way to get more out of the sport, and to really delve into the competitive side of it.
One of the things that draw many people to the world of golf is the pace of the sport itself. We have already seen how golf can help a person to develop their own sense of patience. Well, it’s true. Golf has a calming and gentle pace to it, and this is more often than not what enables people to be able to play it for hours and hours, sometimes all day. If you like the idea of playing a sport, but you don’t want to run around all day, then golf can provide you with the perfect solution for that predicament. Many others have turned to golf for this very reason, and few are disappointed.
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If you look back through history, you will notice that the kind of pastimes people engaged in was very different from what we do with our free time now. In the 21st century, there is a common notion of ‘work hard, play hard’ that tends to run through a lot of us. Many of us work long hours in challenging jobs, so by the time the weekend comes around, we want to celebrate – and more often than not, that means going out drinking, partying and socializing. There’s nothing at all wrong with this, of course. Going out with friends is healthy, and it can often be in your best interests to let your hair down every so often. But if you entertain yourself in this manner week in, week out, you may soon find that it starts to become a little monotonous. Humans are complex creatures, and we need a rich range of stimuli to feed our intricate minds. In days gone by, hobbies would tend to be more refined and more interesting as a result. If you feel the need to add a little more flair to your personal life and have something to look forward to other than going on a big night out, here are some refined hobbies you may want to consider taking up.
Art and photography
If self-expression is your thing, there’s no better way to embrace your cultured side than by getting into art and photography. Art can make you see the world differently and requires you to look for meaning in every frame – so it’s a great way to broaden the mind and think creatively. Consider purchasing pieces from a company such as Sulis Fine Art so that you can surround yourself with stunning art right at home. If you’re interested in the more practical side of things, rather than merely appreciating the art, entry level DSLR cameras are relatively cheap and can still produce some amazingly HD images.
It sometimes seems like the mark of every refined gentleman is a well-stocked whiskey cupboard or a wine cellar. Whatever your tipple of choice is, buying, selling and tasting alcohol is a classy hobby that people world over still do today. It may also give you a new appreciation for the craftsmanship that goes into each bottle, rather than just downing the cheapest drink you spot at the bar! Invest in some quality glassware so that when your friends come round, you can share your hobby with them and socialize over one of your favorite drinks.
For centuries, sport has been considered a refined hobby due to its emphasis on discipline, teamwork, and skill. If you are looking for a hobby that can keep your focus and allow you to indulge in a bit of ‘me time,’ why not pick up something like golf or tennis? These sports are typically played individually or in pairs, which means you may find it more relaxing than playing in a large group. You may also want to take it right back to the olden days with an elegant sport such as fencing – it’s certainly unique if nothing else!
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If you love sports and sporting events, but also like to enjoy the finer things in life, then it can often be hard to find things that will combine the two. Heading to a rodeo and munching on boiled peanuts is hardly going to be classed as luxury. So if you’re looking for some fun sporting events to experience that are a playground for the rich and famous, then how about these?
Monaco Grand Prix
A list of luxury sporting events would never be complete without including the jewel in the Mediterranean coastline; the Monaco Grand Prix. At the end of May, the coastline sparkles with many rich and famous people coming to see the unique race around the city. It helps that it always seems to coincide with the end of the Cannes film festival, to make sure you get a list of A-listers at the event. The place itself is stunning, with many luxury hotels, yacht parties, and helicopter charters to fly over the course. The area is perfect for boating, so could be worth looking for a professional boating school, so that you could take a boat out when you’re there. Being on a boat can be one of the best ways to see the race.
A fancy sports list has got to have Wimbledon on it. The tennis event is just much more luxurious than any other. Whether it is the dress code, or that you can munch on strawberries and cream and sip on champagne when watching, it just screams luxury and always attracts celebrities and even British royalty each year. You can still enjoy the atmosphere sitting on the ‘Murray Mound’ by just purchasing a day ticket and watching on big screens. You can still get the strawberries and cream, though, so totally worth it too.
Golf has often had the reputation of being quite exclusive and elitist. So it would make sense that a golf tournament might be a bit more luxurious than a baseball game, right? The Masters is held in Augusta, Georgia, each year, and one thing that makes it the most exclusive and luxury event is that it can’t be filmed or even tweeted about when you’re there. So it does have an air of exclusivity about it. You could watch the tournament at the National Golf Course. But there are many other golf courses in the area if you want to play rather than just watch.
Boxing in Las Vegas
Big boxing matches, often held in Las Vegas, can be big money matches. With the likes of Jay-Z and Clint Eastwood often being spotted at various fights. Tickets can completely, depending on who is in the fight. For one of Mayweather’s last fights, the cost for a ticket was around $70,000! But there is the added element of placing a wager on the fight if you can afford the high ticket price. So it can be added to your list of luxury sporting events, for sure.
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We all know that one person who, at school, would always find excuses not to join the PE lesson. Whether they faked a cough to avoid the swimming pool or pretending that their imaginary asthma kept them from racing, they always had a way to stay away from sports. Maybe you can’t help but chuckle as you try to imagine the kind of excuse they would be giving today, as a grownup: From an appointment with the banker to pretending that they are in the middle of an important call, anything is possible. Yet, have you ever considered that there is more to sports than just exercising, and that, more important, people who didn’t like sports at school may be enthusiastic fans of their local basketball team? It is always an odd realization to think that you can hate doing sports but love watching it and following anything related to it at the same time. But it is nonetheless true: Every non-sporty people can get hooked on sports. So how does it happen?
Watching sports on TV
The Thrill Of The Action
Watching sports is a roller-coaster of emotions and excitement. You don’t need to be on the field to be part of the feeling. Therefore, whether they rely on their TAB app, or they choose to share a pizza with friends in front of the TV. For many, watching a game – whether it is basketball, golf, wrestling, or even hockey, to name a few of them – is the catalyst of deep and strong emotions. It is about wanting your team to win, feeling exhilarated with each point they score, and cheering with them at the end of the game. What non-sporty people like, sometimes, it’s not the game, it’s the emotional journey they go through as they watch; it’s the uncertainty of who is going to win.
They Join Digital Matches
There is another side to sports that most people don’t think about: Sports can be digital too. For years, you’ve probably come across video games that are inspired by the football world cup or the NBA games. This enables non-sporty people to become their favorite player, for the duration of a match, and to live the thrill of the moment. But it’s not all: digital sports have taken such a big part in the world economy, that the concept of eSports has brought new players to the video console. Indeed, competitive video gaming is now a thing that is accepted as a form of sport – in its loose sense. What this means is that expert geeks and nerds are now playing their favorite video game in front of a live audience. They are sporty while still sitting on the sofa.
The Admiration For The Skills
Last, but not least, there is a natural sense of admiration that people develop for their favorite athletes. The athlete, the professional player is more than someone who is just very good at sports – which is what it should boil down to – they become heroes. An athlete, indeed, shows a perfect control of their body, as it is their work instrument. But the athlete also displays a sense of fair play, a form of humility, and a sense of generosity with other players that go well beyond the scale of body practice. It seems, for a lot of non-sporty watchers, that athletes have a sane and admirable mind in a fit and admirable body. What’s not to like?
Runners help a fellow runner complete the marathon
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While sports are a great hobby we can do in our spare time, there’s nothing better than getting to do them for a week or two. After all, you can sharpen up your skills. And one sporting holiday which can tick all the boxes is a golfing holiday. After all, you get to try and score a hole in one while soaking up the beautiful weather. And you can often have amazing surroundings while you are playing. And it’s a social sport with plenty of time for chit chat with your family! However, if you are going to go on a golfing holiday, you need to ensure you pack some essentials. In fact, here are a few items you must remember to pack when you are headed on a golfing holiday.
A lot of people choose to go somewhere really hot for their golfing holiday. After all, there is nothing better than pitching while enjoying the glorious sunshine. But if you are going to be out all day in the hot sun, you need to make sure you protect yourself. After all, the hot sun could cause you to get sun stroke. And if you have no sun protection, you could even end up with a burnt scalp. Therefore, you must pack good headwear which will protect you when you are out in the sun. That way, you can enjoy hours out in the sunshine without risking a burnt head! And remember to get a good pair of sunnies so you can still have a clear view when it’s your turn to swing your clubs!
A sturdy golf bag
It’s likely you will want to take your own clubs on holiday with you. After all, it can feel weird using someone else’s when you are golfing abroad. And it can be expensive if you do have to rent them from a golfing resort. However, if you decide to take your own, you need to ensure you get a sturdy golf bag which will keep them safe on the flight over. After all, you don’t want them to get damaged! Therefore, make sure you have a good look online for the different bags available. In fact, if you look on sites like GolfBagsHub.com, you can find a good range of bags which are perfect for traveling. And make sure you check any weight limits before packing your golf clubs. After all, you don’t want to be charged an excess fee!
It’s easy to just pack flip flops when you are going on your holiday. After all, you don’t want your feet to overheat in that warm country. But as it says on http://golftravel.about.com/, to ensure you play golf properly while you are on your hol, make sure you don’t forget your golfing shoes. After all, you want to be comfortable and free from pain Otherwise, if you are in the wrong shoes, it might cause you to have a poor game. And remember to always pick a pair which are moisture-wicking. After all, it’s likely your feet will get hot and sweaty while playing in a foreign country.
And remember to check if there is a dress code at the resort. While some places are happy for you to play in shorts and a t-shirt, others can require formal wear!
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