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12 Indoor Sports to Try If You Really Hate The Winter Season

Who’s guilty of using the cold weather as an excuse as to why you can not possibly be expected to exercise today? *raises hand*.

It’s extremely too easy to put off getting into a new sport until the summer. Until now, that is… because we’ve got 12 (pretty fun, even if we do say so ourselves) approaches to get your heart rate going, get those endorphins rushing and get you looking badass while doing so. Yep, no more having to look painfully frozen while you wear sweaty gloves (SO uncomfortable) to run outside.

1. Trampolining

Why should I take it up?

Besides from the fact it may well be the most fun form of exercise ever, you’ll find trampolining works out the entire body with all the twisting and turning and, yes, landing in all sorts of various positions – sometimes, not always intentionally. Your heart rate will definitely be expanded from all that bouncing while it’s also pretty good for improving balance and coordination.

Where can I try it out?

Trampolining’s become way more satisfactory as something for adults to do in their spare time in the past couple of years and there are loads of indoor park operators to try out, from Flip Out to Bounce.

2. Cycling

Why should I take it up?

For a couple of weeks last summer, we all got weirdly obsessed with how good Team GB are at zooming around on a couple of wheels. If you fancy yourself as a bit of an Olympic hero a la Jason Kenny or Laura Trott, indoor track cycling is a rapid sport all about stamina and nerve. If you’re still a bit unsure about how it differs from taking a bike on the road, here’s the deal: the bikes have no brakes or gears and when you first start you’ll likely be skidding across the track a fair bit. However, it’s an exciting way to get seriously fit – and the speed is an adrenaline rush.

If you don’t exactly feel ready for the steep curves of a velodrome yet, that’s totally justifiable – and turning is a low-key alternative. You get just as high on endorphins on a fixed bike and boy, will you work those thighs. Indoor cyclers can burn about 600 calories a class, depending on much you turn up that resistance and how much effort you put in.

Where can I try it out?

When it comes to spinning, there’s a lot more choice of where to go – most local gyms host spin classes while some studios take things up a level with lighting, music and vibes that make you feel like you’re at a nightclub.

3. Futsal

Why should I take it up?

Because maybe you’re a bit bored of playing football, or you’ve never fully fancied kicking about a ball on a muddy pitch. Futsal is played with just five players on each side and it’s on a small indoor field. The game is really famous with kids but more adults are playing now. The ball has less bounce but other than that, it’s pretty similar to football – you’ll develop ball skills and technical ability, you tackle but slide tackles are banned and it’s great for fitness, balance and agility. Plus, there’s no offside rule, so it’s a bit straightforward – but loads of fun.

4. Badminton/Squash

Why should I take it up?

We’re lumping these two together because they’re both racquet sports which kinda help us a bit of PE lessons at school. However hey, that’s not to say you shouldn’t give them a go. They’re both snazzy for developing some important life skills – hand-eye co-ordination especially. They additionally improve flexibility and are super good for your fitness because, if played properly of course, these racquet sports have you running, jumping and even diving for the ball/shuttlecock. They’re also fun because you need to play with other people so you can get yourself some new friends (that’s not to say we think you need any).

5. Kabaddi

Why should I take it up?

Because it’s something a bit extraordinary – and is extremely popular in South-East Asia. It’s good if you’re looking to push yourself because it’s highly physical endurance game – it’s quite similar to wrestling – and is played over a 45-minute stretch. It involves everything from running, kicking and dodging opponents. But it’s also good if you’re into yoga, as players control their mind and body through self-control and concentration. A unique combination, right?

6. Urban golf

Why should I take it up?

Potentially *slightly* questionable whether playing with state-of-the-art simulators is a sport per se, however we’re going with it. It’s a great way to improve your game and your swing without having to practise on freezing cold golf courses, many of which could be closed at times during winter anyway. Plus, there’s no way of lost balls.

Where can I try it out?

You’re technically still indoors with these golf ranges where you hit the balls from under a cover….right? Yep, for a non-simulator but still much warmer option than playing on a 18-hole course, there’s Top Golf – like golf, but better. We’re talking fire lamps, cocktails and food with friends at the same time as swinging your clubs.

7. Dodgeball

Why should I take it up?

First up, this group sport has gotta be a pretty good stress-buster – you are literally hitting people in the face with balls. It’s additionally a great way of reliving some childhood fun, improves strength training because you’ve got to throw balls a pretty long way which works shoulders, back, abs and arms, and the longer you avoid getting hit and stay on the floor, the more calories you’ll consume.

8. Ping pong

Why should I take it up?

Come the summer, you might well be one of those who loves picking up a tennis racquet and imagining you’re living that Wimbledon life. However in winter on cold, grey days, ping pong could be the answer. It’s great for increasing those pesky concentration levels, plus you’re guaranteed some lols because, let’s face it, unless you’re the Andy Murray of the ping pong world, this game takes practice.

9. Climbing

Why should I take it up?

Obviously, it can be done outdoors for a potentially much better view but indoor climbing is a great way to get into a physically demanding sport which will work your upper body strength no end. Try bouldering, which is ropeless moving at low heights, often above safety mats, if you’re feeling a bit nervous about the whole situ. You don’t need to be super fit to rock climb – actual strength is way more important – and, as with all sports, the more you do it the fitter you’ll become. Mind you, you’ve gotta be pretty patient for this sport, as you take time to work out your ascents.

10. Boxing

Why should I take it up?

Firstly, you’ll look darn tough and cool in a pair of boxing gloves. Furthermore, it’s great for total-body strength. During a workout, you might punch a bag hundreds of times and that will work your core, as well. It’s obviously great for your mental health, since it’s so high intensity which reduces stress and it’s also empowering. Fed up of work? Take it all out on the bag. Annoyed at your partner? Take it out on the bag… you get the image.

Where can I try it out?

Boxing gyms will have memberships available but maybe boxing fitness classes are the way to go. Check out your local gyms or fitness studios.

11. Powerlifting

Why should I take it up?

Because the whole #strongnotskinny thing is big right now. Furthermore if weightlifting, which utilizes overhead movements, appears a bit daunting, powerlifting might be the option for you. It uses heavy weights but you’ll only do squats, bench presses and deadlifts. It permits you to build muscle and burn fat and you’ll feel great the bigger weights you are able to lift. However, there’s no pressure to become a powerlifting champion – just give it a go to see if it’s a method of getting fitter that could work for you.

Where can I try it out?

Most gyms tend to have free weights sections and you could ask a trainer there to show you the right techniques and maybe help build you a schedule for exercises.

12. Volleyball

Why should I take it up?

Alright, so it might be a bit more appealing on a beach somewhere, but indoor volleyball still has all the same benefits – you’ll seriously tone up and because you’ll serve, pass, block and attack the ball, you’ll constantly get your heart rate going. Plus, it’s a truly social sport, and great if you’re up for a laugh with a group.

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