10 Sports That Will Help You Feel More Relaxed
Sports have a reputation of being extremely physically engaging and mentally exhaustive. Many people would simply like to stay away from activities like those. Fortunately, there are a couple of sports that are really relaxing which can help you take your mind off a bad day. Here are ten of them.
Golf – Of course golf would be on this list, it can also give you a little bit of exercise if you were looking for a mentally relaxing but physically engaging sport. Walk the course instead of renting a cart if you’re looking to exercise a bit. You don’t even need to be good at golf to enjoy it. A round takes about 4-5 hours while giving you peace and quiet.
Tennis – The only downside to tennis is that you need another person to play it with. However, you can play with a wall if you’re adamant about playing alone. Tennis is relaxing because you don’t even need to keep score. Focus on keeping the rally going as long as you can and you’re golden.
Biking – Biking is relaxing and so much fun. It’s also a good way of getting your heart rate to a healthy level. You can do it alone or ride in with a group of friends. If you’d like to ride with other people but none of your friends are interested, consider joining a riding club. There are many around the world and who knows? You might make some like-minded friends there too.
Swimming – Most people think of swimming the same way they think of running. You can experiment a lot with swimming until you find a rhythm you’re comfortable with. The best part is that you won’t even feel tired because the water will keep you cool.
Rowing – You might or might not be able to do this one depending on where you live. Rowing is great because you get a nice workout in while taking in some beautiful sights. You can take as many breaks as you’d like to too so there’s no hurry.
Darts – Many people disagree that darts is a real sport. However, the top darts players earn hundreds of thousands of dollars each year from playing the sport. It is one of the most overlooked indoor sports in the world.
Canoeing – It can’t get more relaxing than the white noise of the water. Have a look at canoeing, there’s more to it than meets the eye. Canoeing might look similar to rowing but it’s as different as cats and dogs. If rowing isn’t your thing, experiment with canoeing. You might just hate rowing but actually, love canoeing.
Yoga – If you’re really stressed and just don’t want to move much but still want to engage your mind, yoga might be right up your alley. Most traditional practitioners will argue that yoga isn’t a sport. However, the word sport comes from the traditional French word ‘desport’ which means leisure so make of it what you will.
Badminton – Similar to tennis in the way it’s relaxing. Don’t keep score, instead just focus on keeping a rally going. It helps take your mind of off what’s troubling it and gives you perspective on your life.
So when you feel stresses out after a difficult day at work, try out these sports to relax your mind.