Participating in competitive sports is always a fun way to get exercise. Today, I am introducing a series of simple sports and games with an added cardio component to target your heart rate. These sports and games can be played by yourself or with friends. Play safe and have fun!
Exercise tennis is a great way to peak that heart rate while having a blast. This game is designed to be played with a friend or fellow workout partner. The game is basically played just like regular tennis, but with added exercises between hits or volleys. There are two different goals to exercise tennis. One is to see how many volleys that you and your workout companion can get in a row. The other is a competitive game and scored just like tennis. Between each hit (excluding the serve) each participant is to perform 10 repetitions of the following exercises before returning/hitting the ball over the next.
Exercise golf is a self-motivating game and can really challenge the mind. This game consists of walking the nine- or 18-hole course (no golf cart) while playing normal golf. Keep track of your strokes every hole, and after each hole is complete, take the number of strokes and multiply that number by 10. For example, if it took you five strokes to sink the ball in the hole, this means you have 50 of one of the following exercises. Pick one for each hole!
- Jumping Jacks
- Squat Thrusts
- Mountain Climbers
- Alternating Lunge Jumps
- Leg Lifts
Good luck and have fun! Stay tuned for more exercise sports and games!