Ideas for Non-Sporting Activities

Watching TV or playing computer games for too long means being inactive.  And it’s a fact that if you watch too much TV and play too many computer games you’re much more likely to put on weight than if you are out and about.

Here are some things to get you out of the house in the evening and at weekends.  Start by picking one or two things that appeal to you.  Before long you’ll be making up your own ideas.

  • Fly a kite
  • Fly a model aeroplane
  • Throw a frisbee, ball or boomerang
  • Walk or run round the block
  • Climb a tree or a hill
  • Run for 5 minutes
  • Jog for 20 minutes
  • Walk the dog (ask your neighbours if you don’t have one)
  • Start a paper round
  • Go dancing or use a dance mat
  • Play twister with your mates
  • Get an allotment or take up gardening
  • Go shopping
  • Try metal detecting on a beach, in a field or your garden
  • Visit a museum, zoo or arboretum
  • Go fruit picking
  • Ride your bike
  • Kick a ball around or catch a baseball
  • Skip 200 times (with or without a rope)
  • Hang out the washing
  • Water the garden or help with weeding or pruning
  • Wash the car
  • Run errands for a neighbour, friend or relative
  • Start some voluntary work
  • Start a part-time or holiday job which keeps you active

Active Organisations to Join

You could join the AirSea or Army cadets, your local Scouts or Guides club or join award schemes such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

Let us know how you keep active. Tell us about any unusual sports you are involved with.  We’ll share the best stories in our regular newsletter.

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