Of all the racket sports kids love to play, badminton is by far the most low-maintenance. You don't need a table as you would for Ping-Pong, a court like tennis or an entire specialized room as is the case for squash. Instead, a couple of rackets, a birdie, an open space and a pal to get started are all you need. If you have the space to set up a badminton net in the backyard to make things more professional, that's great. But if not, just do as kids do, and try to keep that birdie in the air for as long as you can.
When you plan a gathering for your friends this season, don't think a cocktail party or going to see a movie is the only way to go. There's a reason kids love playing games like Capture the Flag: They're fun, freeing and exciting. And you might be surprised at just how many of your friends have been missing those qualities in their current workouts. So there's a very good chance they'll be more than happy to spend a few hours feeling like kids again. If you need a refresher, you begin Capture the Flag with two teams, each with its own "land," and a clear line that divides the two camps. Each side has a "jail," where it keeps individuals from the other team who they have "tagged" while on its side. Tagged individuals must stay in the jail until another team member can get close enough to touch the jail and free them. Each team has hidden a "flag" on its land that the other team has to find to win. Head to a nearby park or other open space that can be easily divided into two sections and ideally that has some hiding options, such as trees or bushes, and get playing!
When was the last time you went to a park or a beach and tossed a Frisbee around? If it's been awhile, make this the season that changes. The amount of running, jumping and diving you'll be doing to throw that little disc around makes for a great workout. And you can play it in a large group or with just a close friend or two, so it's easy to find an occasion to try it out.
There's something so free and whimsical about flying a kite. You can buy one at the store or even make one yourself, then find an open space, such as a park or beach, and get flying. The time spent in the great outdoors will be refreshing, while all the running around to get the kite in the air will certainly get your heart pumping.
When you think of all the tools and devices you find at the gym to get in a good workout, you'll find many of them rather resemble the items found on kids' jungle gyms. Teeter-totters have you constantly squatting, stairs make for great cardio, and all the bars and rings are incredible for developing arm strength. Whether you want to visit one with your friends and set up a series of boot camp–style drills or to spend some time chasing a few special kids in your life around the equipment, there's lots of fun to be had at a jungle gym.
What are your favourite ways to get fit while feeling like a kid again? Let us know in the comment section below!
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