As the weather brightens and Covid-related restrictions ease in some areas, many of us are looking forward to getting back into outdoor sports.
If you live in Scotland, England or Wales, you’re now able to enjoy outdoor sport facilities, including tennis courts and golf courses, and Northern Ireland is set to follow suit on April 1 (the Republic of Ireland is yet to announce outdoor sports plans).
It’s good news for anyone bored of doing countless burpees in their front room. Restrictions allowing, outdoor sports are the perfect way to mix up your workout, giving you the opportunity to socialise with friends while getting some fresh air.
If you’re looking to take up a new sport this spring but don’t know where to begin, it might be worth picking an activity based on your personality type…
Tennis is perfect for anyone who loves a challenge. Although not the easiest sport to master, it’s certainly addictive – it’s hard to pick up a racket without wanting to practise your volleys enough to make Serena Williams proud.
Not only do you have to be competitive on the court, you’ll have to be equally cut-throat to actually secure a booking at your local facility.
Kicking a football around is the ideal way to catch up with friends while getting a bit of a sweat on. Yes, you’ll run around a fair bit, but there are also plenty of opportunities to chat with your mates.
Looking for an outdoor sport that doesn’t require hours of running about? Golf could be the answer.
Walking around a picturesque course is certainly more laid back than dashing around a tennis court, but don’t be fooled: you’ll end up getting plenty of steps in and will have a decent workout – particularly if you carry your own clubs.
If all of these other sports seem a bit too mainstream for you, why not pick up a frisbee? It can be played with any number of people (restrictions allowing), improves your hand-eye coordination and is a whole lot of fun.
Plus, with a bit of practise you’ll be able to show off some seriously cool tricks.
If you’re focused and determined, it’s worth seeing if outdoor pools have opened up near you. Ideal for those who want to exercise outdoors, but aren’t necessarily craving social interaction.
There’s no doubt about it: rounders offers a good time. You’ll need fairly good hand-eye coordination to hit the ball and you’ll have to do a bit of running, but it’s also a sport you can do with a beer waiting for you on the side.
Unlike America, basketball isn’t such a big deal in the UK and Ireland, so chances are you didn’t grow up playing the sport. But if you have an adventurous spirit and are looking to try something new, it could be time to channel Michael Jordan on the court.