Do you want to try a new sport or are you looking for more information about your childhood favorites? The sports on this list have a low risk for injury and a high payoff in physical and mental health. Here are the Top 10 from Health Fitness Revolution and author of the book ReSYNC Your Life Samir Becic:
- Swimming: Swimming is an absolutely awesome sport for your heart. It is also is a low-stress activity. It keeps you at healthy body weight, improves lung capacity, and builds muscles, all in addition to burning calories. Best of all, you can swi at any time of year at an indoor pool.
- Tennis: One hour of tennis burns 600 calories, putting it on par with jogging and cycling as one of the best aerobic activities. All the little sprints, pivots, slams, and serves in tennis also channel your strength and require you to exert energy in short but powerful bursts.
- Rowing: HFR has reported the near-endless health benefits of rowing, which range from effective weight loss, a low risk of injury, and increased muscle strength. Rowing can be done inside on a rowing machine, or, after some rowing practice, out in the great outdoors.
- Squash: Forbes has named squash the #1 healthiest sport in the world many years in a row. It burns calories, increases aerobic fitness, boosts flexibility, develops strength and power, and improves hand-eye coordination.
- Basketball: Not only is basketball an incredibly tiring game to play, but it strengthens your health on many levels. Our research shows that it increases spatial awareness, fosters decision-making capabilities, reduces stress, helps immensely with coordination, and develops confidence. For each hour of competitive basketball, a 165-pound person can expect to burn around 600 calories, while a 250-pound person can burn up to 900 calories.
- Volleyball: Serve’s up! Volleyball makes our list for healthiest sports because it increases metabolic rate, builds agility, strengthens coordination, and boosts mood, Oh, and it also burns plenty of calories. Harvard Medical School reports a person can burn between 90 to 133 calories during a half-hour game of non-competitive, non-beach volleyball, depending on a person’s weight, while a competitive gym game of volleyball burns between 120 to 178 calories.