The summer is a great time to get active. In a perfect world, we would hit the gym or go for a jog irrespective of the season. But, the truth is that we feel more active during the summer because of the weather. It is a nice time of the year to get outdoors and do something productive with our time. With that in mind, it’s also a good time to try something new. Instead of playing the same sports this summer, why not try a different one in its place?

Here are five that are well worth a try.

Tennis

1. Tennis

The U.S. Open has already started, which means Wimbledon is just around the corner. Before you know it, you will be a tennis fanatic for two weeks. Don’t let that newfound enthusiasm go to waste. Instead of sitting on the couch, get out of the house and down to your local courts. Tennis is a brilliant sport because it is very strenuous. As a result, it will keep you fit and active. It’s also very enjoyable. As long as you have a playing partner and a racket and a ball, you can enjoy hours of fun. Just make sure that you get down to the courts early as they might be full.

fishing

2. Fishing

Fishing isn’t as active or as strenuous as the other activities on this list, but it’s still a sport in the eyes of many. The reason for that is more mental than physical. Sitting on a river bank watching a fishing line won’t burn many calories but it brings psychological benefits like relaxing and giving your mind a well-deserved break. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health, which is why fishing is a great choice. Plus, it can be hard work. Fly fishing experts know just how difficult it is to catch a good haul. If fishing sounds like a plan, take a look at stores like Stillwater Fly Shop for tips and equipment.

Cycling

3. Cycling

Wouldn’t it be great to mix the benefits of fishing and tennis together? You can if you go cycling. As you know, cycling is one of the most intense workouts possible. Due to the intensity, you work almost every muscle in your body. Only swimming is as strenuous. The psychological benefits emerge when taking a path far and away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Out in the countryside taking in the view, you won’t fail to see life differently.

Cricket

4. Cricket

Cricket is an outdoor sport, so it’s a good idea to get your fill while the weather cooperates. Once the season changes, cricket might not be an option for months. That’s why the summer is a good time to play. It doesn’t take much to start a game: a ball, bat, and a few friends. Before you know it, a game will be well underway. North America isn’t exactly a cricket hotbed, so finding a local group with interest and experience in the sport might require some internet searching. Close to a coast? Try a game of beach cricket for the most fun.

beach cricket