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The concept sounds like an oxymoron. Sports are, by their very nature, something people compete in, showing off their physical prowess. What kind of sport doesn’t allow you to compete against others and prove that you are the best?

There are, actually, several sports disciplines and activities that can be done recreationally. In fact, it is often up to you whether you want to compete or not. Here are some of the sports and recreational activities you can enjoy for the benefit of your health without turning them into a competition.

Martial Arts

It is true that there are various martial art tournaments. However, the man point of martial arts is to develop your body and learn how to defend yourself. They can teach you discipline and, depending on the martial art in question, exercise your entire body. Martial arts like Capoeira, Wing Chun, and Taekwondo keep your body fit and nimble, while providing you with an affordable workout.

Rock Climbing

This activity is great for learning how to deal with a challenge. It requires thinking under stress and having faith in your abilities. You are competing against no one but yourself. Unfortunately, rock climbing clubs are not always easily accessible, which brings us to the next item on the list that you can do in an urban setting.

Parkour

This sport comes from France and it turns you into a quick-moving machine that thinks on its feet. Parkour has its origins in military obstacle course training,  and it consists of getting from point A to point B in the shortest time possible using the shortest distance. It’s an extreme sport, so it’s not for the faint of heart.

Hiking

Hiking can be done by people of all ages. You can do it with friends or a hiking club. It allows you to take in all of nature’s wonders, while maintaining your health and building your endurance. Start with short tracks of about 5 miles, and work your way up.

Do not get discouraged if you find that there are senior citizens capable of conquering tracks faster than you and with more energy. It is almost certain that they have been doing this for quite some time in an effort to improve their health.

Cycling

Forget Tour de France. Cycling is a great way to stay in shape and keeps your heart and lungs in peak physical condition. You don’t even have to set aside a certain time of day for cycling – simply use it to get to work, or take a tour of your city.

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