With the amount of drinking and eating that gets done during what we endearingly call patio season, it’s important to balance it out with some activity. But what kind of fitness to do? Jogging? Crossfit? Weights? Hm. That might do it for some people, but what about rolling around in a plastic bubble? That might make for a more interesting way to break a sweat.
Here's a list of 10 unique physical activities we put together that won't just help shave off those pesky calories, but keep you stimulated, entertained, and provide you with stories to tell your friends at the bar.
1. Ultimate Frisbee
Ultimate Frisbee, or known simply as Ultimate, has been gaining a lot of popularity over the last couple of years. The best comparison would be to a game of football, without getting your bones crunched by a 400 pound guy. It's a non contact sport, and often times played in co-ed leagues. So not only do you get an immense cardiovascular workout, but it's a great way to rub shoulders with some new people. And seriously, the moment when you run and run and run, dive, and catch that elusive disc, the roar of appraisal from your team and people watching on the sidelines will make you feel like a rock star.
2. Backyard Axe Throwing League
Before you connect CTV News and a picture of some guy hurling an axe across the frame, take a deep breath. This isn't a homicide. You can pay money, book a reservation, bring your own beer, and get lessons on how to throw an axe. I don't really think anything else needs to be said.
3. Bubble Soccer
I've heard you can get away with occasional body contact during a soccer game. What about a full scale hockey style cross-check sure to send your buddy bouncing across the field? Look no more, because bubble soccer is here! With your upper body encapsulated in plastic, you can roll around and move in ways your normal boring old body can never do. You and your friends can rent the equipment for whatever reason, be it an excuse to play outside or a birthday party. Anything goes.
4. Archery Tag
Following the advent of the Hunger Games, this arena facilitates team based archery mayhem. You can pretend to be Katniss and mess people up with your bow and arrows. You've got about 5,000 square feet to bolt across and fend for your life as foam-tipped arrows slice through the air.
5. Ashbridges Bay Skate Park
This city's got it all, including some great skate parks. Ashbridges Bay provides you with smooth and well poured concrete, ramps, rails, and a huge bowl (see above) to test out your latest tricks. It's a nice hidden gem for skaters and park enthusiasts alike. Woodbine Park, the lakeshore, and the beach are just a stone's throw away. Just to be sure to yell out "BOARD!" if a skateboard comes flying your way.
6. Beach Volleyball
Speaking of Ashbridges Bay, they also have beach volleyball leagues that are active right now. Volleyball is one of those sports where teamwork is key; it's crucial to get a rhythm going with your teammates. It's an awesome way to not only get to know new people but have a great time on the beach beside the lake.
Remember watching Recess and marvelling at how Vince could kick that ball right out of the park? Well, now you can do it too! You either get a group of buddies and hit up your local baseball field, with a ball of course, or join a local recreation league and knock that piece of rubber right out of the park and put Babe Ruth to shame (who, by the way, got his first professional home run at Hanlans Point).
Photo Cred - Hockey Gods
8. Unicycle Hockey
The Toronto Unicyclists club have a lot of things going on. You can learn how to ride it, which looks complicated enough as it is, as well as compete in hockey and dodge ball scrimmages. Give it a shot, and maybe you won't roll your eyes at the next person that rides by on one wheel.
Photo Cred - O Canada
This is a bit of a shout out to our readership from UofT and Ryerson. You have Quidditch leagues, and that is awesome. It's incredible that a fictional game not only came alive in the imaginations of millions of Harry Potter fans, but that it actually became a real physical sport played by a ton of different people spanning across Canada. If throwing axes, rolling around in plastic balls, or doing a kickflip doesn't do it for you, why not grab a broom and run around a park? Quidditch is so popular there was a championship this year between teams from across the country!
Photo Cred - Biz Bash
You have to come to Skyzone prepared. You will undoubtedly break a sweat within 5 minutes of jumping up and down on a trampoline. What's great about this place is you can opt to just bounce around, or you can mimic Air Jordan and slam dunk onto basketball nets, or test your luck in the death pit that is the dodge ball arena. Everything is so much cooler when you launch yourself five feet into the air.