It's common knowledge that engaging in sports, whether as a pastime or as a passion, can help improve the body. Every sport offers various health benefits: basketball builds endurance, baseball improves focus and concentration, swimming decreases the impact of stress, and virtually all of them help in maintaining a fit physique.
But if you're tired of playing the usual sports, perhaps something strange can interest you. These activities either originated from time-honored traditions or were invented simply out of boredom. Regardless of where they came from, these seven unusual sports can still give you health benefits that are worth your time and effort.
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The game originated from the literary and box office hit "Harry Potter" series, which itself has gathered a worldwide fanbase that is active until now even though the last movie in the franchise, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” came out eight years ago. Over 20,000 people across the world play Quidditch, according to BBC, although they don't play it on magical broomsticks.
Instead, players run around a field with a stick between their legs. The rules are pretty much the same in the movies with some slight adjustment: Score as many points as you can before the seeker catches the golden snitch.
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Played by two teams of six, the game calls for the maximum number of scores within a 20-minute or 30-minute period. The rules are the same with regular hockey, except players do it in a pool and wear swimming gear instead of hockey gear. Underwater hockey can help improve a person's endurance as it requires you to dodge and navigate around other players underwater. It also improves lung capacity since you would have to hold your breath for as long as you can.
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Putting together two sports, Cycle ball has people playing football with their bikes. It was invented in 1893 and involves two teams of two players who score goals while riding a bike. They are not allowed to use their hands or feet to move the ball. Instead, they do it with their bikes, which are specially adapted for the game.
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Possibly the most common activity at every high school PE class, dodgeball aims to eliminate each player from the other team by hitting them with a ball. The game ends when there are no more players in the opposing team.
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Two people face off and try to knock each other off a log floating in the water. Players would have to stay on the log by either running, jumping, or kicking it while also trying to knock their opponent into the water. The first person to fall loses the game.
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Mixing brawn and brain, chessboxing has players going against each other in six matches of chess and five matches of boxing. According to Red Bull, the winner is decided by whoever has the most boxing points if ever the game of chess finishes in a draw and the bouts "go the distance."
Aside from improving your stamina, chessboxing also helps players build their mental endurance.
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Not to be confused with the Southeast Asian sport of sepak takraw, footvolley also limits the players to use only their feet in playing. The game uses a volleyball while sepak takraw uses a small rattan ball that is passed using the feet, knee, chest, and head. Points will be awarded if the ball hits the ground on the opponent's court, a fault was committed, or if the opposing team fails to return the ball over the net. The first team to get to 18 points wins the game.