These sports can do some great things for your core. 

Yes, the gym is great for your fitness, but all those same old boring exercises can make it really monotonous. If you want to spice up your workout routine this summer and try some new and exciting activities, you’re making a great choice. Forget about soccer and basketball, take a look at these alternative sports and get going.

Stand-up paddle boarding

This sport is growing in popularity because it’s easy to do; it’s also fun, thrilling and great for fitness. It’s much easier than surfing, but it also burns more calories because you need to paddle and use your core to keep the balance at all times. It’s a very low-impact activity that has many health benefits, both physical and mental. Almost anyone can do it, no matter the age or fitness level. All you need is a little practice and you’ll be riding those waves in no time.

Rock climbing

If you’re looking for an alternative sport that will engage your whole body and mind, you might want to try rock climbing. It’s a fun and exciting way to get fit, exercise your stamina and strength, heighten your senses and stay mentally and physically strong and fast. Rock climbing is especially demanding for your arms, but you’ll also work your core, back and legs and burn a lot of calories in the process. It’s also a great way to relieve stress, overcome fears and train your out-of-the-box thinking. You can do it both outside and inside, so find a club and wake up the Spiderman in you.


Go back to your childhood and relive your glorious trampolining days. Although it seems like a child’s play, this super fun sport is actually very physically demanding and it requires great coordination and stamina. Jumping around is great for working out your legs, core and even arms. If you want to spice things up, you can visit one of the game centers covered with trampolines (even the walls!) and try dodgeball on trampolines. You can jump away from incoming balls or aim at your opponent from above.


This old sport requires wit as much as it requires physical strength and agility. It can be quite challenging both physically and mentally. That’s why there are beginner groups for you to learn the rules and basic techniques. Most fencing clubs provide you with all the necessary gear and protective clothing, so the only thing you need to focus on is besting your opponent.


This super fun and exciting sport can be played both recreationally and professionally practically the whole year round. It’s often played for birthday parties or as a team building activity because it’s great for large groups. You don’t have to be a master marksman to enjoy paintball and as long as you have a good strategy and some luck on your side, you will excel. If you gather your friends or colleagues, you are bound to have some adrenaline-pumped fun and break some serious sweat.

Pole dancing

This sexy fitness activity is taking over the world by a storm! And how could it not, when it’s such a good way to get fit, toned, strong and confident. Pole dancing burns calories quickly, relieves stress and is super fun. The first few classes will probably make you laugh so much while you are trying to pull off those complicated moves, but soon your core will thank you.


Longboards have been crazy popular for the past few years, and no matter the city, you can always see both kids and grown-ups cruising through the streets. Because of its bigger and softer wheels, a longboard has more stability and traction, which makes it easier to ride than its counterpart skateboard. A longboard is also perfect for crossing long distances, which makes it suitable for cruising and even commuting. It’s also a great way to stay fit because you must use your whole body to stay upright and move. If you want to try it out, you can check out any well-equipped longboard shop, pick the size that fits you best and get cruising!

You don’t have to spend hours in that stuffy gym or on that basketball court in order to stay fit. Alternative sports will do the same thing for your fitness, but you’ll have sooo much more fun in the process. So, pick the one you like the most and have fun getting fit.