4 Sports to Try if You’re Not Athletic


Looking to shake up your weekly fitness regimen? Try bringing it back to basics with sports. Participating in sport is a great way to get fit with friends and cross-train by working muscles that a typical exercise routine doesn’t always hit. Unfortunately, not all of us were born with natural athletic abilities. So here are some sports that everyone can get into–even if you’ve got two left feet.

Rock Climbing

This non-contact sport can be done individually or in a group setting.  While climbing requires a bit of upper and lower body strength, depending on the level of difficulty, the sport allows you to go at your own pace while you are safely secured in a harness. As an added bonus, indoor rock climbing can be enjoyed in any weather and any season.


You don’t have to be an Olympian to get yourself to a pool; swimming is the perfect sport for every fitness level. For beginners, lessons are offered that include everything from kickboards to moral support to ease your worries. For moderate to advanced swimmers, you can take more challenging group classes with an instructor or design your own calorie-torching workout. In any case, swimming is completely non-impact, and can actually help your muscles recover from a tough workout.


No running, no tackling–with just one swift movement, rowing can get anyone’s heart pounding. You can try it for yourself on a stationary machine at the gym, and maybe even compete with a team if you’re up for a challenge. Spoiler alert: this is an insane upper body and core workout: you’ll get jacked like never before!

Women’s Self Defense

A combination of basic martial arts, strength training, and situation awareness, a Women’s Self Defense course will improve your health, confidence, and knowledge of how to be safe in threatening situations. These classes are specifically tailored to your needs and abilities, and allow you to reach both health and life goals in a supportive group setting. Since these classes are about education and preparation, women of all fitness levels can join.

Remember, sports should be fun! It’s okay to mess up when you try something new and know that conquering a new sport can be a fitness feat in itself. Have a laugh, brush yourself off, and play on, ladies!

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Ashley is a light hearted, fun-loving Journalism major at New York University. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the city, FaceTiming her dog, and embracing everything green, especially rooftops.

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