5 Exciting Alternative Sports To Raise Your Fitness Levels

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

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If you’re after a way to liven up your fitness routine and vary the way that you keep supple and healthy, then you might want to take up a sport. 

But if the common-all-garden sports don’t really do much for you, you might want to try something a little different. 

Here are five exciting alternative sports to raise your fitness levels. 

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a combat sport based on grappling, holds, and ground fighting.  

Jiu-jitsu gives your entire body a great workout. Many of the holds and grapples will require you to use a wide variety of muscles, including many smaller muscles. 

The use of your larger muscles will be essential in maintaining perfect balance during combat. 

Take a BJJ striking class to get you started. 

Roller Derby 

Roller Derby is a game that can be played by skaters of any gender. The full-contact sport requires two teams of roller skaters. Each team consists of four blockers and one jammer. Each team’s jammer is tasked with getting passed the opposition team’s blockers and scoring a point for each person they pass. 

As all skaters speed around an elliptical track, they’ll need speed and power to succeed.

Each game, or ‘bout’, is made up of multiple ‘jams’. Each of these is two minutes long. But so much can happen in that two minutes that it takes seven on-skate referees to monitor the action, on top of around a dozen off-skate-officials 

The game is fast and high-impact. It takes speed and dexterity and utilizes muscle groups that many sports miss. 

Bog Snorkeling

This rather bizarre sport involves competitors wearing flippers and snorkels racing through muddy lengths of a bog. 

The messy sport is not only excellent fun, but it also takes a high degree of fitness. In order to get from one end of the course to the other, you’ll not only need plenty of stamina, but you will also need cardiovascular fitness. 

Just remember to have a shower after taking part in this crazy sport. 


Kabadi is a game that originates in ancient India. This game takes both speed and agility.

The rules are simple and it is not a million miles away from the way that you’d play tag. A raider will run toward the opposite team’s side and attempt to tag one or more players. But this has to be done while holding your breath. In fact, the raider has to get back to their bench without breathing out. The opposition team will try and stop the raider from returning to their bench. 

Chess Boxing 

If your mental fitness is as important to you as your physical fitness, then you may want to try Chess Boxing. 

The game of Chess boxing comes from Germany and has been around for nearly 20 years. Unsurprisingly, as the name suggests, the game is a mixture of chess and boxing, 

In each game, there are 11 rounds. The game switches between three minutes of speed chess, and three minutes of boxing.

The winner is the first to either win the game of chess or the boxing match. 

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