Sports and games are the best stress busters. Not only that, they are also good mood lifters. They help us to grow strong both physically and mentally. Indoor sports and games provide us the pleasure of playing in a closed environment. It is so convenient to play indoors. The best part about indoor sports is that they can be played all year round! Bad weather conditions cannot stop us from playing! Here is my list of top 10 indoor sports and games
British Army officers stationed in India modified the traditional billiards and devised snooker. Snooker is a game played on a billiards board with 15 red balls, six balls of other colours, and a white cue ball in which we have to pot the other balls using the cue ball. Some play snooker as a recreational game while some play it for money and prestige. It may seem ordinary but there is so much to this game. It can be considered as example of applied physics and geometry. Some of its benefits include enhancing focus and coordination, and promoting self confidence if you are good at this game.
Squash is a great sport that provides fun and recreation. It is a game played in an enclosed court by two or four players who strike the ball with their rackets and hit onto playable surfaces of the walls of the court. Not many people used to know about squash but it is gaining so much popularity these days due to the fact that people are enjoying it once they start playing. The reason may be that it is fast and exciting. It is a fast growing sport and is becoming a serious game at the competitive level too. Besides being enjoyable, it is also advantageous. Playing squash improves cardiovascular health, maintains healthy weight, and promotes good coordination and flexibility. It also helps you to learn better social skills and gives an opportunity to make new friends. Squash is a very good leisure activity to try!
Whenever you want to hang out with friends, bowling alley is one of the favourite choices. Bowling is a sport which involves rolling a ball down a lane to knock down a group of pins. It is not as simple as it looks; it is a complicated sport indeed. You must be able to understand the lane conditions to bowl well. The common types of balls used these days are the resin balls. Professional bowlers play at competitive and elite levels. For amateur bowlers it is fun to go bowling with friends. One thing you have to know is that it is not only fun but it also has some health benefits like promoting muscle growth, helping lose weight, muscle toning and strengthening. You can socialize and make friends at the bowling alley. Bowling is surely a great sport to enjoy. All I want to say is next time you go bowling leave no pin standing!
7. Table Tennis
Many people across the world play table tennis. It is an indoor variation of tennis, played on table divided by net with small paddles and a light weight ball. Table tennis is a complex physical sport. It is good for the body, mind and soul. It has many physical as well as mental benefits. It improves flexibility, helps for weight loss, develops motor skills and balance, improves concentration and brain function. Even though table tennis can be played as a high intensity physical activity, there is a very low risk of injury as there is no contact between the players. Table tennis is often called ‘high speed Chess’ due to the tactical challenges presented by the game. Table tennis is definitely a good investment!
Badminton is a game played with rackets in which a shuttlecock is volleyed across a narrow net. This game is packed with loads of entertainment and benefits. It is a versatile sport. Regularly playing badminton helps to reduce bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol. It also helps to strengthen heart muscle, reduce blood pressure and avoid hypertension. Playing badminton keeps you motivated, strong and healthy. Badminton is a very friendly game and you can enjoy playing it with friends and relatives. Movie actor Aamir Khan, who also plays badminton well, said that “Badminton is a great way to de-stress and chill out after a hard day’s work.” I totally agree with him.
Chess is one of the most ancient games yet has a great glory even today! Bobby Fischer, my favourite player, described that “Chess is war over the board. The object is to crush the opponents mind.” In my words, chess is a war of thoughts between two players on a chess board having 16 pieces each with the objective of check mating the opponent’s king. Savielly Tartakower stated “Chess, like love, like music, has the power to make man happy.” And of course chess makes anyone happy, it is a game for players of all ages and also there is no retirement in chess! People from any walk of life cannot just ignore chess as this game has only benefits. Chess enhances mental development and hence used to treat many disabilities. You can learn a lot in chess like visualization and judging the body language. You can improve your memory and become more creative. Chess will teach you patience and will power. I played hundreds of chess matches but not two games were same, every game is a new experience. Chess is more of an art than a game. In this context, I want to mention Aaron Nimzowitsch’s quote “The beauty of a move lies not in its appearance but in the thought behind it.”
Volleyball is a game played by two teams of six players each on a rectangular court divided by a high net, in which each team tries to ground the ball on other team’s court. This is a high energy game in which lot of physical movements like jumping, squatting, diving and coordinated hand movements are necessary. Our body has many benefits by playing volleyball, few of which are burning excess fat, improving hand-eye coordination and providing physical fitness. As it is a team game, it has many social benefits such as fostering friendship, constant interaction with teammates and learning to cooperate with each other. It has been observed that volleyball players have best figure compared to other people who exercise regularly.
Boxing is one of the most popular and celebrated sports as you know. It is the act of fighting with fists by using boxing gloves in a boxing ring. This sport makes the body and mind strong. It is the toughest sport in my opinion. Boxing has many benefits. It is a humbling experience and the boxers learn to face humility. This benefit helps in shocking ways. Boxing can be of use as a self defense if we end up in a dangerous situation. People having issues with their anger can channel it into something positive like boxing. Professional boxing has become a global phenomenon giving great opportunities to aspiring fighters. Boxers face tough situations. They endure inevitable pain with a strong attitude. I am always awed by their guts, strength, and endurance.
Swimming is a great recreational activity in which we glide through water using our limbs. I feel that it is an intimate experience with water. Having a great swim in pleasant waters on a hot sunny day is quite a marvelous experience and it is relaxing too. Swimming helps to stay fit and keep in shape thus improving physique. It also renews energy, increases circulation, and builds endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness. Swimming lovers who want to take this sport more seriously can go for competitive level swimming. The four main strokes in competitive swimming are freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly. A personal advice, swimming is fun but drowning is not! So you have to follow the safety measures while swimming.
1. Basket ball
Basketball is the most popular indoor sport and second most popular team sport after soccer. According to me it is the most inspiring sport. Basketball is played by two teams of five players each. The objective is to throw the ball into the basket at the opponent’s side of a rectangular field. Guys are totally into this sport! Not only playing but also watching basketball is a great thrill as it is a fast game involving things like shooting, dribbling, passing, rebounding and blocking. Even more thrilling is the exciting finishing moments which occur frequently in basketball. That is the reason why there are many memorable sports moments in the history of this sport. Basketball has many health benefits as it demands lot of physical work. It also has a cultural and social significance. There is a quote saying “Basketball doesn’t build character. It reveals it.” Whenever you are stressed, find a hoop and shoot a basketball!