As an athlete there comes a time when training, worrying about your diet and thinking about the sport your preparing for just burns a hole in your mental capacity. Breaking up the constant and continuous beating is important.
Having fun is one of the most significant ways to break up these neurotic patterns we build as athletes. But as an athlete, you can’t just go to the movies and feel stimulated enough to let loose really. Here are 5 of my favorite ways to de-stress and have fun while you are at it.
Ax throwing has blown up on the scene as of late. It is an interesting way to have fun. Think of the most extreme version of darts. This is where lumberjacks get together to drink and toss hatchets at a board with targets on it. It sounds so foreign and novel but trusts me it is one of the most fun experiences I have ever had.
There is a technique to throwing an ax, and it will take some time to learn, and the use of a coach to help teach all the participants how to effectively throw an ax helps tremendously. This is very much like bowling where you can go with a team and compete with each other.
This is a tried and true way to get out and have some fun. I am sure everyone has gone bowling at least one time or another. You can go bowl with your team or with a couple of friends outside your sport.
Going to the bowling alley has been a way to spend a Sunday afternoon for as long as I can remember. It is a cheap way to get away from things that may be bothering you and have some fun.
You can get in some decent active recovery by bowling. The most prominent thing you should do is learn how to throw the ball though. I remember one time I had no idea how to throw the bowling ball correctly and I dislocated a finger. Stay safe out there kids.
If you are looking for a fun way to get your cardio in, then look no further than laser tag. This used to be a favorite of mine when I was growing up. There was a laser tag arena just up the street from me, and I spent almost every weekend playing one or two games with friends.
It is fun and challenging. You are also on teams with people you may not know. It is a great way to socialize and get in the much needed time away from the grind. If you have a laser tag place near you and you have never experienced it, then you should go and try it asap. I remember going on my own a couple of times as a kid because I enjoyed it so much. It keeps you thinking about the moment instead of the trials of training upcoming.
Now this one may be only for a select few people but it is worth a try nonetheless. You may not be physically capable of doing this or your coach may not what you to do it because it can be extremely taxing on your body.
However, if you are in the midst of the offseason and you just need something to break up the monotony of daily training and want to experience something new then by all mean s rock climbing may be a viable option for you.
Many people who experience wall climbing or actual rock climbing say they reach what they call a flow state so much easier. This flow state is a great way to alleviate mental stress because you are not thinking about what you are doing you are simply doing it.
This one is difficult not physically but mentally. You need to get a boost of mental energy than do an escape room with your teammates or your friends. They come in a variety of different styles from horror themed to sci-fi themed. The main idea is to figure out a way to escape the room by completing a bunch of tasks that lead to the key for the door to open.
An escape room is a great way to develop leadership abilities as well as creating a tighter bond within a team. This is because you have to work together in order to make your way out of the room. It will help you solidify any hierarchies within the team.
An escape room will also help you get you away from the physically draining and day to day grind of being an athlete. This will be a great way to rest the body and tax the mind!