By: Mission Healthy Living
April 02, 2019
Looking for a new activity or challenge for the spring? Here are some recreational ideas you might not have tried before.
Badminton and pickleball
There are tennis courts aplenty in the Pottstown area, but have you even tried their less-celebrated relatives: badminton and pickleball? Badminton is an Olympic sport, as a heated badminton match will test your reflexes. But it’s also a little friendlier for children to pick up than tennis.
To play pickleball, imagine replacing the tennis ball with a larger wiffle ball and a racquet with a paddle that resembles an oversized ping pong paddle. Here are the rules to get you started. Play badminton and pickleball at Smashville or head to Boyertown Park for your choice of three pickleball courts.
In disc golf, golf clubs and balls are replaced by frisbees you throw into chained baskets. And with no tee times or cart fees, it’s more accessible and affordable for families than golf. All you need are two frisbees: a lighter one for distance and a heavier one for “putting” (although seasoned disc golfers can carry a dozen). Discs are available online and in sports stores, as your beach frisbee likely won’t cut it. Try the course in Kenilworth Park, North Coventry Township, for 18 holes!
When we think of yoga, we typically picture an indoor studio. But there’s no need for hot yoga when going outside will do. Find a quiet place where you can breathe in fresh air while you stretch. Plus, take your relaxation to the next level with a session by a rolling stream.
Not every activity has to make you do all the work. Hop onto a beautiful horse and take in the fresh air with an afternoon horseback ride. Even though you’ll be seated, you’ll have to pay attention, react to changes quickly, and use different muscles than you’re probably used to. Plus, horseback riding is more accessible in Pottstown than you might think. Check out Warwick County Park, Springton Manor Farm and Marsh Creek State Park, among others.
Combine racquetball and volleyball and you get wallyball, an aptly named recreational sport that’s played in a racquetball court. The twist is that you can play the ball off the walls, giving wallyball a faster feel than traditional volleyball. All you need is a volleyball and a racquetball court with a net three feet off the ground. Read the rules here.
For a list of parks, trails, and other recreation areas where you can try out your new hobbies, check out our Fun & Fitness page.