Recreational Sports: The Forgotten Cardio Workout


Can recreational sports be a supplementary part of your cardio workouts? Would playing basketball three days a week be a good replacement for running on the treadmill? There are plenty of oft-forgotten benefits to including recreational sports as part of your physical activity routine. Here are some suggestions for recreational sports in Milwaukee.

Recreational Sports vs. Cardio Equipment

Running on a treadmill can get very monotonous. Wouldn’t one rather take part in a sport during which the conditions constantly change, and still get the needed workout for your goals?

One of the main benefits of playing a recreational sport is that you never know what will happen in a game of volleyball, basketball or even soccer at the club. Running on a treadmill or using an elliptical are absolutely great cardio workouts as well, but if you’re looking for a mental challenge and to mix things up, playing sports is a great way to go.

If you are an individual that has been a sports enthusiast for much of your life, it would make sense that you have trouble transitioning your workouts into a fitness center as you bypass your high school, and collegiate days on the courts. A typical fitness center or health club in general isn’t designed well for a former competitive athlete because everyone is there doing their own individual workouts. As athletes, we are used to being a part of team workouts, or even competitions that bring us all closer together.

The best way we can get that team-belonging feeling from our clubs is by participating in the recreational sports that our respective club may offer, or even from a group exercise class. For Elite Sports Clubs, this could range all the way in the spectrum of sports from swimming, tennis, basketball, and volleyball to even indoor soccer. If one is used to the competitive spirit of sports, then these recreational sports can at least help you offset your desire for competition. It is also a great way to get a workout in if you are an individual who only worked out because of sports in high school or college.

Playing basketball for an hour is an aerobic activity that can easily help offset running on a treadmill or using an elliptical machine. So, if you are someone who is looking for workouts that will not only challenge you physically, but also mentally then consider taking up one of the many recreational sports in Milwaukee that Elite Sports Clubs has to offer!

Do you prefer machines for cardio or recreational sports? Does your health club offer recreational sports? How do you change up your treadmill runs, stationary bike rides or elliptical workouts to keep it new? Please share your comments.

Plus check out the recreational sports offered at Elite Sports Clubs.