3 Exciting Sports You Should Try as an Adult: Climbing, Volleyball, Jiu Jitsu

A working adult’s life is not always easy. We often get so bogged down in the daily grind that we forget to take proper care of ourselves. When we do have free time, we might just sit on the couch or surf the web. The problem with this is that we can become complacent, isolated, and physically unhealthy. If regular fitness programs with weights and aerobics seem boring, a good remedy might be to engage in sports. Not only will you get some much-needed exercise, but you may also find being involved in a new recreational community. Check the risks involved before you make a decision to try any new sport, and a pre-activity physical exam by a physician is also highly recommended.

Here are three sports you might consider as an adult.


Indoor rock climbing is a great way to start flexing your muscles without too much pressure or the need for quick-paced velocity. You can start on your own at a local climbing gym with walls that aren’t too high off the ground. These walls don’t require ropes, and your aim is to move along a specific path that often goes sideways rather than just straight up.

As you continue to climb, you can work all areas of your body because of how you need to reach, pull, push, and stabilize yourself. You may meet some friends along the way as well and eventually ascend to greater heights.

Of course, climbing is not a good choice if you’re afraid of heights or you’re susceptible to fainting or dizziness.


The virtue of volleyball is its ability to include and bring together just about anyone. By working with your team to bump, set, and spike the ball across the net, you develop teamwork and coordination with other players. Competitive teams master six basic skills: serve, pass, set, attack (spike), block and dig (dive).

Volleyball is a sport that doesn’t require you to be super fast or strong, if you’re involved in casual games. Whether you have only a few players or many, the sport is easy to organize a game. Regulation team size for the summer olympic games is six members to a team, but you can play with teams of two, four, or six, and rotate if you have more than six on a team.

Jiu Jitsu

Joining a jiu jitsu class is another route you can go. It can help you strengthen your muscles, build cardiovascular endurance, and lose weight. Jiu Jitsu was founded on the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger, heavier opponent by using technique, leverage, and most notably, taking the fight to the ground, and then applying joint locks and chokeholds to defeat the opponent. Increasing these skills can involve a rewarding progression as you train with your instructors and peers for mastery over many complex techniques.

An additional advantage of jiu jitsu is that it teaches you self-defense, which can help you to feel safer outside of the sessions you take part in. Jiu jitsu is used by professional UFC fighters, solidifying the effectiveness of its health and self-defense benefits.