4 Sports To Try When You’re Stuck At Home


Thanks to the pandemic and government lockdown rules, many of us have been stuck at home over the last year or so. This has had major repercussions on all aspects of our lives, including the way we have fun outside of work. Leisure centers have been closed and major sporting events have been halted, and this has been frustrating for those of us who love sports.

Thankfully, life is slowly returning to normal, so we won’t have to miss out on our favorite sports forever. However, there is much we can do at home to satisfy our sporting obsessions.  One way to do this is by watching older sports events online, but we can get started in new sports too. As some of them can be played from the confines of our homes, we don’t need to be outdoors to fulfill our sporting obsessions. Here are some examples.

#1: Pool

Do you have a pool table at home? If not, now might be the time to purchase one for your home. You will need space, of course, so you might need to convert your basement or make adjustments in a room you regularly use. But your efforts will be worth it, especially if you’re a fan of Paul Newman’s pool-playing character in The Hustler and The Color of Money.

These are some of the best pool tables to buy in 2021

#2: Ping pong

You’ll need good hand-eye coordination for ping pong, as it’s a much faster game than pool. It is remarkably good fun, however, and as ping pong balls are lightweight, you won’t have to worry about the ball causing damage to your home if you misjudge the back and forth of your play. You don’t necessarily need to buy a ping pong table either as you can play on your dining room table if you’re lacking space elsewhere. Still, if you do have space, the investment is worth it.

These are the 10 best ping pong tables currently available. 

#3: Archery

Archery isn’t a sport you can try indoors unless you have a hallway or a room that is large enough. But if you have a yard or a garden that is big enough to let you live out your Robin Hood fantasies, this might be something you consider. Of course, you should probably extend your fence as you don’t want to injure your neighbors. And you will need to adhere to archery safety rules too. But after taking these precautions, this could become a sport you excel at after a bit of practice. 

Check out this ultimate guide on practicing archery at home

#4: Virtual reality sports

Thank goodness for VR headsets. There are all kinds of sports we can play within virtual reality, including those that we don’t have the opportunity to play in real life. Boxing, golf, and ultimate frisbee are just three of the sports that can be played from within our own living rooms, and there are VR titles based on archery and ping pong too.

Here are 10 VR sports games to play at home

So, don’t worry if you’re still stuck at home. Try out the sports we have mentioned if they take your interest, and look for other ideas online.

Written by Sami Jarjour

The Co-Founder of Sports ON Tap & Host of "Stuff That Matters w/ Sami Jarjour" Podcast & Co-Host of "Pod That: Two Brothers Talkin' Sports"

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