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Feedback from a user: How using a real time location sharing can be helpful when things don’t go as planned?

Going out with a bike on a summer afternoon is one of the greatest pleasures. On holidays it becomes an essential activity for sport lovers, like Julio, one of our beloved users. Julio knows that the physical activity of biking couples well with the chance to discover some places that otherwise would remain hidden, such as mountain tops, getting through the fog in the forests or surrounding a lake. Riding a bike means speed, freedom, beautiful landscapes and of course, getting fit.  

“My son usually goes cycling before going to work, even if we do not go together we like to be connected so I can see his whereabouts, how far he has traveled and feel calm while he goes out to the nature with the bike. Parents love to share experiences with their children even through an app”, says Julio.

Not only is it nice to share same interest, but it can also result very helpful. Julio recently explained us how using Wave helped him to overcome a bike accident:

“I opened a wave one day that my son was going out with the bike and I saw that he stopped at one point for a long time and then went to a gas station. There he texted me on the Wave chat to inform me that he had to fix the wheel of the bike, however it did not go well. After a while he stopped again and texted me he needed me to get and pick him because the wheel was broken again and he did not have time enough to fix it before returning home”, says Julio.

“Therefore, I opened the map on Wave and I saw exactly where he was, I got the directions to get to him and picked him up with my 4×4. It was super easy to arrive there. Without Wave, I would have been more complicated for me to know where he was and understand his explanations”, reports Julio.

In the nature there are no clear signs to indicate how to get to a place or how long it takes to reach one place. It is also not easy to arrange a meeting point as you could do in a city, so with Wave you can locate all those who go by bike in real time, see where they are and how to reach them.

Wave is an app to share your location temporarily and privately with whoever you want. This way you can open a map to follow your friends footsteps and feel connected and safe as at any moment they can identify where you are. On the map the participants can spot each other, get directions, set a meeting point and chat.

“When he goes out we open a Wave and we both share the location in real time so he knows where I am and I can see that he is fine, where he is going to and if he takes too long to return home. Wave is the best application I have found to be connected with my son without picking up the phone and calling him, as it does not disturb us when it comes to going with the bike and it allows me to help him whenever I can”, says Julio.

User stories make us very happy because we see how useful Wave is for helping people to be connected and feel safe anywhere in the world practising their favourite activity. Here you have some other stories to get you ready for the next adventure!

Do you want to write us your own case? Feel free to drop us a comment. Enjoy the ride!

5 activities to stay fit without stepping into a gym during the summer

While half the world waits the spring to settle in, the other half is enjoying a warm summer, holidays and plans with friends or family to relax, have fun, try new food, eat ice cream and… say ‘goodbye diet!’ The summer ends with all the exercise plans that we have imposed during the year and the lack of time stop us from continuing with our exercise routine.

Whether you usually go to the gym or exercise at home, there is a bunch of fun activities to do outdoor that are flexible enough to fit your timetables and introduce a fresh new way of getting fit while enjoying the holidays.

These outdoor activities can change the location from time to time, so we recommend that you download for free Wave Application, an application where you can share your location on a private map with your sports partners and meet them, even in the most remote part of the park where you will tone your muscles. The best thing is that it is private and temporal, use it only to meet them and no one else will know your location.

Try some of the following ones and you will see how you feel better at the end of the day, you maintain your physical exercise at an optimal level and also enjoy your free time.

Yoga in a park

In all cities there are large parks in which to enjoy a walk outside the noise of cars, the civilisation and the daily routine. Surely, now and then you have walked by it, you have done a picnic or you have sat under a tree to read or to chill. Probably, you will also have seen groups of people sitting doing yoga, pilates and toning exercises.

Yoga increases agility and flexibility and helps you control your breathing. It is an activity that relaxes the mind but strengthens the body at the same time, very suitable to start because it does not require prior knowledge. Also, it is a good exercise to do during the high summer temperatures.

You may not be prepared to sign up for specific yoga classes in a gym, but why not try it a Saturday morning at the park near your home? You have nothing to lose and you may end up loving it. There are usually groups at various times during the week and you can join the ones that best fit your schedule.

How can you join? You can approach a weekend in the morning to the groups that you see or search in Internet and in social networks yoga groups that meet in your city. The prices will be lower than in a gym.

What do you need? Comfortable clothes, water and a towel, bringing a yoga mat or lying on the grass is your choice.

Roller skating

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Roller skating is a fun activity with which you strengthen your entire lower trunk, legs, hips, knees and calves. It tones your muscles and it also makes your adrenaline go up when you accelerate a little or relax if you go slowly, it’s up to you!

Even though you probably skated when you were a kid, roller skating is becoming a favourite activity for people over 30 who want to exercise and have fun once a week, because it is easy to learn, does not require a high investment in equipment and also allows you to do outdoor sports, in a group or alone when you want.

How can you join? There are several schools in all cities and if you look for social networks, surely in the park we talked about before you find groups of people who want to join. Fun and besides, it does not compromise you to follow a routine that does not fit with your vacations.

What do you need? A second-hand or brand new roller skaters, they are cheap and last for years!

Surfing, kitesurfing or related

During your holidays on the beach you can enjoy more than just a bath in the sea! Try something new and sign up to the many schools of surfing, kite surfing or paddle surf that take place in the most tourist areas. In just a week you can strengthen your body, improve your balance and your swimming skills. If you need a little inspiration, check out our latest post with the best surfing destinations in the world, for all levels.

Depending on the days you go to the beach, you can take a course of several days or try one morning to see if you like. The teachers know how to motivate you and you will see that after a few hours you will feel confident enough to get on the surfboard. Many surfers make it a lifestyle, but for you it can be add a bonus to your vacation, while you play sports and you know people who share the same passion as you.

How can you sign up? Look for the best schools in your area, surely you have several options to choose. In addition, you can usually enjoy offers and discounts to encourage you a little more.

What do you need? A swimsuit and nothing else, the rest of the equipment will be provided by the school.

Dance ‘Despacito’ in a pub

Dancing to the sounds of music on a summer night may be the culmination you need after a day of work, especially after suffering the torrid heat of the street. Swing, bachata, salsa or funky, no matter the style because they are all excellent ways to have fun while toning your body. It helps you to exercise your arms, neck, legs and hips, on one hand, and learn how to walk with a better posture, on the other hand.

In all cities many bars and discos organize weekly dance sessions for the price of a drink. You can go to try different styles to discover which one is best for you. Summer is a good time to try because groups are usually smaller as many people are on holidays, so you can be with new ones like you, who always look for partners to practice the new steps. It does not require experience or skill, just your willing to move and enjoy the rhythm.

The best thing is that every day you will find new people who are learning and you will never feel out of place, as you might do when you join a dance course in the middle of the season.

How can you sign up? You will find in social networks all the dance events related to the style you are looking for.

What do you need? Bring any comfortable clothes and you are all set up!

Volleyball in the beach

Playing volleyball is a very complete activity that you can take advantage of even when you are on vacation at the beach. It burns calories and fat, increases your energy levels, improves your coordination of eyes and hands, increases your muscle tone in arms and legs, improves your agility and flexibility and stimulates your competitiveness, among many other advantages.

Volleyball is a game in which you can learn very quickly to improve, even if you have never played before. In addition, it is surrounded by a very cool, competitive environment and allows you to meet people anywhere.

How can you sign up? You just need to join one of the leagues that are organised daily on the bigger beaches and start enjoying even more of your vacation while you get toned.

What do you need? Bring sneakers, shorts and a T-shirt. The more experienced incorporate wristbands, but if you are starting you will not cause your muscles to suffer so much to need it.

Which one of those activity suits you best? Make a change this week and choose one! Let us know how it goes! 😀 

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Check Out The Best Surf Destinations Around The World! – For all the levels

The beauty of holding the balance on the board, follow the wave ( 😉 ) and control your body, smell the salty sea and observe the surroundings are some of the reasons surf is so enjoyable. There are many valid destinations around the world to surf, depending on the weather conditions, the season, the number of surfers who will be queuing to hunt a wave and the landscape.

If you are enjoying the waves, it is most likely that your friends are on a nearby beach or a few waves away. It’s always quite difficult to find friends on the beaches full of people and umbrellas. The coolest way to avoid getting lost is to open Wave Application. Thanks to this free app you can create a group with your friends and share your live locations on a private map for a limited period of time.

Once you are all set, take a look at the list of the best surfing destinations in the world. They are the result of the comments of the most experts, the beauty of the landscape and the regularity of the good waves. Check them out and get inspired:

AUSTRALIA

Palm Beach surf destination

We start in Australia, a paradise for new wave lovers, since in practically every area there are beaches with wind and nice swell conditions. If you are a beginner, Palm Beach is the best option to start thanks to its several schools for beginners.

If you’ve spent a few years on the board and need a little more action, Bilgola Beach can be your favorite destination. Located in the northern part of the country, it is a long beach that blows a gentle southeast wind and allows a prolonged swell with waves of 1 meter high or more.

Just for adventurers, Superbank Beach is famous all over the world for its vast wild waves and solid walls where surfers crowd to prove their bravery. This beach is located on the Golden Coast, a spectacularly good area for surfers by waves and swell and for the length of its beaches.

UNITES STATES

Pipeline famous surf wave

Nantucket in Massachusetts is where beginners can find their paradise, thank to its gentle waves and its location, as it is protected from the south wind. You will find several spots along the coast to practice.

Hawaii is THE destination for the US surfers, because it offers good conditions and beautiful scenarios. The mother of all waves is in Pipeline and you can find a strong west swell following a strong north swell. Three large reefs crown this beach and cause waves of up to 6 meters. In addition, the tubes that are formed are fun and a challenge reserved only for the best.

EUROPE

To start off with your footing in the surf world, San Sebastian in the Bay of Biscay, can be the best combination of gastronomic holidays with soft beaches and a vibrant Spanish atmosphere. Many surf schools are grouped along the coastline that offers consistent waves but also has very nice protected caves. It is quite windy though.

Intermediate swells with strong wind are the characteristics that make Gwithian Beach in Cornwall, the suitable destination for those intermediate surfers who want a bit of challenge without risking their board.

The Atlantic is not an easy battlefield, and in northern Europe it can be extremely cold. If this does not discourage you, try to go to the beautiful emerald island, Ireland. One of the most consistent and best quality reef jumps in Ireland is The Peak, a benchmark for the more experienced in Bundoran Beach. It has a long swell from the southeast and forms barriers with high and wild side walls.

ASIA

In Asia the coasts of Indonesia are famous and in the internet forums the options are very varied. You have probably heard about Bali with fear and admiration, but among its many beaches it does have spots for beginners with surf schools around. The best known is Kuta beach, a long sandy beach that sends gentle waves with a slight swell. Fun and very cool to practice balance.

For experts on riding waves, it’s recommended to go near Sumatra, to the islands Mentawai. The advantage of this place is that you can go with few friends to surf without waiting queues, as there are so many islands and beaches with good conditions that the surfers are very spread out. It has strong winds and swell, not recommended for beginners.

AFRICA

South Africa is home to the best surf spots in the continent, as hosts many schools for beginners. One of the most beautiful beaches and with a consistent but gentle wave is Unzumbe.

Also in this country, there is one of the most recognized destinations in the world: J Bay or Jeffrey’s bay. Nowhere have we seen the precise water formations, such as supertubes, vertical walls or albatrosses. It has a very definite and constant swell and the waves can reach several meters height. The dominant winds are then offshore from the west to the southwest. If you feel like going to visit another country, Senegal offers wild conditions and a stunning landscape, especially in Les Almadies, that has reef breaks and consistent swell.

Do you dare to try some of these places? Let us know your own favourite spots!  

Would you dare to try these? 👉 5 extreme holiday adventures with friends

The holiday season is all about spending time with your loved ones and enjoying the time off. However, for some of you, summer is synonymous to adrenaline. If you are deciding between going climbing, diving or skydiving, follow this mini guide for the tips for the most extreme places in the world to do outdoor activities. You will find in the end some tips to keep you safe 😉

Diving between sharks, rays and morays

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There are some outstanding places for diving to experience the most dangerous animals in the world. Among the most wonderful, we recommend the Galapagos Islands, in Ecuador, an ode to the purest nature. You can dive between penguins, sharks, marine iguanas, huge turtles, rays and, of course, giant tortoises. To see the Tiger sharks, Tiger Island in the Bahamas is an unsurpassable destination for nature photographers and adventurers. More extreme still, is to dive in a cage in Gansbaai, South Africa. Sharks reach several meters and it is very dangerous to swim next to them. If you can handle the experience, it is something you will never forget.

Trekking a volcano

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Other intense activity is mountain trekking, but if it occurs in a volcano that also casts coloured fumes and toxic substances, then it becomes an unforgettable experience. You will need a special equipment, a guide, a gas mask and lots of energy, and it is advisable to conquer the summit before the sun goes down. Some of the most famous scenarios are Agua Volcano in Guatemala and Ijen volcano in Java, Indonesia. The latter is characterized by ejecting blue lava that can be seen when the sky is clear.

Climbing on a glacier

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In southern Argentina you can find some amazing places, but one of them is without a doubt the Pertio Glacier, a glacier full of cavities, paths and vertical hollows of hundreds of meters high. It is an unequaled adventure, not suitable for claustrophobic, since in many occasions you get to climb in very narrow cavities and with little illumination. It is an activity that requires patience, since it takes several hours and you need to wait for your mates. Until your friend does not go up you can not go up, so be prepared to wait hanging, while watching incredible views.

Whitewater rafting

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If you want to test yourself and fight the wind, the water and the gravity, whitewater rafting is an opportunity to prove your strength, strategy and coordination. Some of the more extreme areas are in the Copper Canyon in Mexico. It is a system of 6 guns of about 600 km of length, with several streams of diverse rivers. An experience only for veterans. Another unique spot are placed in Pokhara, Nepal, in Colorado, United States, and in White Nile, Uganda.

Skydiving in incredible places

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If you have already thrown yourself into a height between 14 thousand feet and 20 thousand feet, then you can afford the luxury of looking around and appreciating the landscape. Among the places that are known as the most beautiful in the world to do skydiving, you can find Queenstown, in New Zealand, Cairns in Australia or Livingstone in Zambia, where you will see in your fall the Victory falls.

Tips for your extreme trip

Security is very important when you go on an extreme trip so we recommend 3 tips to be safe while doing extreme outdoor sports:

1. Look at the weather forecast

Even if you go with an instructor that will tell you whether or not you can do the activity, a sudden rain or a little more wind can turn your already risky experience into a real danger. A nice app for this is AccuWeather, which also gives you information in specific places like rivers, canals, waterfalls or volcanoes. If you need something more specific, Windguru gives you a complete plan of wind forecast, tides, maximum and minimum temperatures and everything you need to know to do water sports.

2. Do not be all alone

Share your location in real time with your closest friends, with the instructor, the guide or who is doing the same activity as you, so you both know at all times how to find and help you. Wave Application is our free app where you can privately share your location with whoever needs it, from 15 minutes to 8 hours, our most used option in extreme sports.

If you really are in trouble, be sure to have downloaded iSurvive, an app that in just three taps will be sending an SMS with your location to your contacts, and it will be updating it every few seconds. It also connects you immediately with the emergency services. Another possibility is RapidSOS, developed by MIT. Once you tap the screen, It will call the closest emergency services, no matter where you are in the world.

3. Protect your skin

Sun, ice or toxic gases can be very harmful to your skin and you will have serious problems when you return. It is best that you always keep your skin moisturised and protected from the sun, as well as being immunised against mosquitoes and other insects. Just in case you forget, you can use QSun, an app that measures the temperature, the clothes you wear, your skin color and tells you how much sun protection you need.

You already have the whole pack, enjoy your trip and please send a pic to our Instagram 😉

Did you hear about this one? Top 5 Apps to do outdoor sports and get inspired

At Wave Application we believe that going outside and making memories is one of the best ways to spend our free time. To do that, technology comes in handy to take the most of any of our trips so we have shortlisted and tested the best 5 apps in the market to do outdoor sports with friends or alone and enjoy a wonderful day in nature.

 

 

View Ranger

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Is there anything better when doing outdoor sports than sharing the beautiful views of the incredible surroundings with your friends? View Ranger app thinks that knowing the environment can improve our experience and brings us the augmented reality to our excursions. With its feature Skyline, we can focus with the smartphone camera lakes, mountains, trails and routes and the app lets us know in real time the name of each peak or lake and will locate us exactly in the geography of the place. In this way those of us who are not experts of the place can conquer the best spots and learn the best routes to reach them.

In addition to the augmented reality, the maps and geolocation of this app use official sources and channels of rescue stations. Among its options, you can see information on ski slopes, hiking and road routes in natural environments. It is free on Android and iOS.

 

Wisuki

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Aloha surfers! If you are a surf adventurer and love kitesurfing, sailing, surfing or windsurfing, our personal recommendation is Wisuki. It is an app that combines the typical data sources of each beach or tourist area to surf and presents them in a list, so we can quickly decide where to go with our board each morning. The app is designed by experts and has all the desirable features, plus a graphic map in which we can take a quick look at the conditions of a specific beach.

Wisuki has information about wind, tide, weather, water temperature, twilight time and wind direction, all updated hourly. What we also love is that it adds some interesting facts that can help us decide where to go, depending on how beautiful is the beach, how entertaining or how accessible it is. It is definitely worth for practicing water sports. It is free on Android and iOS.

 

Strava

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We believe that playing sports is a rewarding experience both before and after going out, so that is why measuring your performance is a great way to feel proud and want to repeat the next weekend. Strava is one of the best apps to measure your performance in outdoor sports, the miles you have completed, the intensity, your heart rate (if you have a wearable to measure it) the altitude and all factors you need to know to be satisfied with your route.

Once you have used the application several times, the algorithm of Strava makes a specific plan for you, according to your tastes and your possibilities, so that you take a personal trainer on your smartphone. It is a very useful part for those who enjoy the self-improvement and are encouraged to try more and more hiking routes or bike more intense.

In addition, if you have a competitive side or like to learn from other users, the application has a social network in which you can share your opinions on different hiking or bike routes, share tips, pictures or just presume of your personal marks. It is free on iOS and Android.

 

FitStar

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In the field of virtual personal trainers, we like to highlight FitStar, because it combines exercises at home with outdoor activities in which you can enjoy nature, exercise and doing sport in a group. This application displays several training programs for lessons that you can complete to level up, with videos, comments and suggestions to become a true outdoor athlete with confidence and without fear of not being able to continue with the route.

What is characteristic of this tool is that you can evaluate each exercise based on its intensity and whether it has been interesting to you. Thus, the application will learn from your tastes and can adjust your exercises to you. It has a free version on Android and a Premium one with more features.

 

Mountain Project

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Leave the map aside because we introduce you to the top of the mountain trekking applications. Mountain Project has surprised us by its huge catalog of hiking trails, more than one hundred thousand around the world, updated according to the weather conditions, the intensity and duration of the route and the advice of thousands of travellers from all over the world.

If you are thinking of using your mountain boots soon, this app will take you anywhere with all the information available. Mountain Project has an intro screen where you can select the area in where you are going to practice hiking, climbing, biking or any other outdoor activity. Once you have chosen your crags to conquer, it has a map with geolocation to find the routes that you can download to use without internet, for example if you are traveling in another country, interesting spots to see and where to stop to enjoy the views.

Mountain project is also interactive, so whether you do sports with friends or not, it has recommendations of other users like the footwear and the clothes that you should wear and updated weather information in real time so you do not be surprised by a flood. You can also contribute with the community posting your best pics of your route and your personal thoughts and tips about it. It’s free on Android and iOS.

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Did you hear about this one? Top 5 Fitness apps

Some of us we have not signed up for the gym, or even worse: we did sign up but we hardly know the way there 😀 Therefore, we can suggest other ways to exercise to get in shape this year. Among countless apps on the market we chose a list of the most interesting and coolest, so that the procrastinators no longer have an excuse. Here are the most innovative apps for fitness with virtual reality, artificial intelligence and social networks:

Zombies, Run!

 

For those who hate sports because it makes them feel bored, the solution comes hand in hand with Virtual Reality. There are several apps that are taking advantage of the ‘gamification’ to introduces it into the daily routine of people and give vent to the tremendous innovative effort suggested by this format. Would you be able to exercise if a zombie panda kept chasing you?

Zombies, Run! uses scenarios created specifically for virtual reality goggles with the intention of getting yourself involved in an interesting history through your headphones. Once you start running and listening to the story, you can see yourself climbing fences and running to to survive. It may sound slightly spooky, but this app has already three million downloads worldwide. With each update, the number of scenarios increase so you never get bored.

Virzoom

 

Following with the Virtual Reality to exercise, another app that we found interesting is Virzoom. The app takes advantage of a real machines such as a bike, to immerse yourself in a story and make you protagonist of it realistically. It presents a wide range of situations such as a city defended from the dinosaurs. For the next version they will release a parkour scenario to let you jump on the rooftops of your city. Impressive.

Vi

 

If you are one of those who enjoy exercising but don’t know how to do it correctly, it would be best to hire a personal trainer at least in the beginning. Through Artificial Intelligence, the creators of VI have developed an app that controls the data of your exercises to guide you step by step, let you rest when you need to and create a personalized exercise plan for you. Vi is a personal trainer who lives right there in your harman Kardon headphones, that come in a bundle with the app.

Moov

 

Another personal trainer who uses artificial intelligence is Moov, but with the main difference that it uses a wearable device to control more exercise data, such as beats, steps you are giving or rhythm. Once you collect data from your smartwatch of your daily performance, you can adjust the intensity levels of the application to suit your needs. We really liked how complete the app is:  running, swimming, cycling, boxing, and timed workouts. Each has the option of creating an exercise table and saving your evolution.

Daily Mile

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Daily Mile

Daily Mile is an application and social network with exercise tables for all levels that you can easily do at home. It has tips, daily exercise plans and tips that you can use and share with your friends. The best part, however, is the social network that allows you to share your workout routine with your friends and followers. You can bring out your competitive side and let others know the effort you are making, and even share it directly on Twitter post…to show off or to get motivated 😉

Last but not least, if you are not planning to do sports “solo” – open a wave and meet up with your friends to go running, mountain biking, surfing… – or to have that one beer after getting all fit.

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Video: 4 funny ways to do sports with friends and lose weight

New Year and the New Year’s resolutions. Some people want to learn a new language, some travel more while others decide to spend more time with their loved ones. The one very classic New Year’s resolution in the occidental world is losing weight. Take a look at the funniest ways to do it around the world 😉

1. Grass Ski

While one part of the world is covered with snow, the other can always enjoy skiing in the sand dunes or something different: grass ski!  Paradoxically, the idea comes from a German who lives near the Austrian Alps and could not bear the idea of spending six months a year without skiing. The skis are shorter than the ones  for snow and more flexible to allow jumps and twists. It is a great experience to do sports with friends and lose some weight along the way. Grass ski has become so popular that it is now considered an official sport and skis are marketed worldwide.

2. Megangsingan Spinning

If you are lucky enough to be in Bali, throw a wooden disk in the city of Pujungan! This is a similar sport to Olympics discus throw, however, it is done with a wooden ball. The wood disk is a sport that requires good sight, strength in the arms and a vast territory to throw it far away without putting anyone in danger. It’s a cool sport that you can do it in group. You can bet who has the longest jump to make it more fun.

3. Jump like a Kangaroo

No need to travel to Australia since this one you can do almost anywhere: in the nearest park, in the mountains or in the city center. Jumping like a kangaroo is perhaps the most hilarious way to do cardiovascular exercises. This idea was born in Eastern Europe a decade ago with the invention of boots with shock absorbers, a design that allows you to jump stable and very high, anywhere.  The boot creators organize events in major cities to “dance-jump” listening to the music.

4. Reinvent traditional games

If you love Billiards or Snooker but want to try new things, here you have SnookBall, a fun sport game that involves hitting balls with your feet instead of with the cue. It is played on a grass field with three holes on each of the two longer sides of the rectangle. The goal is to get your team’s balls into the holes by kicking only the white ball and waiting for the rebound. This sport was invented by French friends Aurélien and Samuel, who wanted to give a little excitement to their group sports afternoons, get in shape and change the style of their garden. We love it and we think it is a way easier than traditional Snooker and a great sport to enjoy with friends. What do you think? What don´t you give it a try and send us a picture?

Have we missed some funny sport? Drop us a line and let us know!